Penn Law is a global leader in legal education, uniquely equipping our LLM
The Law School
students with the knowledge and skills they
Penn Lawâ€™s campus is state-
need to excel in their careers and become
of-the-art, with four fully
changemakers in the world. Our faculty are
celebrated scholars and devoted teachers,
surrounding a green courtyard.
and the Law School has earned a well-
Students are steps away from
deserved reputation for a collaborative,
the amenities of the University of
collegial culture that serves to support
Pennsylvania, with its activities
students in their legal training while fostering
for graduate and professional
their diverse intellectual interests. I hope you
students, its state-of-the-art gym
enjoy learning more about our innovative LLM
and health club, and its many
program and the outstanding people that
libraries, museums, theaters,
comprise the Penn Law community.
lectures, and events.
Theodore Ruger Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law
“During the Summer Program, LLM students have the opportunity to develop their U.S. legal writing and oral presentation skills in small classes and receive individualized feedback from faculty. Even experienced foreign attorneys report that they gain valuable skills that support both their studies at Penn Law and their practice after graduation.” Eleanor Barrett L’05 Denise A. Rotko Associate Dean of Legal Writing and Communication
OUR CURRICULUM LLM Program Penn Law’s LLM program is over a century old and recognized among the best, attracting top students from around the world. The program is a one-year, full-time course of study in advanced legal topics designed for lawyers trained outside the United States. Students select courses from an extensive curriculum of specialized courses and seminars at Penn Law. The Law School grants a generalized LLM that allows each student to design his or her own curriculum, and, in doing so, choose to focus on a particular topic. After completing the summer program, LLM students take all their courses alongside our upper-level JD students.
LLM Summer Program
Other Graduate Programs
Our innovative Summer Program provides
Penn Law offers two graduate degree
an academic grounding in the U.S. legal
programs in addition to the LLM. The
system as well as social, cultural, and
Master of Comparative Law (LLCM)
professional opportunities. The program
program is a one-year course of advanced
includes two introductory courses (five
study for students who have already
credits total): Foundations of the U.S. Legal
earned their LLM degree. The Doctor of
System, an intensive survey addressing U.S.
Juridical Science (SJD) program provides
legal thought and practice; and U.S. Legal
an opportunity to conduct extensive
Writing and Research, a course covering
research, culminating in a dissertation,
the basic skills of U.S. lawyering. Social
under the guidance of faculty from
activities include a welcome BBQ, speed
Penn Law, and, where appropriate,
networking, a bus tour, team building
other professional schools and graduate
workshops, and a banquet.
departments of the University of Pennsylvania.
Wharton Business and Law Certificate (WBLC) The practice of law requires superior preparation in conventional areas of legal education and the diverse disciplines intersecting with the law. Wharton Executive Education and the University of Pennsylvania Law School have joined forces to offer the Wharton Business and Law Certificate for students enrolled in the LLM program. The program 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 need to acquire:
"Because of my background in international law and international
An understanding of U.S. business culture
arbitration, I did not imagine that the
Enhanced skills for the sophisticated presentation of investment propositions and
WBLC would be such an enriching
experience. After a year of Corporate
Management concepts for developing or professionalizing a law practice or
Finance, Private Equity, and Global
business enterprise This custom–designed program is taught by Wharton faculty and industry experts selected for
Strategic Management, I have come to realize that the business skills this
their teaching skills, subject expertise, and ability to offer applied concepts and examples to
unique program has given me are
participants. All LLM students may participate in this program, which runs concurrently with the
not only extremely useful in my field
LLM program. Those who successfully complete its requirements will earn a certificate awarded
of specialization but also highly
by The Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education as well their LLM degree from Penn Law. Wharton courses are held in the evenings in state-of-the-art teaching facilities at the Steinberg Conference Center on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.
appreciated by employers." Eugénie Caroit LLM’17
“The Entrepreneurship Clinic has real clients in the real world with real consequences and real impact — allowing students to apply the theoretical law that
The essence of a great law school is a great faculty. Our professors are renowned and prolific scholars, publishing broadly-acclaimed books and articles that advance knowledge in the law and related disciplines. Nearly 70 percent of faculty members hold an advanced degrees in fields other than law. And with diverse experience in international and
they’ve learned in other classes.” Praveen Kosuri Practice Professor of Law Director, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
comparative law, our faculty members bring to the classroom a broad global view of the role of law in society.
“We are living at a time when it is impossible to be a
“Internet policy must take into account how much the
successful attorney without understanding how law
underlying technology and the demands being placed
and legal institutions operate both within and beyond
on the network are changing.”
our own nations, and Penn’s LLM Program ensures that everyone with a Penn Law degree develops a deep comparative understanding of the law.” Eric Feldman Professor of Law; Co-Director, Center for Asian Law
Christopher S. Yoo John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition
“China’s importance to the world economy and to
“Penn Law offers an extraordinary graduate program
fundamental issues of law and governance cannot
that integrates foreign-trained lawyers into the
be overstated. Our students need to understand the
Penn Law curriculum, creates a truly international
origin and evolution of legal institutions and practices in
community, and provides an individually tailored
China and its neighbors.”
graduate legal education that prepares attorneys for
Jacques deLisle Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law Director, Center for East Asian Studies; Co-Director, Center for Asian Law
an ever growing range of transnational legal careers.” William Burke-White Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House
HONING U.S. LAWYERING SKILLS Live-client clinics provide you with expansive opportunities to apply your legal skills at the intersection of law and a broad range of subject areas. LLMs have participated in the following clinics: • Entrepreneurship •
Intellectual Property and Technology
• Mediation •
Integrating Service into Your Professional Life The Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) is excited to welcome LLMs as full participants in Penn Law’s historic commitment to public service.
Recently, clinic students have worked with an
TPIC supports LLMs seeking to fulfill
inventor to protect his intellectual property,
the New York Bar's 50-hour pro
mediated an international child custody
bono requirement and offers all
agreement between parents in two countries,
LLMs pro bono opportunities
and obtained a grant of asylum for a client
to gain valuable hands-on
facing certain harm if returned to his home
experience and further develop
professional skills while learning about the communities that exist beyond the walls of Penn Law.
"The way Penn Law integrates the LLM program made me able to connect with classmates from around the world as well with the American students. The collaborative and supportive atmosphere brought me deep friendships and made this year unforgettable." Ruben Lemmens LLM'17
OUR COLLABORATIVE COMMUNIT 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.
"I just spent a year in a giant melting pot! I wish I didn't have to get out just yet." Krishnendu H. Sayta LLM'17
STUDENT SERVICES Student Support
Penn Law prides itself on providing its LLM students with unusually strong administrative
Penn Law’s Alumni Clubs are around the world:
support. Our Graduate Programs staff works 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.
Career Planning Penn Law’s Career Planning & Professionalism Office (CP&P) assists students with job searches and with enhancing professional skills. Penn Law has an LLM and International Career Counselor, who organizes programs designed specifically to LLM students, including resume and cover letter drafting, networking, interview skills, and an attorney mentor program. CP&P also brings in various speakers, including LLM alumni, throughout the year. Penn Law LLMs may also participate in the International Student Interview Program (“ISIP”) which brings LLMs and hiring employers from around the world to New York City in January.
And we have Affinity Clubs:
“Our LLM alumni consistently
PAALAS (Penn African-American Law Alumni Society)
report that their academic and
PLAAN (Penn Law Asian-American Alumni Network)
the personal and professional
PLES (Penn Law European Society) Penn Law Lambda Alumni Association
social experiences far exceeded their expectations and that relationships built at Penn Law last a lifetime.” Elise Kraemer L'93 Executive Director, Graduate Programs
YOUR PHILADELPHIA EXPERIENCE City of Neighborhoods Philadelphia, one of the most historic cities in the United States, features wonderful residential neighborhoods, a booming restaurant scene, robust art and theater life, excellent shopping, and great sports teams â€” all centrally located and served by public transport. Philadelphia offers professional students an affordable, accessible, and exciting lifestyle with easy access to New York City and Washington, D.C. Although on-campus housing is available, many LLMs live in apartments in University City and Center City. There are affordable, attractive, and diverse off-campus options, ranging from rooms in historic houses to modern high-rise apartments.
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ADMISSIONS Each year, Penn Law enrolls a select class of approximately 115 LLM students: academically gifted, professionally accomplished, intellectually curious, and culturally and geographically diverse. In addition, Penn Law enrolls a limited number of exceptional graduate students pursuing the LLCM and SJD degrees. Our students come from all over the world, representing more than 35 countries in a typical year. They come from a broad spectrum of academic, professional, ideological, and economic backgrounds. The majority of our LLM students have had at least one year of work experience following their law studies, and a significant percentage hold an advanced degree. This exciting diversity is, in itself, an integral component of our LLM program. It inspires a cross-fertilization of ideas and incentives that enhances the intellectual rewards and professional transformation that characterize a Penn Law education. We welcome your interest in joining this extraordinary community.
Standards for Admissions Admission to Penn Law’s Graduate Programs is highly selective. We typically receive over 1,300 applications for 115 seats in the entering LLM class. Applicants to the LLM program generally must hold a law degree such as a JD, LLB, or equivalent, or be licenced to practice law. Applicants currently enrolled as LLB students (or the equivalent) who are expecting to graduate in the spring are also welcome to apply. Successful participation in Penn Law’s Graduate Program requires a high level of English proficiency. Most coursework at Penn Law centers on a dialogue between the instructor and members of the class. Students must be able to express thoughts clearly in both spoken and written English and must read and write the language with ease. All Graduate applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam or be granted a waiver. Penn Law does not have a minimum score requirement. In general, we look for a TOEFL score of at least 100 or IELTS score of 7. We also look at the breakdown for listening, speaking, writing, and reading to ensure that all indicate a high level of English proficiency. However, a lower score in one area or overall does not automatically preclude an application from consideration for Penn Law’s LLM program.
Elise Kraemer Executive Director, Graduate Programs
See www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/grad for detailed information on admissions.
How to Apply LLM, LLCM, and SJD candidates are required to submit their applications via www.lsac.org.
Financing Your Legal Education In an effort to sustain the exceptional diversity and quality of our LLM program, Penn Law has set aside merit scholarship funds for outstanding candidates, including a number of regionally based scholarships. Penn Law has also partnered with Fulbright in a number of countries to provide joint scholarships. Penn Law also offers human rights scholarships for outstanding students with substantial,
demonstrated commitment to human rights. Our application requires an additional essay for students interested in applying for a human rights scholarship. We offer one or two of these scholarships each year, depending upon the depth of the applicant pool.
We begin accepting application materials after September 1. Because our ability to award assistance is limited, we encourage applicants to seek November 15: Early Notification
other funding sources. Many of our students receive scholarships from their employers,
LLM applications must be complete by November 15 for Early Notification. Early Notification
governments, or another third party. Other students are able to pay their expenses with their
Applicants will be accepted, rejected, or deferred for further consideration by February 1.
own savings or rely on family members for loans. Still others are able to receive loans or other financial aid from their home country.
December 15: Regular Notification LLM applications are due by December 15. Applicants will be accepted, rejected, or wait-
To view estimated LLM expenses for the academic year, visit www.law.upenn.edu/
listed by mid-March. If you miss the deadline, you can request a deadline extension.
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