Today, Penn Law stands as the most interdisciplinary law school in the United States, fully engaged with our fellow world-leading professional and graduate schools at the University of Pennsylvania. Why is this important to someone considering an LLM degree? Lawyers today must navigate among fields and approaches, not only as they serve their diverse clients, but also as they
A Strong Tradition
directly confront our most pressing worldwide challenges â€“ from energy consumption and climate change to bioethics, credit crises, fragile global markets and human rights. A Penn Law legal education is distinct: you will be called upon to integrate knowledge and to do so within a community of scholars and students who will challenge and support you. The educational and professional significance of this unique confluence cannot be overstated.
Our distinguished history began with that of the United States. Benjamin Franklin founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740, and James Wilson â€“ signer of the Declaration of Independence, framer of the U.S. Constitution, and one of the original U.S. Supreme Court Justices â€“ presented Pennâ€™s first lectures in law in 1790 to an esteemed audience, including President George Washington and members of his cabinet. Since that historic time, Penn Law has been an innovator in legal education. The LLM Program is over a century old and recognized as among the best in the United States, attracting top students from around the world.
“ I particularly like teaching at Penn because of its sense of community, the regard that students have for each other and the cooperation and trust between faculty and students. There’s a genuinely special feeling about the place.” Paul H. Robinson Colin S. Diver Professor of Law
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â€œ Penn Law is fully engaged with our fellow world-leading graduate and professional schools at the University of Pennsylvania. A legal education that integrates other fields is ideal for teaching law students how to understand and help solve the most fundamental legal and social problems in our world.â€? Michael A. Fitts Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law
“ Say ‘law and film’ to many people and the first thing they think of is copyright. But lawyers are increasingly producing documentaries to tell their clients’ stories in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and in legislative and executive branch hearings.”
Regina Austin L’73 William A. Schnader Professor of Law Director, Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law Torts, visual legal advocacy
“ Penn is a world-renowned university; one of the best in the academy. It is wonderful to teach at an institution where students are interested, smart and prepared to think broadly about issues across fields. It makes a profound difference to have all of Penn’s graduate and professional programs within a 10-minute walk.” Tom Baker William Maul Measey Professor of Law and Health Sciences
“ The law offers opportunities for involvement in a broad range of activities, from teaching and research to litigation and legislation. Learning the law at Penn offers an opportunity to profit from the insights and techniques of other disciplines while studying with talented and supportive people.” Stephen Burbank David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice
“ China’s importance to the world economy and to fundamental issues of law and governance cannot be overstated. Our students need to understand the origin and evolution of legal institutions and practices in China and its neighbors.” Jacques deLisle Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law Director, Center for East Asian Studies
“ Studying history from the perspective of law as well as religion gives students and scholars new insight into the ways that religious life and the rule of law have interacted – and why conflicts between them have produced so much controversy.” Sarah Barringer Gordon Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History
“ The Entrepreneurship Clinic has real clients in the real world with real consequences and real impact – allowing students to apply the theoretical law that they’ve learned in other classes.” Praveen Kosuri Practice Associate Professor of Law Director, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
FAC U LTY Since 2000, we have grown the Penn Law faculty by close to 50 percent while holding the size of the student body steady, further strengthening our academic rigor and maintaining our commitment to being a close and supportive community.
Scholarship Our professors are prolific scholars, publishing broadly acclaimed books and articles that advance knowledge in the law and related fields.
Teaching A low faculty-student ratio and small class size lead to close collaboration among students and professors. Faculty share their research at informal brown bag lunches, seeking student feedback on their scholarship. Professors partner with students on field-based teaching activities in the U.S. and abroad on areas such as immigration and international law.
Law School Life Faculty are actively involved in the Penn Law community, from competing in the Celebrity Law Chef Cook-off and donating time and talent to the highest bidders at the Equal Justice Foundation auction, to participating in student-organized symposia and conferences.
“ Brains don’t commit crimes; people do. We do not blame and punish brains; we blame and punish people. The criteria for responsibility and excuse are behavioral, including mental states. Neuroscience is learning much about causes of behavior, but causation alone does not excuse behavior.” Stephen J. Morse Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry
“ The most important issues facing our society are now debated through the framework of corporate law.” Edward Rock L’83 Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law
“ Internet policy must take into account how much the underlying technology and the demands being placed on the network are changing.” Christopher S. Yoo Professor of Law and Communication Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition
O U R CU RRICU LU M I nnovativ e I nte g r ati o n o f K n o w l e d g e
P e n n L a w â€™ s g r aduat e program s offer la wy er s f r om a cr oss the globe a dizzy ing a r r a y o f c o u r s es in t radit ional legal topics and eme r ging f ie lds, f r om both U .S. a nd i n te r n a ti onal perspec t ives. St udents can a lso supple me nt the ir lega l e d u c a ti o n w i t h c ourses at t he est e eme d gr a duate a nd pr of essional schools at t he U n i v e r si t y of Pennsylvania t hr ough our cr oss-disciplina r y pr ogr am.
Our Graduate Students The majority of students who enroll in our LLM program are foreigntrained law graduates who seek to become familiar with aspects of U.S. law and legal institutions or who would like to study and conduct research in a specialized field. Our LLM program admits a select and diverse group of approximately 115 full-time students to work with our faculty in a rich, involving and cross-disciplinary curriculum. Graduate students, who study alongside their upper level counterparts in the JD program, choose from a range of over 90 courses per semester, including Socratic classes, interactive seminars and clinical offerings. LLM students may also take one complementary course in any of the University’s outstanding professional and graduate schools.
“ Penn Law’s world-class professors and rigorous academic training make me feel better prepared to take on new challenges and pursue future goals. My experience here has been a great addition to my life; one that I will always reflect fondly upon. ” Samreen Malik Home Country: Pakistan LLB, University of the Punjab; LLB, University of London (External Program) BA, Kinnaird College for Women Bachelor of Arts
P e n n L a w student s t hrive on t he intellectua l e ner gy of their f aculty and clas s m ates . LLM st u d e n t s are fully int egrat ed me mber s of the L a w S chool a nd tak e cla sses a l o n g si d e u p p er level JD st udent s.
Summer Program Our innovative Summer Program offers graduate level courses in the U.S. Legal System and in U.S. Legal Research and Writing, providing arriving Penn Law LLM students an introduction to the U.S. legal system. The mandatory program includes introductory courses. Foundations of the U.S. Legal System This is a three-semester-hour intensive survey course at an advanced level that addresses certain aspects of U.S. legal thought and practice that are likely to be unfamiliar to most lawyers trained outside of the United States.
There are numerous opportunities for social interaction and students have the opportunity to take English as a Second Language classes as well.
Degree Requirements The LLM degree requires full-time attendance in both the fall and spring academic semesters. Students choose from the wide array of courses and research seminars that are part of the Law School’s JD program. LLM students may follow one of two tracks:
U.S. Legal Research and Writing
Course Track: 23 semester hours of courses and seminars
These courses cover the basic skills of U.S. lawyering, including predictive analyses and writing, effective and efficient communication and basic legal research.
Thesis Track: 20 semester hours and a senior writing project (typically done in conjunction with a seminar course)
The program also features lectures from other members of the Law School and University staff, including: • Student Affairs Office: making the most of a year of study at a U.S. law school
All LLM students can design a personal curriculum that focuses on a particular topic (e.g., international trade, cross-border regulation, criminal law or human rights) or one that samples widely from topics in U.S. and international law.
• Career Planning & Professionalism Office: job search strategies, skills and documents • Registrar’s Office: course selection and registration procedures
Even if you do not take courses outside the Law School,
• Information Technology Services: how to use the available Penn Law technology to your advantage
scholars. Nearly three-fourths of our professors hold
• Visa Registration and Related Requirements • Taking the New York Bar Exam • Continued Study of Law in the United States • Taking Exams and Preparing for Classes
you will be taught and challenged by interdisciplinary an advanced degree in another field, in addition to law. Almost 50 percent have a PhD.
A n A u g u st 2 0 07 evaluat ion by t he Amer ica n Bar Association pr aised Pe nn L a w f o r o u r d i st i n c ti ve em phasis on int egrating k nowledge with other discipline s thr o u g h o u r c o l la b o r at ions wit h t he professional a nd gr a duate schools at Penn.
Master of Comparative Law (LLCM) This program is a one-year course of advanced study for students who have already earned their LLM degree. LLCM candidates typically pursue a curriculum that concentrates on a particular field. Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) The SJD program provides an opportunity to conduct extensive research, culminating in a dissertation, under the guidance of faculty from Penn Law and, where appropriate, other professional schools and graduate departments of the University of Pennsylvania. Candidates must hold the LLM or equivalent degree from Penn Law or another law school of similar stature. The program is extremely selective, and designed for students with specific, important research goals and exceptional promise as academics. Additional information and complete application instructions for these programs are available at www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/grad/.
The Mission of Penn Law’s Doctor of Juridical Science “SJD” program is to advance legal scholarship by producing graduates who have contributed significantly to their chosen area of study, and who are prepared to become leaders in the international academic community.
I N S TI TU T E S , C E N TERS A ND PROG RA M S
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La w S c h o o l p r ofessors lead c ross- s chool center s at the Univ e r sity tha t a ttr ac t s ch o l a r s, e x p ert s, prac t it ioners and gr a duate a nd pr of essional students f r om al l f i e l d s a n d f r om around t he globe to their lectur e s, sy mposia a nd ev ents.
WHARTON BUSINESS AND LAW CERTIFICATE Wharton Executive Education and the University of Pennsylvania Law School have joined forces to offer a new certificate for students enrolled in the LLM program. The certificate is ideally suited for internationally trained attorneys who seek to develop the business skills needed to compete in today’s complex legal environment. It is designed for lawyers who wish to acquire: • An understanding of business culture in the United States. • Enhanced skills for the sophisticated presentation of investment propositions and financial projects. • Management concepts for developing or professionalizing a practice, department, firm, or business enterprise. For further information visit www.law.upenn.edu/ admissions/grad.
Institutes, Centers & Programs Institute for Law and Economics Institute for Law and Philosophy Center for East Asian Studies Center for Tax Law and Policy Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition Criminal Law Research Group Legal History Consortium Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law Penn Program on Regulation National Constitution Center Partnership Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice
“ LLM candidates brought not only real world legal
In recent years, students have worked with Penn Law professors to: Draft a new penal code for the Republic of the Maldives.
knowledge, but their respective cultures and diversity of experiences, into the classroom at Penn Law. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to become friends with people from Belgium, Greece and Holland during my time
Analyze policy issues facing the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Assist Kansas in creating a new comprehensive code and criminal law doctrine.
Anthony Heckman L’10 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA BA 2005 University of Southern California Associate, Morrison & Foerster (San Francisco)
GI TTI S C E N T E R FOR C LI NI C A L L E G AL STU DIES
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Apply theory to practice as you engage in legal advocacy and partner with lawyers and professionals from other disciplines. We offer live-client clinics and a public interest seminar that provide you with expansive opportunities to apply your legal education at the intersection of law and a broad range of subject areas. LLM students may enroll in the following clinics: Entrepreneurship Intellectual Property and Technology Mediation Transnational Law
Recently, clinic students: Won a two-day trial in state court preventing a family’s eviction from subsidized housing. Coordinated business transactions involving real estate acquisition and multi-staged financing. Mediated conflicts ranging from employment discrimination claims to international child custody disputes. Obtained a grant of asylum for a client facing certain harm if returned to his home country. Successfully mediated a custody agreement between two very acrimonious parents involving their two children (ages 8 and 10). Drafted an employee handbook for a client, and consulted on employment law matters to help the company avoid future litigation.
“ Our clinics help students build strong relationships with diverse clients, develop essential lawyering skills, and apply their talents and creativity in a real world professional setting.” Louis Rulli Director of Clinical Programs and Practice Professor of Law
TO LL P U B L I C I NT E REST CENTER I n tegrate S e r v i ce i nto Yo u r P r o f e s s io n a l L if e
Experience service through a diverse and dynamic public interest community. Whether you are pursuing a career dedicated to public service or a life-long commitment to pro bono work, you will:
• Gain valuable hands-on experience. • Develop core professional skills. • Explore cross-disciplinary solutions to complex societal needs. • Experience the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others.
IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST The Toll Public Interest Center is excited to welcome LLMs as participants in Penn Law’s commitment to service. As an integral part of the LLM program, public service and pro bono provide students with important opportunities to develop their professional skills while learning more about the communities that exist beyond the walls of Penn Law. Every LLM student is expected to complete at least 10 hours of public service/pro bono before graduation. Many LLMs exceed the expectation and receive recognition at our annual event in April honoring all Penn Law students who excel in service.
Levels of Recognition Awards are given for the following achievements: Distinguished Public Service Award – 10+ hours of service Outstanding Public Service Award – 20+ hours of service Exemplary Public Service Award – 45+ hours of service
Pennâ€™s ABA Award-Winning Pro Bono Program Our innovative program allows students to integrate pro bono service into their studies. While providing public service support to the community, students also gain opportunities to challenge themselves in new areas of practice and research. Recently, LLM students: Staffed the CNN war room on election night, working with voter protection groups to document voter irregularities throughout the country. Advocated in court for low-income individuals who lost their jobs or homes. Promoted community development by teaching urban youth about entrepreneurship. Assisted detained immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Public Interest Week Our annual Public Interest Week features an Honorary Fellow in Residence and collaborative programming, culminating in the annual Sparer Symposium.
â€œ The opportunity that Penn provides in public interest prepares Penn Law students to go out in the world more prepared to contribute to the ideals of narrowing the gaps in society and the awesome appreciation of service to humanity.â€? Ceaineh Clinton-Johnson Home Country: Liberia LLB, University of Liberia BSc Economics, Cuttington University College
IN TE R NA T I O NA L PRO G RA M S Explore G lo b a l C h a lle n g e s a n d O p p o r t u n it ie s
International Studies at Penn Law Choose from dozens of courses focusing on topics in international and comparative law as you make contacts and establish life-long bonds with attorneys from around the world.
An International Experience Penn Law offers an exceptional legal curriculum that is infused with global analysis at all levels of study. Students choose from varied curricular offerings in international, comparative and foreign law, which expose them to key issues across these areas. Within the Law School, cross-disciplinary institutes, programs, lectures and symposia have become a focal point, attracting international scholars, experts, practitioners and students to lectures, symposia and events. Across the University, further programs provide for unique opportunities for learning in the spheres of both public and private international law.
An International Community Study alongside classmates from more than 40 countries, who come from careers overseas as sitting judges, government officials, NGO leaders, bankers, academics and attorneys with the world’s leading law firms. Take a short course with a Bok Visiting International Professor. We host several every year.
“ With the practice of law more global today than ever before, now is the right time to pursue international legal studies at Penn Law.” Dean Michael A. Fitts Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law
“ Community engagement at Penn Law is not the exception but the rule. Students participate in everything from the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic (CASAC), a pro bono project that allows students to serve as advocates in child support and custody cases, to Y’allsa, an affinity group designed to give students a taste of Southern hospitality during their time in Philadelphia. Through my involvement in various pro bono, affinity, and student government groups, I not only feel like I am contributing to the Penn Law community, but also am enriching my law school experience.” Steph Albano L’15 Hometown: Medford, NJ BA Lehigh 2012 Summer Fellow, Legal Education Programs
OUR C O L L A B O R A T IVE CO M M U NITY
T he P o w e r o f D ive r s it y
Whoever you are and wherever you come from, the power of diversity at Penn Law creates a supportive and inclusive community where collaboration and teamwork are prized. We appreciate differences and are willing to engage colleagues and faculty in ways that respect, and even celebrate, the many differences in philosophy and experience that appear in a community as rich in ideas and backgrounds as Penn Law.
“ One of Penn’s historic strengths – something that sets us apart from most law schools – is our commitment to a spirit of collegiality.” Gary Clinton Dean of Students and Counsel to the Dean
O U R STU D ENTS Engage wi th a Sma ll a n d S u p p o r t iv e C o m m u n it y
O u r su p p o r t i ve c om m unit y enc ourage s stude nts to tak e intellectua l r isk s. I t i s o u r b e l i ef â€“ c onfirm ed by feedback we r e ceiv e f r om leade r s in the p r o f e ssi o n â€“ t hat st udent s who lear n the la w in a n e nv ir onme nt tha t e nc o u r a g e s a n d support s t his risk-tak ing mak e e x ceptiona l la wy er s a nd l e a d e r s.
â€œ The warmth and support of the Law School community brings out the best in every student. Even the professors temper their demands for excellence with compassion and humor. Penn Law has given me, as an LLM student, a home away from home and friendships that will last beyond my time in the United States.â€? Sharmini Selvaratnam Home Country: Singapore LLB, National University of Singapore
Penn Lawâ€™s Alumni Clubs are around the world: Argentina Brazil China France Germany Greece India Israel Italy Japan Korea And we have Affinity Clubs: PAALAS (Penn African-American Law Alumni Society) PLAAN (Penn Law Asian-American Alumni Network) PLES (Penn Law European Society) Penn Law Lambda Alumni Association For more information: https://www.law.upenn.edu/cf/alumni/clubs/map/index.cfm
“ Penn is a fulfilling experience – a melting pot of academic excellence, social activities and cultural diversity. One year is way too short, try to get the best out of it!” Antonio Arias Etchebarne Home Country: Argentina Abogado, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
“ What best exemplifies my time here is great learning in a great environment. My time at Penn exceeded all my expectations.” Vijit Chahar Home Country: India LLB, National Law School of India University
“ You will study with the cream of the crop from all over the world and enjoy countless social events – and still have time with your family.” Yoko Motoyanagi Home Country: Japan BA Law, University of Tokyo
B E YO N D T H E C L A SSRO O M
An Excep ti o nal Ca mp u s E n vir o n m e n t in O n e o f t h e United St a tesâ€™ M o st V i b r a n t C it ie s
Penn combines a leafy, architecturally distinguished campus with all the advantages of a dynamic, culturally rich metropolis. Whatever your background and interests, you will find activities and communities to make you feel welcome.
DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT Student Groups At Penn Law, LLMs also have the opportunity to get involved with JDs in student groups ranging from Law School Light Opera Company to Penn Soccer Club. We have over 90 clubs. LLMs are also welcome to participate in the Journal of International Law, East Asia Law Review, and Journal for Law and Social Change.
Campus within a Campus Our four interconnected buildings around a lovely central courtyard support interaction and engagement among faculty, students and staff.
Affordable Housing Choose from an array of housing options, on campus and off. Graduate student housing is only one block from the Law School and the neighborhoods of University City and elsewhere in Philadelphia offer options that are a short walk, bike or bus ride away.
U N I VE R S I T Y O F P ENNSY LVANIA We a r e a n I v y League U niversit y pr oud of our e mphasis on inte gr a ting kn o w l e d g e a c ross our sc hools and colle ge s, our spir it of innov a tion, a nd o u r p i c t uresq ue urban c am pus.
Penn is distinct in offering the rare blend of an inviting University campus in the heart of a great city. Admire award-winning architecture while strolling through our historic Ivy League campus. Partake of world-class cultural performances at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Tour inspiring exhibits at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Fischer Fine Arts Library. Attend conferences and guest lectures at our sister schools. Work out in our state-of-the-art fitness facility, the Pottruck Center, with its four floors of fitness equipment, an Olympic-size pool and climbing wall. Visit University City’s popular stores, restaurants and cafes, cinema complex and lovely parks. Admire the fine Victorian houses, many of which have been divided into affordable apartments. Head to the east across the Schuylkill River and partake of everything that downtown Center City has to offer. It is all – ALL – within walking distance of the Law School!
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THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA “ Philadelphia is one of the few American cities whose history is a fully integrated part of the urban landscape. Cars still roll along the city’s cobblestone streets, people live in homes dating back to the 18th century and bars Ben Franklin frequented are popular today.” — CNN “ The city is on a roll.” — The New York Times Think dynamic, sophisticated and affordable. That’s Philly. Historic, yet hip and vibrant, Philadelphia enjoys National Geographic’s designation as “the Next Great City.” You can meander through a “city of neighborhoods” . . . enjoy fantastic restaurants and sidewalk cafes . . . attend shows and concerts . . . shop interesting stores and boutiques . . . watch collegiate and professional sports . . . wander past skyscrapers and quaint brownstones . . . visit the museums along the Parkway . . . or run or bike through Fairmount Park, the largest landscaped city park in the United States. Students find Philadelphia affordable and exciting. And you can leave your car at home!
STUD E N T S E R V I C E S A Suppor ti v e En v i r o nme n t , in t h e C l a s s r o o m a n d B ey on d
Penn Law prides itself on providing LLM and other students with unusually strong administrative support. Our Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, along with his staff, work closely with individual class members, encouraging all to take advantage of the wide variety of resources available to them. These go beyond the Law School’s academic offerings to include programming aimed at fostering social and professional interaction between graduate students and their JD counterparts, Penn Law faculty, and Law School alumni who have returned to their homes around the world. Penn’s historically important position in Philadelphia allows the Law School to offer a mentor program that links graduate students with internationally oriented members of the city’s legal community. LLM students enjoy access to alumni from Penn’s JD program, participate in networking events with international practitioners, and have other opportunities for interaction with legal, business and other professionals based in Philadelphia and beyond.
Career Planning & Professionalism The Career Planning & Professionalism Office counsels students interested in learning about the U.S. legal job market. While the great majority of our LLM students return directly to careers in their home countries, each year many explore the possibility of staying in the U.S. to work after obtaining their degrees. Foreign trained attorneys attending any U.S. law school should be forewarned that there are substantial barriers, including restrictions on licensing, to the employment of LLM graduates in this country. Only a very restricted group of U.S. law firms will consider hiring foreign-trained attorneys who – regardless of their other achievements – lack the JD degree awarded by a U.S. law school. To address this challenge, a designated counselor in the Career Planning & Professionalism Office advises students about strategies for identifying opportunities and approaching potential employers in the most effective manner.
“ Whether your career goals include seeking employment in the U.S. or elsewhere or returning to your employer, the Career Planning & Professionalism team is committed to helping you further develop professional skills during your LLM year. We provide both LLM-specific career programming and individual counseling for LLM students.” Heather Frattone L’98 Associate Dean, Career Planning & Professionalism
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND GOVERNMENT
A Curriculum Rich in Substance and Choice
Administrative Law Advanced Issues in Antitrust Law (S) Analytical Methods in the Law Banking Regulation Congress, the Constitution & the Supreme Court (S) Constitution Outside of the Courts (S) Cultural Heritage & the Law (S) Democracy, Judicial Law-Making and Constitutional Law (S) Education Law Election Law & the Presidency Energy Law & Climate Change (S) Environmental Law Land Use Law Law and Economics Seminar (S) Money Laundering (S) Policy Analysis Privacy & Data Protection Regulation of Health Insurance Markets (S) Risk Regulation (S) Technology and Policy
Here, to give you a sense of the breadth of the curriculum, is a listing of courses taught in recent semesters. Note that, because our faculty is engaged in cutting-edge scholarship in all fields, our course and seminar roster changes frequently, and we cannot guarantee that any given course will be taught in any specific semester.
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Accounting Advanced Issues in Antitrust Law (S) Advising the Board of Directors Analytical Methods in the Law Antitrust Banking Regulation Bankruptcy Business Strategy and Corporate Law Chapter 11: Corporate Reorganization Commercial Litigation Strategy (S) Contract Drafting (S) Corporate Finance Corporate Finance: Legal Aspects Corporate Governance (S)
(S) = Seminar
Corporate Taxation Corporations Deals: Economic Structure of Transactions & Contracting Employment Law Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Financial Accounting Financial Crises (S) Financial Crisis & Bailout (S) GRS: Islamic Finance (S) General Counsel (S) IP & Corporate Lawyering (S) Insurance Law International Business Transactions International Finance International Tax Islamic Finance JD/MBA Capstone (S) Law and Economics Seminar (S) Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship M&A Litigation Seminar (S) M&A Through the Business Cycle Mergers and Acquisitions Money Laundering (S) Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Organizational Behavior Partnership Taxation Policy Analysis Regulation of Health Insurance Markets (S) Risk Management Risk Regulation (S) Securities Regulation Sports Law Statistics for Lawyers Structured Finance and Securitization Taxation of Financial Products The Law of Credit White Collar Crime and Capital Markets (S) Widening the Lens on Corporate Law (S)
CLINICAL, PRACTITIONER SKILLS, AND EXTERNSHIP 1l Legal Writing Instructor: Yearlong Appellate Advocacy Civil Pretrial Litigation Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Keedy Cup Preliminaries Lawyering in the Public Interest Seminar (S) Legal Writing for LL.M.s Mediation Clinic Penn Law Mock Trial Team Competition Transnational Legal Clinic Trial Advocacy: Yearlong Externship: Community Legal Services Externship: Community Legal Services – Chinatown Project Externship: Death Penalty Federal Defender Externship: Delaware Riverkeeper Externship: District Attorney’s Office – Phila COMMERCIAL LAW Accounting Analytical Methods in the Law Antitrust Bankruptcy Chapter 11: Corporate Reorganization Commercial Litigation Strategy (S) Common Law Contracts Contract Drafting (S) Contracts Corporate Finance Cross-Border M&A (S) Deals: Economic Structure of Transactions & Contracting Financial Accounting IP & Corporate Lawyering (S) Intention & the Law (S) International Commercial Arbitration (S) Intro to IP Law & Policy
Law and Economics Seminar (S) Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship Patent Law Policy Analysis Property Real Estate Transactions Structured Finance and Securitization The Law of Credit Thinking Like a Litigator (S) Trial Advocacy: Yearlong CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Administrative Law Comparative Law Conflict Of Laws Congress, the Constitution & the Supreme Court (S) Constitution Outside of the Courts (S) Constitutional Change (S) Constitutional Litigation Constitutional Theorizing (S) Criminal Procedure: Prosecution & Adjudication Democracy, Judicial Law-Making and Constitutional Law (S) Disability Law Election Law & the Presidency Family Law Federal Courts Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century (S) First Amendment in the 21st Century (S) Foreign Relations Law Guantanamo Litigation (S) Immigration Law Intellectual Property and National Econ Value Creation (S) International Human Rights Jurisprudence and Constitutional Theory (S) Juvenile Justice Seminar (S) Law and the Holocaust Legislation
Marriage: History & the Law (S) Mental Health Law Parents, Children and the State (S) Political Philosophy of the Constitution (S) Privacy & Data Protection Property Public International Law Right to Counsel (S) Sports Law Supreme Court Practice and Process (S) Supreme Court: Great Cases (S) Technology and Policy Topics In Defamation COURTS AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE Advanced Problems in Federal Procedure (S) American Trials (S) Analytical Methods in the Law Appellate Advocacy Civil Procedure Complex Litigation Computer Crime Law (S) Conflict of Laws Congress, the Constitution & the Supreme Court (S) Constitution Outside of the Courts (S) Constitutional Litigation Criminal Procedure: Prosecution & Adjudication Cybercrime (S) Death Penalty & Habeas Corpus Democracy, Judicial Law-Making and Constitutional Law (S) Education Law Election Law & the Presidency Evidence FDA Law and Policy Federal Courts Federal Indian Law Foundations of the U.S. Legal System Guantanamo Litigation (S)
International Civil Litigation International Human Rights Jurisprudence and Constitutional Theory (S) Juvenile Justice Seminar (S) Law and Economics Seminar (S) Law and the Holocaust Lawyering in the Public Interest Seminar (S) Legislation Litigation for Social Change Seminar (S) Mediation Clinic NITA Intensive: Deposition to Trial Policy Analysis Political Law Remedies Right to Counsel (S) Supreme Court Practice and Process (S) Supreme Court: Great Cases (S) Trial Advocacy: Yearlong CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE Analytical Methods in the Law Bok Course: Women, Justice & Shariah Computer Crime Law (S) Constitutional Criminal Procedure Criminal Law Research Group (S) Criminal Law Theory (S) Criminal Procedure: Prosecution & Adjudication Cybercrime (S) Death Penalty & Habeas Corpus Democracy, Judicial Law-Making and Constitutional Law (S) Evidence Freedom & Responsibility Seminar (S) General Counsel (S) International Human Rights Intro to IP Law & Policy Juvenile Justice Seminar (S) Law and Economics Seminar (S) Law and the Holocaust Mental Health Law
Money Laundering (S) Policy Analysis Right to Counsel (S) Statistics for Lawyers Thinking Like a Litigator (S) Trial Advocacy: Yearlong Visual Legal Advocacy (S) White Collar Crime and Capital Markets (S) ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE LAW Analytical Methods in the Law Animal Law and Ethics (S) Cost-Benefit Analysis: Law, Policy and Practice (S) Energy Law & Climate Change (S) Environmental Law Environmental Lawyering International Environmental Law Law And Economics Seminar (S) Policy Analysis Property Risk Regulation (S) FAMILY AND ESTATE LAW Analytical Methods in the Law Anatomy of a Divorce Family Law Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century (S) Juvenile Justice Seminar (S) Law and Economics Seminar (S) Marriage: History & the Law (S) Mental Health Law Parents, Children and the State (S) Policy Analysis Property Sexuality and the Law (S) Trusts and Estates
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Each year, Penn Law enrolls a select class of approximately 115 LLM
students: academically gifted, professionally accomplished, intellectually
Applicants to the LLM program generally must hold a law degree such as a
curious, and culturally and geographically diverse. In addition, Penn Law
JD, LLB or equivalent. Applicants currently enrolled as LLB students (or the
enrolls a limited number of exceptional graduate students pursuing the
equivalent) who are expecting to graduate in the spring are also welcome
LLCM and SJD degrees.
Our students come from all over the world, representing more than 35
The Graduate Programs Admissions Committee can, in some circumstances,
countries in a typical year. They come from a broad spectrum of academic,
admit students to the LLM program who do not already hold a law degree.
professional, ideological and economic backgrounds. The majority of our
Typically, such students will hold a graduate degree in a related field, will
LLM students have had at least one year of work experience following their
have already embarked on an academic or professional career, and/or are
law studies, and a significant percentage hold an advanced degree. This
licensed to practice law in their home jurisdiction. The applicants must
exciting diversity is, in itself, an integral component of our LLM program.
be able to show how legal training is important to the advancement of
It inspires a cross-fertilization of ideas and initiatives that enhances the
their career and/or their scholarly work and that they have sufficient legal
intellectual rewards and professional transformation that characterize a
training to be able to be successful in the program.
Penn Law education. LLCM We welcome your interest in joining this extraordinary community.
Applicants to the LLCM program must either have completed an LLM program at a U.S. Law School or are currently in an LLM program at a U.S. Law School and will have completed the program prior to the beginning of the LLCM program. Traditionally, many of our LLCM students are Penn
Law LLM alumni. However, we also welcome applicants with an LLM
Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
degree from another U.S. law school, especially those applicants who can demonstrate academic success in rigorous LLM program. SJD Applicants to the SJD program must have already earned an LLM or equivalent degree from Penn Law or another comparable institution. All applicants must have a well-stated scholarly agenda, with an area of research and appropriate research methodology clearly outlined. Candidates must, in addition, provide copies of scholarly work published in the English language. Admission to the program is based upon the evaluation of a candidateâ€™s past record and future promise as a legal scholar.
English Proficiency Successful participation in any of Penn Law’s programs requires a high level of English proficiency. Most course-work at Penn Law centers on a dialogue between the instructor and members of the class. Consequently, a student should be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English as spoken in class and in seminar discussions. Students must be able to express thoughts clearly in both spoken and written English and must read the language with ease. The quantity and quality of academic work required at Penn Law cannot be accomplished without such mastery of the English language. Students must achieve such language proficiency prior to enrollment. Admitted students who feel the need to refresh English skills, however, may want to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL). This optional course provides English language training and a U.S. cultural orientation with the goal of better preparing admitted students for academic success. LLM applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam unless they are granted a waiver. An application to request a waiver is available at https://www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/grad/. Application forms and further information for the TOEFL and IELTS tests may be obtained online at www.toefl.org and www.ielts.org. For TOEFL registration purposes, please note that: • The University of Pennsylvania Law School’s code is 2926 • The department code is 03
Where & How to Apply
Applicants to Penn Law’s LLM, LLCM and SJD programs are required to
Applications for admission to graduate programs at Penn Law are reviewed
use LSAC’s services found at llm.lsac.org. LSAC allows you to submit all
on a rolling basis and therefore we strongly advise all candidates to
materials: an application form, including personal statement and resume;
submit their completed applications at the earliest possible date. Please
English language test score; application fee; recommendations; and
do not submit materials for any of Penn Law’s graduate programs prior to
transcripts via LSAC. As we will receive your materials via LSAC, please
September 1 of the year prior to the date you wish to enroll.
refrain from sending copies of these materials directly to Penn Law.
November 15 – LLM and LLCM applications must be complete by
November 15 for “Early Notification.” Early Notification Applicants will be
As detailed in the application materials, a completed application to any of
accepted, rejected, or deferred for further consideration by February 1.
Penn Law’s graduate programs must include the items listed below.
December 15 – LLM and LLCM applications are due by December 15. We expect to notify all regular applicants by mid-March. Applications received after December 15 will be considered on a case by case basis and will
• An application form. • A personal statement. • Two letters of recommendation.
require $100 application fee (regular application fee of $75 plus a $25 late
• A résumé.
fee.) Extensions may be requested at www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/grad.
• A transcript from each degree granting post-secondary school attended.
March 15 – All applications to the SJD program. Please confirm deadlines on our website (www.law.upenn.edu/ admissions/grad) as dates are subject to change.
• TOEFL or IELTS test scores or an indication that the applicant has been granted a waiver. • An application fee of $75 ($150 for the SJD program). • SJD candidates must also submit a scholarly project proposal and a writing sample.
Letters of Recommendation
Financing Your LLM Education
A completed graduate application to Penn Law must include two letters of
Information on the student budget, including tuition and fees, the Summer
recommendation, ideally from law professors or others who have personal
Program Fee, room and board, books, and miscellaneous budget items can
experience instructing and evaluating the candidate. We appreciate
be found on our website at http://www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/grad.
the burden this requirement places on recommenders. Such subjective evaluations from knowledgeable references, however, are important factors
As is evident from these figures, attending law school in the United
in weighing the relative merits of international candidates whose objective
States is a very expensive endeavor. At Penn Law, we are a tuition-driven
credentials necessarily reflect many distinct grading systems and national
institution, meaning that every dollar of tuition revenue is required to
standards for legal education.
support the academic program. Accordingly, the resources available to provide tuition assistance to LLM and LLCM students are extremely limited.
An applicant may, alternatively, submit letters from academic instructors
A limited number of merit grants are awarded to LLM applicants each
outside of the field of law, from employers, or from others with a personal
year; all students are considered for these grants. In addition, Penn Law
knowledge of the candidateâ€™s intellectual and other strengths. The
now offers financial assistance to a small number of outstanding LLM
Graduate Programs Admissions Committee strongly advises that all letters
candidates with a demonstrated commitment to human rights law. As part
be submitted in conjunction with either the Professional or Academic
of this prestigious scholarship, selected students participate in a human
Recommender Form, available on LSACâ€™s site, but it will review letters
rights pro bono activity and serve as a research assistant for a member of
submitted without the form attached.
Penn Lawâ€™s faculty during the academic year. Interested applicants should check the appropriate box in the application materials and set forth in their
Although we accept up to four letters of recommendation, your application
application why they are appropriate candidates for this award. We will
will be considered complete and will be reviewed after we receive the
notify all students selected to receive these awards during the month of
first two letters. Please note that many successful applicants submit two
March or April each year.
letters of recommendation and additional letters of recommendation do not necessarily strengthen your application.
Because our ability to award assistance is very limited, we encourage you to seek other funding sources to support your education. You may wish to seek sponsorship from your employer or your government, or from foundations, fellowships, and organizations sponsoring fellowships. Some students arrange private loans; U.S. government lending programs may be available to students with U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status. You can learn about some of these opportunities from the resources we have collected and placed on our website, www.law.upenn.edu/ admissions/grad.
Among Penn Law’s historic achievements is our pioneering LLM program. Since the late 19th century, international lawyers, law professors, judges, government officials and others have come here to further their understanding of United States and international law.
Graduate alumni include a member of the Israeli Supreme Court; a sitting Justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court; and a recent Presidential candidate in the Philippines. Their graduate classmates include hundreds of practitioners working in many fields across six continents.
Examples of LLM prior experience:
Sample international employers represented:
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Ambassador Bank manager Coordinator – Human Rights Watch Corporate litigator Deputy director – Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Foreign Affairs District court judge Executive officer – Ministry of Finance Executive producer Federal prosecutor M&A transactional attorney
• Head of section Ministry of Justice • Human rights attorney • Human rights expert • In-house counsel • Law professor • Legal advisors to Deputy Mayor, a Prime Minister • Legal analyst – Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (Japan) • Legal expert – European Union Group • Newspaper columnist
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Baker & McKenzie Bank of Tokyo Citizens for Justice & Peace Clifford Chance Deloitte Touche DLA Piper Embassy of Japan (Tehran, Iran) Greenburg, Traurig Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Berkman, & Co. Hitachi Hogan & Hartson Kirin Holding Co. KPMG
• Linklaters • Microsoft • Nippon Oil Corp. • Nissan Motor Co. • Proskhauer Rose • Shearman & Sterling • Skadden Arps • Sony • SOREQ Nuclear Research Center • Tokyo Stock Exchange Group
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