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JD/MA International Studies: Lauder Institute, Wharton & the School of Arts & Sciences

About the Lauder Institute

The Lauder Institute offers JD students the opportunity to earn an MA in International Studies from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences and gain the language, business, and cultural skills to assume positions of leadership in international law, business, and policy making in the public, private, and civil society sectors.


Inside the Lauder MA/MBA and MA/JD Joint Degree Programs

Language and Cultural Study

The Lauder program is designed for students who already have advanced second-language skills and emphasizes intercultural training.  Students pursue international studies in one of the five regional areas of concentration, including the pursuit of a target language, or in the Global Program:

The regional areas of concentration are:

  • Africa
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa

The Global Program emphasizes global leadership and management skills for multiple cultural contexts, and is intended for students who already have strong fluency in one language in addition to English.


JD/MA students join the Lauder Institute at the conclusion of their first year of Law School, with a month of Lauder coursework in May.  These classes are followed by a two-month overseas summer immersion program that focuses on language and cultural study and provides opportunities for corporate visits to companies, government offices, nonprofits, and/or international organizations.  All other coursework, including a required research paper/project, is completed during the remaining two years of Law School. For more information, visit the Lauder website.


Students apply separately to the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Lauder.  Please visit the admissions website for application specifics. Any questions may be directed to Kara Keenan, Director of Admissions Marketing and Financial Aid at or +1 (215) 898-6560.

Lauder hosts an annual information session for 1L students in early Fall at the Law School.

Students apply for financial aid from the Law School. Students interested in being considered for Lauder Institute fellowships will be invited to complete a fellowship application after being accepted at Lauder.

Lauder and the Law School will accept either the GRE, GMAT or LSAT.


  First year First Year Summer Second year Third year
Fourth year (if necessary)
Course Work 1L Lauder Immersion program (May - July) 2L & Lauder courses & Lauder Team Research Project/Paper 3L & Lauder courses & Lauder Team Research Project/Paper

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