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  • Penn State Law offers dozens of joint degree programs and elective opportunities. The most popular is the J.D./M.B.A. offered with Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.



Penn State Law's Programs and Academics

Penn State Law offers a J.D. and, for foreign-trained attorneys, an LL.M. and S.J.D. All Penn State law students may pursue opportunities for interdisciplinary study with other Penn State graduate programs, including the College of Education, Smeal College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences, College of the Liberal Arts, and School of International Affairs.

  • Photo of J.D. ProgramJ.D. Program

    The J.D. program is a three-year course of study. Students can participate in clinics, externships, extracurricular activities, and study with top-notch faculty.

  • Photo of Students in a conference rooomJoint Degrees

    Students may pursue joint degrees or elective study with nationally ranked Penn State graduate programs including in the College of Education, College of the Liberal Arts, College of Agricultural Sciences, School of International Affairs, and Smeal College of Business.

  • Photo of facilityLL.M. Program

    Open to lawyers trained outside of the U.S., the LL.M. program provides training in international law with world-renowned faculty and the benefits of living in one of the safest town in America.

  • Photo of SpecializedSpecialized Fields of Study

    All students may pursue electives in Energy Law and Policy, International Law, Dispute Resolution, Science and Technology, Business Law, and Public Interest Law with an array of renowned faculty scholars.

  • Photo of sjd programS.J.D. Program

    The S.J.D. is an advanced course of study for lawyers practicing outside of the U.S. who seek advanced and specialized knowledge in a particular area of law. S.J.D. students pursue supervised study leading to a dissertation. 

  • Photo of Online ProgramsResearch Centers

    Research centers allow students to gain advanced knowledge in specific areas of the law and engage faculty and practitioners in the study of law and policy.


Penn State Law Academic Handbook