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Law Courses for Penn Students and Staff

Current University Students and Staff - take a class at Penn Law!

Penn Law welcomes students enrolled in professional and graduate programs at Penn, upper-class undergraduates, and staff to take a class at the Law School. We appreciate the voices of those with varied backgrounds in the law school classroom. Whether you are interested in exploring the future possibility of law school or in complementing your career or studies in another discipline, we are certain you will find Penn Law courses and programs of study that interest you and meet your needs.

Penn graduate students, Penn faculty and Penn staff - consider taking a class or enrolling in the Master in Law degree from Penn Law, providing a strong signal that you possess expertise in the legal issues that intersect with your professional field and academic interests.

Students in any of Penn’s graduate or professional schools who wish to incorporate a legal perspective into their programs of study are invited to take a class or pursue a Certificate in the Study of Law.

Tuition and Fees for AY 2015-2016:

Master in Law Candidates (per CU)
- tuition: $6,636
- general fee: $336
- tech fee: $117

Penn Graduate Students
- tuition is based on your home school’s tuition policies for courses taken outside of your program. 

Non-degree Students, Penn Faculty and Staff (per CU)
Master in Law Courses (designated ML; section 301)
- tuition: $6,636
- general fee: $336
- tech fee: $117
Upper-level Law Courses (from JD/LLM curriculum)
- tuition: $8,295
- general fee: $336
- tech fee: $117


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Financial Information page.

Introductory Law Courses

Introductory Law courses are specifically designed to offer background and expertise to students and staff who are not pursuing a traditional law degree (JD, LLM, LLCM, SJD). All Certificate and Master in Law degree students must take Introduction to US Law and Legal Methods, offered each semester.  Master in Law students must take at least three additional foundational courses. 

To enroll in a course, follow the instructions below under How To Request Enrollment in a Penn Law Course. 

Course descriptions are linked below and are available on the Law School’s Course Finder.  

Spring 2016:

ML: Introduction to US Law and Legal Methods LAW 511301 (1CU)
M,W 9:00-10:20 (Rosengard)

ML: Introduction to General Business Law LAW 528301 (1CU)
M 5:30-8:15 (Sangha)

ML: Introduction to Law and Technology LAW 506301 (1CU)
T,Th 6:00-7:20 (Vagle)

ML: Navigating the Regulatory State: Law, Science and Policy LAW 529301 (1CU)
Th 5:30-8:15 (Howland)

Summer 2016 - Session II (tentative):

ML: Introduction to US Law and Legal Methods LAW 511301 (1CU)
To register, complete the LAW 511 Registration Form

Fall 2016 (tentative):

Introduction to US Law and Legal Methods LAW 511301 (1CU)
Introduction to Health Law & Policy LAW 530301  (1CU)

Upper-Level JD Courses

Penn graduate and upper-class undergraduate students can request enrollment in JD courses (first-year courses are for JD students only) on a space available basis. You can review course offerings and course descriptions on the Course Finder.

How to Request Enrollment in a Penn Law Course

  • If you have previously taken a class at Penn, submit a Request to Take a Law Course Form.
  • If this is your first class at Penn, please complete the New Student Request to Take a Law Course Form.
  • Course enrollment may, in some cases, require the permission of the Penn Law faculty member. If so, you will be notified as to how to follow up once you submit your request.
  • Students should consult with their departmental advisor about acceptance of Penn Law credits.
  • Enrollment will be based on a space available basis with priority given to degree candidates in the Master in Law program.

More About Our Programs:

  • Penn Law is conveniently located at 3501 Sansom Street between 34th and 36th Streets, a short walk from all University departments.
  • Currently, Penn Law’s upper-level curriculum is based on a semester hour system, where 3 semester hours are equivalent to 1 CU.
  • For a closer look at Penn Law’s many other education programs, including Continuing Legal Education for practicing attorneys, see our section on Legal Education Programs.

For additional enrollment and course information, contact the Registrar’s Office:
215.746.7822 /