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  May 2016
  April 2016
University of Pennsylvania Law School

University of Pennsylvania Law School is the First law school to win the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award.  The Law School is deeply committed to lawyering in the public interest and to instilling a service ethic in the students, encouraging public interest careers with scholarships, guaranteed summer funding, and generously funded loan forgiveness and fellowships for postgraduate work. Penn Law's comprehensive approach to legal education and career preparation assures that students graduate not only with superb inductive and deductive reasoning skills and the ability to "think like a lawyer," but with the practical knowledge needed to realize their professional goals and assume leadership roles throughout their careers.

The Law School's Office of Career Planning and Professionalism and its Center on Professionalism provide programs, services, online resources, and one-on-one counselling that empower students to take ownership of their careers by setting ambitious professional goals and developing the executive skills and strategies needed to achieve them.

In addition, Penn Law affords students countless opportunities to hone the full range of capacities needed to be highly competitive in today's job market. These include: Faculty teaching and mentoring, Clinical programs, Pro bono opportunities through the Toll Public Interest Center, Curricular offerings, Classes in legal writing, Professional skills development programs, Administrative support.


Juris Doctor (JD)

Penn Law has a full-time program leading to the JD, the first professional degree in Law. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degrees and, oftentimes, advanced degrees in a broad array of disciplines.

LL.M. Degree

In order to be eligible to receive the LL.M. degree, a student must attend full-time for two academic semesters, taking no more than 15 credits per semester and no less than 9 credits per semester, and complete the requirements of either the Course Track or the Thesis Track.

LLCM Degree

The Master of Comparative Law is designed to allow Penn Law LL.M. graduates the opportunity to pursue advanced coursework.

In order to receive the LLCM degree, a candidate must complete at least 16 credits, earned in at least three courses per semester, over two semesters.

SJD Degree Requirements

The principal requirement of the Doctor of Juridical Science is a dissertation that makes an original and substantive contribution to legal scholarship and an oral defense of that dissertation. An LL.M. thesis may be incorporated into the doctoral dissertation. After the dissertation committee accepts a candidate's dissertation, the SJD candidate must defend his or her dissertation in an oral examination before the dissertation committee.


Penn Law has a proud tradition of excellent journal scholarship. The six journals- Law Review, Journal of Constitutional Law, Journal of Business Law, Journal of International Law, East Asia Law Review, Journal of Law & Social Change -have each been recognized nationally for their high level of scholarship, integrity, and value to the profession. In addition, students who become members on these journals find that it provides an invaluable experience both in substantive law and skills in research, analysis and expression.


The library's collections serve the Law School's faculty and students, the University community, and the regional legal community. Two-thirds of the one million volumes in the collection consist of American primary materials (cases, statutes, regulations, etc.) and secondary sources such as journals, scholarly monographs, loose-leaf services, and federal legislative histories.

Leadership Programming

In the context of the leadership roles that students at Penn Law take on in student activities, it is the goal of the Student Affairs Office to assist students in developing their strategic planning and organizational/management skills.


University of Pennsylvania Law School
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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204
Main Number: 215.898.7483
Ph No: 215.898.7061
Fax: 215.573.2025
Email: nporcell@law.upenn.edu
Website: www.law.upenn.edu

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