Transcript Requests & Other Forms
Below are links to forms often requested by students and alumni. Where indicated, please return the forms to the Registrar’s Office.
The Registrar’s Office
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204
- Transcript Request
- Request to Enroll in a Law School Course
- Letter of Good Standing & Form Requests
- Senior Writing Requirement - Faculty Authorization Form
- Law Credit for Non-Law Course Form
- Independent Study Form
- Independent Research Seminar Form
- Wharton Authorization Request For Non-MBA Candidates Form
The transcript is the official record of coursework and grades at the Law School, by term. It also displays degrees awarded, honors earned, and academic notes.
To Order Online: Current students and alumni (Class of 1988 or later) can use Penn InTouch to place orders and pay for transcripts using a Visa or MasterCard. In addition, currently enrolled students who are eligible to make purchases using their PennCard will also be able to charge their orders to their Student Billing Account. To place an order, log in to Penn InTouch and select ‘Order transcripts’ under ‘Academic records’ on the left hand menu.
To Order By Mail: If you do not have access to Penn InTouch or if you prefer to pay by check, please print out the Transcript Request Form, fill it out completely, enclose a check for $10 per transcript (both for official and unofficial requests) made payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” and send to the above address.
To Order In Person: If you are on campus, please stop in the Law Registrar’s Office during regular business hours. Blank order forms are available in our office. Transcripts will be available the following business day. If you need ‘same-day’ service, you can visit the University’s Registrar’s Office, located in the Franklin Building, second floor.
Cost of your order: $10.00 per transcript
Please also note:
- For security reasons, transcripts cannot be faxed.
- Transcripts will be sent via first-class mail, within 24 to 48 hours of our receiving your request.
- If you wish us to send the transcript via priority mail (FedEx, etc.), you must provide us with either a billing account number (and the carrier’s name) or with complete credit card information (full name on the card, credit card number and the expiration date). Also, please keep in mind that FedEx cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address.
Undergraduate and Graduate students who are enrolled in other divisions of the University may enroll in a course offered by the Law School provided there are available seats in the course.
- Undergraduate students must present a letter from their advisor approving their enrollment in a graduate level Law School course.
- Students requesting enrollment in Law School courses must follow the policy of their home department or school when registering for courses outside of the department or school.
- Credit for law courses are not transferable to the Penn Law School Juris Doctor program and are not transferable to most other law schools.
- The completed form should be returned to the Law School Registrar’s Office. A permit for the requested course will be entered into SRS allowing the student to register for the course through Penn InTouch.
- A form must be completed for each Law School course being requested.
Complete the Letter Request Form for the Registrar’s Office to prepare any of the following letters or forms on your behalf:
- Letter certifying that you are currently enrolled and in good standing at Penn Law
- Letter certifying you were previously enrolled at Penn Law School
- Letter certifying that you graduated from Penn Law School
- Practical Training Letter
- Loan Deferment Form (form to be supplied by student)
- Any other form you may need completed
If you would like us to send your letter directly to a third party, please provide a mailing address.
Requirement and Goals (more information on the above form)
Each JD student is required to participate in a scholarly research and writing project in either the second or third year. The requirement is intended to assure that every student demonstrates proficiency in scholarly research and writing under close faculty supervision. A senior writing project should provide faculty-student intellectual interchange and an opportunity for constructive faculty criticism regarding avenues of research, analysis, organization, and style. The writing may take the form of a single long paper or several shorter papers, as the supervising faculty member shall determine. The criterion that the project be “scholarly” is intended to exclude routine advocacy but not necessarily (in the discretion of the supervising faculty member) advocacy that results from a thorough and objective investigation of governing authority.
It is expected that the faculty member, whether full-time or adjunct, will provide close personal supervision and comment and that the student will undertake revision and further writing in light of the critiques. The senior research and writing experience will involve the following steps, each with faculty consultation:
- Selection of the topic,
- Submission of a first draft, and
- Submission of a final draft that meets, to the faculty member’s satisfaction, the standard of proficiency in scholarly research and writing (after revisions in light of faculty critique of the first and any subsequent drafts that the faculty member requires).
Guidelines for enrolling in non-law courses:
- JD candidates may receive credit for up to 12 semester hours of graduate-level courses taken at the University during their combined 2L and 3L years.
- LLM candidates may take up to six semester hours of grad-level coursework in another department of the University.
- Courses must be relevant to your legal education and must be of sufficient academic rigor to meet the exacting standards of law school education at Penn; and the course must be a graduate-level course (normally 500 level or higher). The Law School does not grant credit for introductory language study.
- The decision about granting credit for non-Law courses is made by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Accordingly, all students must make an application and have that application approved before registering for non-Law courses.
- Course schedules and descriptions can be found in the Fall/Spring Course Timetable or Course Roster at www.upenn.edu/registrar.
- Submit a Law Credit for Non-Law Course Request Form to the Registrar’s Office to ensure the course credits will count toward your law degree.
Independent Study work may be awarded credit under the supervision of the faculty. Such work typically involves an expository research paper, creation of a brief, or, on occasion, faculty research assistance. Students wishing to undertake work as an independent study should complete the Independent Study Form, which requires the signature of the faculty. Completed forms should be returned to the Registrar’s Office. Independent studies usually are granted two or three semester hours’ credit.
The purpose of these seminars, typically student-initiated, is to permit an interested group of highly motivated second and third year students to pursue a subject in greater depth than might otherwise be possible in the regular course curriculum, without too great a diversion of faculty time from competing curricular demands. Thus, the students bear the primary responsibility for defining the subject, preparing the syllabus and reading list, conducting research and discussion meetings and completing and criticizing any written work. Each such seminar must be conducted subject to the ultimate supervision of a member of the law faculty, whose consent will have to be secured by the student participants. The responsibilities of the faculty supervisor are to assist in preparing the seminar syllabus and reading list, to assure that the goals and conduct of the seminar are of substantial educational value, and to evaluate student performance for the record. No such independent seminar may be taken for credit unless a faculty supervisor is found and his/her approval secured for the seminar syllabus. Furthermore, unless specifically authorized in accordance with the policy on independent journals seeking official recognition, no credit will be awarded for an independent research seminar associated with the operation of a student-run journal that involves tasks such as article selection, copy-editing, cite-checking, proofreading, or other work preparing the scholarship of others for publication.
Law students that are interested in taking an MBA course at Wharton must do the following:
1. Complete the Wharton Authorization Request For Non-MBA Candidates form
- Obtain approval and signature of faculty member teaching the course, if required.
- Keep a copy for your records.
- Drop off the original form to Wharton Graduate Academic Services Office (300 Jon M. Hutsman Hall)
- If authorization is granted, you must claim the authorization (permit) within 24 hours by (1) Enrolling via Penn InTouch or (2) Having the Law School Registrar’s Office enroll you in the course on your behalf.
- Unclaimed authorizations/permits will be cancelled after 24 hours.
2. Submit the Law Credit for Non-Law Course Request Form. The Dean of Students reviews requests for Law credit.