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Certificate in Law 

Students preparing to enter many fields benefit from an understanding of the legal issues facing their future professions and impacting their work or academic discipline.

Our Certificate of Study in Law gives Penn graduate students an opportunity to become immersed in important legal topics in the areas of their academic interests.   


Certificate Program Opportunities & Requirements       

  • The Certificate in Law requires the successful completion of four Penn Law courses:
    • LAWM 511 - Intro to US Law and Legal Methods is required.
      • Offered in the summer, fall, and spring semesters, LAWM 511 is recommended as the first course non-law students take at Penn Law in order to be prepared for additional Certificate in Law coursework; and
    • Three additional Penn Law courses.
      • Upon request and approval, students may substitute for one of these courses, either a law-relevant course from their primary academic program or a cross-listed with law course from their primary school or graduate program.*
  • Students must be enrolled in a graduate program or professional school at the University of Pennsylvania to earn a Certificate in Law.
  • The courses required for the Certificate may be completed at any time during the candidate’s graduate studies.
  • Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in all courses counting toward the Certificate.
  • The Certificate of Study in Law will be granted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School faculty to Penn graduate students who successfully complete its requirements. 

How to Register             

  • Qualified students should express their interest by sending an email to Sherita Ragins at The email should include: 
    • Your Name
    • Your Program of Study and Department
    • A brief statement of your interest in studying at Penn Law and an idea of the courses and/or topics you would be interested in exploring (to learn more about course offerings at Penn Law, please click here).
Please Note:
  • The Master in Law Director or his/her designate can meet with interested students to individually tailor a program that satisfies their academic interests (encouraged but not required).
  • It is expected that many Law courses will have openings for graduate students in most years. In any given semester, however, graduate students cannot be assured of available spots in all classes.  Candidates will be accepted and enrolled into Penn Law courses according to the generally established procedures for non-Law students studying at the Law School please click here for additional registration information.
  • If you have already taken a course or more at Penn Law and wish to enroll in the Certificate Program, the Master in Law Director or his/her designate may authorize the consideration of these courses toward Certificate in Law completion. We strongly recommend contacting the Director before you enroll in Penn Law courses to assure that the courses you select will count towards your Certificate.
  • Certificate candidates are encouraged to participate in the Penn Law community and to attend events and symposia.

*Requests for substitution are made via email to and are approved by the Academic Director of the ML program.