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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.

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 pursue a Certificate in the Study of Law 

Introductory Law Courses

These courses are specifically designed to offer background and expertise to students who are not pursuing a law degree (JD, LLM, LLCM, SJD). All Certificate and Master in Law degree students must take Introduction to US Law and Legal Methods.  Master in Law students must take 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.  Summer 2015 courses are not yet available on the Course Finder; they will be available in late spring.

Summer Session II 2015:

Introduction to US Law and Legal Methods
LAW 511301 (1CU)
T, Th 5:30-8:30 pm (Prof. Grogan)

Now more than ever a basic understanding of U.S. legal principals is indispensable across a wide array professional and academic landscapes. This survey course introduces non-law students to all aspects of U.S. law through a combination of case law and the Socratic method, both techniques unique to legal education. This methodology stimulates critical thinking and can be valuable whether you decide to enter law school or not.  The course explores the structure of government and the constitutional foundations of the U.S. legal system and covers a wide range of topics in the areas of civil, criminal, and administrative law.  The course will incorporate recent cases of note into the curriculum and provide an overview of legal issues which impact professionals in a variety of fields, including but not limited to law.  


2014-2015 Academic Year:

Introduction to Health Law & Policy LAW 530301  (1CU)
Fall 2014: Th 5:30-8:15

Introduction to General Business Law LAW 528301 (1CU)
Spring 2015: T 5:30-8:15

Navigating the Regulatory State: Law, Science and Policy LAW 529301 (1CU)
Spring 2015: Th 5:30-8:15

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 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.

Contact the Registrar’s Office to inquire about taking a Law class: 
215.746.7822 /