Procedure for Applying to Study Elsewhere in the US
A student seeking to study elsewhere in the United States must submit a petition requesting permission to do so from the Dean of Students.
The deadline for submitting a petition for study elsewhere for “educational advantage” is February 1 of the academic year prior to the year the student seeks to be away from Penn Law.
Petition Requirements for Study Elsewhere for Educational Reasons
Petitions should include:
a) The name of the other university and/or law school,
b) A description of the academic program which the student wishes to pursue,
c) A description of the courses, unavailable at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, which the student intends to take at the other institution,
d) An explanation of the likelihood, confirmed by the other institution, that the student will be able to take the desired courses,
e) The purpose that will be satisfied by the proposed courses,
f) If the student has not completed the Law School's Professional Responsibility course requirement, an explanation of how it will be satisfied,
g) If the student has not completed the Law School's senior writing requirement, an explanation of how it will be satisfied,
h) If the student has not completed the full, two-year public service requirement, an explanation of how it will be completed,
i) A copy of the student's Law School transcript, and
j) A realistic date, confirmed by the other school, when the Law School Registrar may expect to receive the student's grades at the conclusion of his or her work there.
Petitions to Study Elsewhere for Personal Reasons
Students seeking to study elsewhere for personal reasons should e-mail or contact the Assistant to the Dean of Students for the purpose of scheduling a meeting with the Associate Dean to discuss the circumstances for the request. Petitions may be made anytime up to June 1 following the students second year, and must address the same questions noted above.