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Penn Law’s approach to the study of law is rigorously cross-disciplinary. In 2008, 50% of the courses offered to law students were cross-disciplinary, 30% of all law students took a class outside the law school, and of those 30%, more than 70% took a class at UPenn’s renowned Wharton School of Business. In particular, Penn Law offers three distinct forms of cross-discliplinary study: (1) individual courses; (2) certificate programs; and (3) formal joint-degree programs.

According to the Law School: “The integration of law and other disciplines pervades Penn Law. We sit shoulder to shoulder with some of the world's greatest medical, professional, and graduate schools. This allows us to draw a faculty that is deeply engaged with other disciplines. And it provides our students ready and convenient access to take courses, certificates, and joint degrees in these complementary fields.

“As a student, you have the chance to experience this cross-disciplinary integration in several ways. The Penn Law faculty seamlessly incorporate their expertise in other disciplines into their teaching of legal topics. We encourage our students to pursue a subject matter of interest to them in an area that is broadly relevant to the study of law. Students can take up to four courses (which count toward the J.D.) at any of the other graduate and professional schools at Penn. For those students committed to a particular area, we have a wide array of certificate and joint degree programs for your exploration.

When space permits, we encourage upper level undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to take classes at the Law School, knowing that many of these students will bring a different perspective to the subject matter. We offer classes that are team-taught with faculty from other departments and schools at Penn.” (Penn Law Website)

In all, Penn Law offers more than 20 joint and dual degree programs, including a JD/MBA with Wharton, a JD/MBE in Bioethics, a JD/MS in Social Policy, and a JD/MCP in City & Regional Planning, to name a few.

Penn Law’s Certificates of Studies include a Certificate in Middle East & Islamic Studies, a Certificate in Business and Public Policy with Wharton, and Certificates in Environmental Policy and Environmental Science, among others.

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