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Penn Law welcomes LLM Class of 2016

July 27, 2015

On July 24, Penn Law welcomed 118 students into the LLM Class of 2016. Chosen from nearly 1,400 applicants, these lawyers, judges, government officials, and academics from 34 different countries have come to the LLM program for a year of graduate study. And in addition to the new LLM class, Penn Law also welcomed two SJD students and a visiting Judicial Scholar.

“The LLM Class of 2016 is an incredibly talented collection of students with a diverse range of backgrounds and professional interests,” said Matthew Parker L’00, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. “Made up of corporate counsel, partners and associate attorneys from law firms of various sizes and specialties, lawyers working at banks and other financial institutions, judicial and legislative law clerks, compliance officers, judges, government ministers, prosecutors, human rights attorneys, legislative staff members, NGO attorneys, law professors, dual degree students, and exchange students, they are truly an impressive group.”

The LLM program at Penn Law is a one-year, full-time course of study for lawyers whose first degree in law is from outside the United States which gives international students an enhanced understanding of American law. Students design their own curriculum, which allows them to explore their particular areas of interest, and take classes alongside upper-level JD students.

The 10-month LLM program begins with a five-week summer program, in which students take two courses: Foundations of the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Legal Writing/Research.

“Our summer program allows the LLM class to build a community before they begin taking classes with the JD students in fall semester,” said Elise Luce Kraemer L’93, Director of Graduate Programs. “They get to develop their own identity as a class as they become members of the Penn Law community.”

As part of the LLM program, students also have the option of pursuing the Wharton Business and Law Certificate, which is designed specifically for LLM students interested in international business. The certificate program is taught by Wharton faculty and industry experts, who prepare students to compete in today’s global legal environment.

Additionally, LLM students have the chance to develop their professional skills and get to know the different communities throughout Philadelphia by taking part in the LLM Public Service Program and Penn Law’s clinical programs.