The LLCM (Masters in Comparative Law) program is a one-year course of advanced study for students who have already earned their LLM degree.

While many LLCM students come from the population of Penn Law LLM alumni, applicants from other LLM programs are welcomed.

Like Penn Law LLM students, LLCM students design their own curriculum and are eligible to enroll in the Wharton Business and Law Certificate, a program designed for Penn Law graduate students taught by Wharton faculty.

Where appropriate, LLCM students are also eligible to participate in clinical programs focusing on Entrepeneurship, Intellectual Property and Technology, International Human Rights and Immigration, and Mediation.

They may also choose to participate in one of several academic journals, including the Journal of International Law and the Asian Law Review.


In order to receive the LLCM degree, a candidate must complete at least 16 semester hours, earned in at least three courses per semester, over two semesters. Credits earned in the LLM program cannot be counted toward the LLCM degree.

Aside from the above requirements, the LLCM degree is meant to be flexible. LLCM students build their own curriculum; most choose to deepen their understanding by concentrating on a specific area of law and are encouraged to complete a substantial piece of writing in that area.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.