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University of Pennsylvania

Founded by Ben Franklin in 1751, the University of Pennsylvania, recognized as America's first university and a world leader in research, is an Ivy League school on a picturesque campus in the vibrant heart of Philadelphia.

Penn has a diverse student body of about 10,000, undergraduate and graduate students from every U.S. state and around the globe. About 13% of the last years' entering classes are international students. Penn is ranked among the top 10 universities in the U.S. It comprises 12 graduate and professional schools, including the Wharton School of Business, the School of Nursing, Graduate School of Education, Law School, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Annenberg School for Communication, which all rank among the top schools in their fields.

There is an active student life on this campus including many student organizations, publications and sports. It is well-located beside Drexel University, and a short subway ride from downtown Philadelphia which is rich in history and culture as well as restaurants and shopping.

Among the well-known living alumni are linguist and political theorist, Noam Chomsky and entrepeneurs Warren Buffett and Donald Trump.

The law school

Penn Law School provides a superior legal education enhanced by cross-disciplinary studies, and boasts a faculty of world-renowned scholars and first-rate teachers who are accessible to their students. This prestigious and selective Ivy League school is ranked 7th by U.S. News and World Report.

Penn believes that today’s lawyers need to be trained not only in legal tradition but also need broader expertise and therefore, in its cross- disciplinary programs, provides students with the opportunity to combine their legal studies with studies in business, economics, engineering, history, philosophy, and social sciences at the other graduate and professional schools at Penn. In the the cross-disciplinary programs students can choose between merely taking courses in other faculties, following a joint/dual degree program, or earning a certificate of study.

Penn Law also offers public service and clinical programs which have national reputations. It has a mandatory pro bono program which requires students to perform 70 hours of pro bono service. The clinical programs are client-centered and include a civil practice clinic, an entrepeneurship clinic, a mediation clinic, a legislative clinic, a child advocacy clinic, a transnational clinic, a criminal defense clinic and a public interest clinic. Penn also provides externships in a variety of Philadelpha organizations.

Penn Law publishes 6 legal journals.

Student life on this attractive, well-situated campus is active. Students may participate in Moot Court competitions, student organizations or write for a campus publication. The school emphasizes the approachability of its faculty and collegiality in general. It has apparently succeeded. Students are happy with Penn Law; it ranked third in a national survey of student satisfaction.

Tuition fees

Tuition and fees, including the cost of the LL.M summer program are $50,862.

An additional pre-term course in English as a Second Language costs approximately $800.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a J.D. or LL.B. degree, or an equivalent degree from a law school that, if in the United States, is approved by the American Bar Association and belongs to the Association of the American Law Schools, or, if outside the United States, has a similar standing.

In exceptional circumstances, students who do not already have a law degree may be accepted. Usually, they have a Ph.D. or M.D. or an equivalent graduate degree, and will have already started their academic or professional career.

Many factors are considered in the application process, including academic achievement and professional experience. Applicants with relevant professional experience generally are usually prioritized.

Non-native language English speakers must take the TOEFL or the IELTS exam. Individual English assessments, in person or by telephone, may also be required. The general requirement is a TOEFL score of at least 250 (CBT)/ 600 (WBT) /100 (IBT) or IELTS score of 7.

The Program

The LLM program is over 100 years old. Because it is considered one of the top programs in the U.S. it attracts students from around the world. In the last school year Penn had more than 90 international students from 44 different countries.

The features which distinguish Penn’s LLM program include a cross-disciplinary approach to legal education, first-rate and engaged faculty, and a culture of collegiality instead of competition.

LLM students take courses with upper level J.D. students which benefits both groups.

As well as the LLM degree, Penn also offers an LLCM degree, a Master of Comparative Law.

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