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Future LLM Students

University of Pennsylvania Law School

3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Office of Graduate Programs
Phone: 215.898.0407 | Website: www.law.upenn.edu


The LLM program at Penn Law is over a century old and recognized as among the best in the United States. Aside from the chance to take coursework at a top law school, the Penn Law LLM program attracts students interested in

  • a cross-disciplinary approach to legal education. It is clear that global leaders in the law must be well-trained in the disciplines related to law. At Penn, this training is infused into the curriculum and is augmented by the ability to take courses at any of the graduate and professional schools at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the United States' elite Ivy League institutions.
  • faculty members who are not only world-renowned experts in their field but who are also engaged and engaging teachers.
  • a culture of collegiality, where students are made to feel welcome and supported, and in which students can safely take risks that deepen and broaden their study.

This program is a two-semester, full-time course of study in advanced legal topics designed primarily for lawyers trained outside of the United States. Students select courses from an extensive curriculum of specialized classes and seminars at Penn Law. LLM students take courses alongside upper-level JD students and are with us for 10 months, including a 5-week summer program. LLM students also participate in the LLM public service program, clinics, journals, and student clubs.

Students in the LLM program may enroll in the Wharton Business and Law Certificate program, which is designed for students interested in gaining a foundation in business and law.

Penn Law is located on the 250-acre campus of the University of Pennsylvania, in the heart of Philadelphia, one of the most historic and livable cities in the United States. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740, U Penn is one of the country's premier Ivy League universities. The Law School is well-integrated with the university; Penn Law students take courses at the other world-renowned graduate schools at Penn, including the Wharton School of Business.

Penn LLM students participate actively in the strong intellectual community of the university that includes many international faculty and students. Each year, the university welcomes more than 3,000 international students from approximately 125 countries. Additionally, within blocks of Penn Law are world-class museums and performing arts centers, graduate student housing, a first-class restaurant scene, and the center of Philadelphia—one of the largest and most diverse cities in the country.

Penn Law today offers an unparalleled environment for the study of law in the United States.

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

For information about Penn Law's US and International Law LLM program, please see Master of Laws Degree (LLM), or contact:

Matthew Parker
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215.898.0407
E-mail: gradadms@law.upenn.edu

Application Process


Applications for admission to graduate programs at Penn Law are reviewed by the Graduate Programs Admissions Committee on a rolling basis. We strongly advise all candidates to submit their completed applications at the earliest possible date.

The deadlines are

  • November 15 for LLM and LLCM applications submitted for Early Notification (response by February 1).
  • December 15 for all other LLM and LLCM applications (response in March).
    We will consider requests to extend the deadline.

Required Materials

As detailed in the application materials, a completed application to any of Penn Law's graduate programs must include the items listed below.

  • An application form
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A résumé
  • A transcript from each degree-granting postsecondary school attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores
  • An application fee of $80

NOTE: We require the use of LSAC services.

The application fee may, in exceptional cases, be reduced or waived at the discretion of the International Programs Committee. Candidates requesting a fee waiver or reduction should do so by submitting a request at Forms & Contact Information.

Letters of Recommendation

A completed graduate application to Penn Law must include two letters of recommendation, ideally from law professors or others who have personal experience instructing and evaluating the candidate. We understand the burden this requirement places on recommenders. Such subjective evaluations from knowledgeable references, however, are important factors in weighing the relative merits of international candidates whose objective credentials necessarily reflect many distinct grading systems and national standards for legal education.

An applicant may, alternatively, submit letters from academic instructors outside of the field of law, from employers, or from others with a personal knowledge of the candidate's intellectual and other strengths. The Admissions Committee strongly advises that all letters be submitted in conjunction with the Recommender Form, but it will review letters submitted without the form attached.

Additional Information

For additional information on Penn Law's LLM program, including application information, and information on housing, career services, financial aid, and more, please visit us at Admissions and Graduate Programs.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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