University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Law School - Penn Law

  • Address: 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Pennsylvania 19104
  • Contact: Matthew Parker
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  • Phone: (215) 898-7483
  • Summary:

    Philadelphia is the birthplace of the U.S. Constitution. Millions around the globe are inspired by the decisions made here, which laid the bedrock foundation for the American legal system.

    In 1790, James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, framer of the Constitution and member of the first U.S. Supreme Court, delivered the University of Pennsylvania’s first lectures in law to President George Washington and all the members of his Cabinet.

    Following this auspicious beginning, Penn began offering a full-time program in law in 1850, under the leadership of George Sharswood, an innovator in legal education. Since that time, Penn Law has been at the forefront of legal education in our country.

    University of Pennsylvania’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 primarily for lawyers trained outside the United States. Students select courses from an extensive curriculum of specialized courses and seminars at Penn Law. Penn Law grants a generalized LLM that allows each student to design his or her own curriculum and, in doing so, may choose to focus on a particular topic.   LLM students take courses alongside our upper level JD students and are with us for ten months including the five week summer program.

    University of Pennsylvania's LLM students are also eligible to enroll in the Wharton Business and Law Certificate, a custom designed program for LLM students taught by Wharton faculty and industry experts selected for their teaching skills, subject expertise and ability to offer applied concepts and examples to participants. All LLM students may participate in this program which runs concurrently with the LLM program.