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Master in Law Requirements

Learn more about the Master in Law program at Penn Law!


Eight courses (consisting of three ML core foundation classes, one ML elective foundation class and four upper-level JD classes) are required to complete the Master in Law degree. These courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis and students have four years to complete these requirements unless they are enrolled in an approved dual-degree program in which case this time frame may be extended.

The three ML core foundation courses provide a comprehensive overview to the fundamental aspects of law including jurisdiction and sources of law, corporate entities, and the role and function of administrative agencies. The ML elective foundation class grounds students in the key legal concepts of their chosen area of emphasis.  The upper-level courses are taken from Penn Law’s rich and varied JD curriculum.

Core Foundation Classes:

  • ML: U.S. Law and Legal Methods
  • ML: General Business Law
  • ML: Navigating the Regulatory State

Additional Master in Law Courses:

  • ML: American Constitutional Law
  • ML: Technology and IP Law for Non-Lawyers
  • ML: Medical Negligence and Liability 
  • ML: Contracts and Negotiations
  • ML: Corporate Compliance
  • ML: Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Law
  • ML: Health Law and Policy
  • ML: Fundamentals of U.S. Legal Research
  • ML: Patent Law
  • Other courses under development

Upper Level Penn Law courses:

In addition to the foundation courses which are specifically designed for Master in Law students, four courses from Penn Law’s upper level JD curriculum will complete the Master in Law coursework. In these upper level courses, Master in Law students will sit along side and interact with Penn Law JD students, enabling the Master in Law students to enrich the JD classroom with their unique perspective and experience and to better understand how lawyers approach and analyze issues related to health law.

Outside Coursework:

Subject to approval, for dual degree candidates, two classes from a student’s current coursework outside of the law school, deemed relevant to the student’s Master in Law studies and taken while enrolled in the Master in Law program, may be considered for credit toward the Master in Law degree.