Building on its cross-disciplinary programs, Penn Law has expanded its dual-degree options to include a joint DMD/JD degree with Penn Dental Medicine. The program was officially established in November and interested students can begin applying to the 6 to 6 ½-year program starting in January 2013.
Accepted students will complete the first and second years at Penn Dental Medicine and the third year at Penn Law. Years four and five will be at Penn Dental with a six-week refresher course prior to reentering dental school and will include one or two law courses each semester. Year six and an additional semester if required will be at Penn Law.
“We’re delighted to be offering this latest joint degree in partnership with Penn Dental Medicine,” said Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts. “In an increasingly interconnected world, our approach to legal education focuses on providing unsurpassed opportunities for cross-disciplinary training. Over the past decade the Law School has fully integrated its academic program with offerings across the University, whether in business, medicine, education, social policy and practice, or the arts and sciences.”
“The number of dual degrees available to our students at Penn Dental exceeds by far that of our peer institutions and presents our students with a unique opportunity to enhance their dental education and assume future leadership roles in the dental profession,” says Dr. Uri Hangorsky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn Dental Medicine.
This new DMD/JD degree is the latest of more than 30 joint degree and certificate programs available at Penn Law. More than 100 students graduate each year with joint degrees or certificates.