University of Pennsylvania LLM

University of Pennsylvania LLM Program

The University of Pennsylvania Law School offers one LLM program. This program is open to both U.S. students and international students who have completed their J.D. or appropriate international equivalent. It is a full-time, one year program that must be completed over the course of two consecutive semesters, including the mandatory summer program, Foundations in U.S. Law and Culture. The summer program includes the courses Foundations of the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Legal Writing/Research, and can include the optional course English as a Second Language for Lawyers. The program puts a special emphasis on helping students develop their real world legal skills and offers both pro bono and public service opportunities to LLM students. While it is a single LLM program, at Penn Law students have the option of selecting either a course track or thesis track for the completion of their LLM.

University of Pennsylvania Law School Course Track LLM Program

The course track program requires the student to complete 20 credits and a senior writing project or 23 credits, including the 5 credits earned in the summer program and without an “F with credit” grade in any more than four credit hours. Student may complete the senior writing project as part of his or her participation in a seminar program or as part of a directed study program with a desired professor. Students are allowed to select from a number of courses to fulfill the unit requirement of the LLM Program.

University of Pennsylvania Law School Thesis Track LLM Program

The thesis track program requires the student to complete 20 total credits without an “F with credit” grade in any more than four credit hours. 13 of those credits are comprised of seminars and courses of the students choosing and the remaining seven credits are earned through the completion of a high quality thesis of publishable quality. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to select an appropriate thesis topic and ensure completion before graduation.

University of Pennsylvania LLM Wharton Certificate

The University of Pennsylvania Law School, in conjunction with the Wharton Aresty Institute of Executive Education, offers the Wharton Business and Law Certificate to LLM students who want to gain a better understanding of business and management principles in order to better serve clients, specialize their practice, or explore career options outside of law. The program consists of three courses drawn from disciplines such as accounting, general management, human resource management, corporate finance, and responsible business practices.

University of Pennsylvania LLM Comparative Law

After earning the UPenn LLM degree, students can choose to undertake the Master of Comparative Law, or LLCM degree, which is comprised of 16 credits. These credits must be achieved over two semesters through three courses each semester, and LLM courses do not count toward the LLCM degree.

University of Pennsylvania LLM Admission

Admission into the Penn Law LLM program is open to both U.S.-based and international students and requires a high level of English language proficiency. Students who are not native English speakers must prove proficiency by taking either the TOEFL or the IELTS and submitting their scores along with their application.

Penn Law requires students to submit the following documents in their application:

  • An application form
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A résumé
  • A transcript from each degree granting post-secondary school
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores (typically above 600 paper-based or 100 Internet-based, or 7.0, respectively) or waiver request if from an English-speaking country
  • An application fee of $75

Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis and applications can be submitted between Sept. 1 and Feb. 1. Because admission is granted on a rolling basis Penn Law encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible. Students are also encouraged to submit their completed application online via the Law School Admissions Counsel (LSAC).

University of Pennsylvania LLM Tuition

Figures for the University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM tuition and fees for the academic year cab be found on the school website. In addition to the tuition and fees, students should anticipate spending on books and supplies.

University of Pennsylvania LLM Scholarships

The University of Pennsylvania Law School offers limited financial assistance to LLM students, and so highly encourages applicants to seek outside funding, such as loans or employer, institutional, or government scholarships. For more information about scholarships for LLM students, please visit our LLM Scholarships page.

However, the UPenn LLM program does offer two types of scholarships: general merit scholarships and human rights scholarships. All prospective students are considered at the time of application for the general merit scholarships. The human rights scholarships require an additional essay, and one or two are typically awarded per year to students who have demonstrated their commitment to the cause of human rights.

University of Pennsylvania LLM Employment

The University of Pennsylvania Law School Office of Career Planning & Professionalism has several resources and services available for LLM students, including counseling and planning, résumé and cover letter review, mock interview preparation, and help with fellowship applications, judicial clerkships, internships, public interest job fairs and counseling, on- and off-campus recruiting, and networking events. View general employment statistics for the University of Pennsylvania Law School graduating class.

University of Pennsylvania LLM Contact

Matthew Parker
Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
Office of Graduate Programs
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (215) 898-0407
Fax: (215) 573-2025
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