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Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities: Study at Other Penn Departments

Cross-Disciplinary Education

Penn Law’s vision of legal education is built on our interdisciplinary curriculum, which is reflected in our cross-professional faculty and our strong ties to the University’s graduate and professional programs. It is our strong belief that legal education must facilitate cross-disciplinary preparation in other professional fields.

At Penn, students can easily enhance their legal education through study in many disciplines, either through matriculation in a joint program or by taking up to four courses in other departments.

Program Overview
Certificates of Study

Formal Programs

Penn Law has formal arrangements with many of the graduate and professional programs on campus that allow a student to earn a joint degree, or a certificate of study, in a complementary discipline. To learn more about the current list of these programs, please consult Amanda Aronoff ( in the Registrar’s Office. She can provide you with the current list and also direct you to the appropriate staff members who can assist you with applications or consideration of joint degree and certificate programs.

While Penn Law subsidizes the cost of certificates or joint degrees to partner schools for up to four non-law, graduate level courses, the certificate or joint degree candidate is responsible for an administrative fee set annually.

Ad Hoc Study

Students in the upper-level of the JD program may take up to 12 semester hours, and LLM students up to 6 semester hours, of credit in other Penn departments if the courses are judged to be within the criteria required for credit-worthiness (i.e. graduate-level, relevant to a legal education, and not duplicative of coursework offered at the Law School). The process for registering for non-Law courses is described in the annual Registration Material produced by the Law School Registrar.

Tuition Issues

There is a tuition charge made for each course, and in those cases where the student is receiving Law School credit, the Law School pays that charge. Students who take courses for which they are not receiving Law School credit (because the courses do not fit the criteria noted above) are personally responsible for the tuition for those courses. The School charges additional tuition for any such course a student chooses to take.  

Policies Applicable

Students in non-Law School courses are guided by the rules, policies, procedures and grade scales of the other Department, except that disciplinary infractions are heard by the Law School’s Committee on Student Conduct and Responsibility.