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Graduate Programs Viewbook 2015



  • A Strong Tradition 2

    Our Curriculum 4

    Our Faculty 12

    Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies 16

    Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) 18

    International Studies at Penn Law 20

    Our Collaborative Community 22

    Student Services 26

    Course Listing 30

    Beyond the Classroom 34

    Admissions 38

    Penn Law Profile 42


    Our distinguished history began with that of the United States. Benjamin Franklin founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740, and James Wilson signer of the Declaration of Independence, framer of the U.S. Constitution, and one of the original U.S. Supreme Court Justices presented Penns 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.


  • Penn Law is a global leader in legal education, uniquely preparing students to succeed in todays legal marketplace, no matter their career aspirations or intellectual interests. Our faculty are accomplished scholars and exceptional teachers, and the Law School is known for cultivating a collegial, collaborative atmosphere that supports students during their legal education while challenging them to become better lawyers. I hope you enjoy learning more about our inventive, cross-disciplinary programs and the talented people that make up the Penn Law community.

    Theodore W. RugerDean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law


  • Penn Laws graduate programs offer lawyers from across the globe a wide array of courses in traditional legal topics and emerging fields, from both U.S. and international perspectives. Students can also supplement their legal education with a course at the other esteemed graduate and professional schools at the University of Pennsylvania.

    OUR CURRICULUMIntegration of Knowledge



    The majority of students who enroll in our LLM program are foreign-trained 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, immersive, 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 Universitys outstanding professional and graduate schools.

    Penn Law LLMs are also eligible to enroll in the Wharton Business and Law Certificate.

    Penn Laws 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: PakistanLLB, University of the Punjab LLB, University of London (External Program) BA, Kinnaird College for Women




    Wharton Executive Education and the University of Pennsylvania Law School have combined to offer the WBLC to 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 todays 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.

    The WBLC is specifically designed for LLM students and runs concurrently with the Penn Law LLM calendar. WBLC classes are held at Wharton, a short walk from the Law School.

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    The WBLC is designed to let corporate lawyers know what business people are thinking.

    Hsin-Ning Liu LLM 13 Home Country: TaiwanAssociate in Tax and Business Advisory Services at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA LLP, Shanghai


  • Penn Law students thrive on the intellectual energy of their faculty and classmates. LLM students are fully integrated members of the Law School and take classes alongside upper-level JD students during the fall and spring semesters.

    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 L05Denise A. Rotko Associate Dean of Legal Writing and Communication



    Our innovative Summer Program provides an academic grounding in the U.S. legal system as well as social, cultural, and professional opportunities.


    The program includes two introductory courses:

    Foundations of the U.S. Legal System: This three-semester-hour intensive survey course at an advanced level addresses aspects of U.S. legal thought and practice that are likely to be unfamiliar to most lawyers trained outside of the United States.

    U.S. Legal Writing/Research: This two-semester-hour course covers the basic skills of U.S. lawyering, including predictive analyses and writing, effective and efficient communication, and basic legal research.

    The Summer Program also features programming from:

    Student Affairs Office: making the most of a year of study at a U.S. law school

    Career Planning & Professionalism Office: job search strategies, skills, and documents

    Registrars Office and Faculty Panel: course selection and registration procedures

    There are numerous opportunities for social interaction including a city bus tour, a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, team building exercises, a barbecue, and a banquet.



    Masters of Law (LLM)

    The LLM degree requires full-time attendance in both the fall and spring academic semesters in addition to the summer program. Students choose from the wide array of courses and research seminars that are part of the Law Schools JD program.

    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.

    LLM students may follow a course track or thesis track.


    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. While many of our LLCM students come from our population of Penn Law LLM alumni, we welcome applicants from other LLM programs.

    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.

    The mission of Penn Laws 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.

    Additional information and complete application instructions for these programs are available at


  • OUR FACULTY Accessible Scholars and Devoted Teachers

    The essence of a great law school is a great faculty. Since 2000, we have grown the Penn Law faculty by nearly 50 percent while holding the size of the student body steady. This has further strengthened the Law Schools academic rigor and fostered close, mentoring relationships between students and teachers.

    Our professors are renowned and prolific scholars, publishing broadly-acclaimed books and articles that advance knowledge in the law and related fields. Nearly 70 percent of faculty members hold an advanced degree in addition to the JD.

    We are living at a time when it is impossible to be a successful

    attorney without understanding how law and legal institutions

    operate both within and beyond our own nations, and Penns LLM

    Program ensures that everyone with a Penn Law degree develops

    a deep comparative understanding of the law.

    Eric FeldmanProfessor of Law; Co-Director, Center for Asian Law


  • 65 full-time faculty

    2/3with advanced degrees in addition to the JD

    50% Penn Law faculty with secondary appointments

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