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Joint Degree Programs

15% of the Class of 2017 (37 students) graduated with joint degrees - across 11 different disciplines.

As one of the world’s great research institutions, the University of Pennsylvania is home to an array of superb graduate and professional schools – all within walking distance of the Law School. The Penn approach to education is the integration of knowledge across disciplines and so it is no surprise that many University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students earn joint or dual degrees, or simply take up to four classes as part of their JD.

Students interested in earning a concurrent degree should apply separately to that program or school and, in most cases, can apply to that second program either contemporaneously with their application to the Law School or while in their 1L or 2L year. Because the Law School and the sister school grant credit for a certain number of the other school’s courses, students typically save one year by pursuing both programs concurrently.

Students who earn a joint degree or certificate will incur a one-time administrative fee.

For more on Joint Degrees and other cross-disciplinary opportunities, please contact: Amanda S. Aronoff, L’95, Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs and Academic Options at


JD/MSE (Engineering) and JD/MCIT (Computing & Information Technology) School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS)
JD/MD (Doctor of Medicine) Perelman School of Medicine

Three-Year Programs

JD/MBA The Wharton School
Department of Medical Ethics
Perelman School of Medicine
Social Policy
School of Social Policy & Practice
Nonprofit Leadership

School of Social Policy & Practice
Education Policy

Graduate School of Education

Higher Education

Graduate School of Education


Department of Criminology

JD/MA International Studies

The Lauder Institute
Wharton and the School of Arts & Sciences

Economic Law with Specialization in Global Governance
The Law School,  the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po)
(for students with a BSW)
School of Social Policy & Practice
JD/LLM Hong Kong Hong Kong University

Other Masters Programs and PhD Programs

Computing & Information Technology

 School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS)
JD/MD Doctor of Medicine Perelman School of Medicine
JD/MES Department of Earth and Environmental Science


School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS)
City & Regional Planning
Penn Design

JD/MPH Master of Public Health

Perelman School of Medicine
JD/MPA Fels Institute of Government
Islamic Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
School of Arts & Sciences
JD/MSW School of Social Policy & Practice
JD/MBA (4 year) The Wharton School
American Legal History
Department of History
Department of Philosophy

Penn Dental Medicine

Recent Ad Hoc Joint Degrees

JD/PhD Legal Studies and Business Ethics Wharton
JD/MA Philosophy Department of Philosophy
JD/PhD Anthropology Department of Anthropology
JD/PhD Communications Annenberg School for Communication
JD/PhD Psychology Department of Psychology


In certain instances, Penn undergraduates may submatriculate at the Law School, finishing their undergraduate degree and pursuing the JD at the same time.

Submatriculation Programs

JD/BA                                      College of Arts & Sciences 
JD/BS The Wharton School
JD/BSE School of Engineering & Applied Science
JD/BSN The Nursing School


Law School students also have opportunities to complement their degrees with study in the international arena.

International Program Joint Degrees

International Studies
The Lauder Institute
Wharton and the School of Arts & Sciences
Economic Law with Specialization in Global Governance
Sciences Po (Paris)
JD/LLM Hong Kong Hong Kong University
LLM/MFS International Finance Sciences Po (Paris)

Joint Degree Confirmation Form

Once officially admitted into a joint degree program, law students pursuing a joint degree need to submit the Joint Degree Confirmation Form to the Law School Registrar’s Office.  Once this form is submitted, joint degree students do NOT need to fill out the otherwise required Application for Law School Credit for Non-Law Course when registering for non-law courses towards the joint degree (see here for more information on registration for non-law courses).   Please contact Amanda S. Aronoff, Associate Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs with any questions.


All Law School students are encouraged to consider graduate level courses at other Penn departments that complement their legal education, and the Law School will grant credit for up to four such courses. Students who take courses for which the Law School does not give credit toward the Law degree (e.g., a fifth course, or a course for which we cannot give JD credit) will pay for those courses at the prevailing rate.