The Law School’s Graduate and International Programs team focuses on ensuring that International LL.M. and S.J.D. students become a vital part of the law school community—enriching the program with their diversity of experience. Penn State Law’s integration with the School of International affairs offers students two faculties with unmatched depth in international law and policy.
Stephen G. Barnes
Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Programs
Steve oversees LL.M. and S.J.D. admissions. Before his appointment, Steve lived for 8 years in China where he was a visiting law professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and also served as Penn State Law China Programs Director. Steve is proficient in French, Chinese, and Swedish, and is energized by the cultural diversity that talented international students bring to Penn State Law. Education: J.D., University of Oregon; M.B.A., The George Washington University; B.A., Brigham Young University.
Director of Graduate and International Programs
In addition to admissions—with a particular focus on applicants from China and exchange students—Jing also directs student services for all international LL.M., S.J.D., and exchange students enrolled at Penn State Law. Jing received her M.E. at Tianjin University of China and LL.M at Penn State Law. Prior to joining Penn State she worked for a patent and trademark law office in China. From 2002-2006, she was a patent examiner of State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China.
LL.M Admission & International Program Coordinator
A native of Pennsylvania, Brenda joined Penn State Law at University Park in 2007, following 18 years working in the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office. She has been the first point of contact for Penn State Law’s first LLM class of 2008 to present. Brenda receives and processes all applications for the LL.M. and S.J.D. programs, as well as all exchange student applications.
Graduate and International Programs Administrative Support Assistant
Wanda graduated from Centre Business School and worked in a State College law firm for 27 years before joining Penn State Law in 2015. In addition to her administrative duties, Wanda provides support services to Penn State Law’s international students.