The Pennsylvania State University
About the Law School
Penn State University is a tier one research university consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Considered among the nation’s best law schools, Penn State Dickinson Law is the oldest law school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one of the oldest in the United States. For 188 years, Dickinson Law has produced some of the world’s finest attorneys, judges, government and corporate leaders, and legal educators.
Throughout its rich 40-year history of offering the LL.M. Program, Dickinson Law has welcomed students from around the world who have come to advance their careers by studying with our distinguished faculty.
Dickinson Law’s historic campus has been completely renovated and rebuilt to bring together students, staff, and faculty. Certified as environmentally friendly and boasting one of the largest green roofs in Pennsylvania, Lewis Katz Hall is a state-of-the-art facility featuring classrooms and seminar rooms, a moot courtroom with a 200-seat observatory, and a legislative hearing room.
The H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library at Dickinson Law is a modern research facility offering law-related resources and a wide range of services that support the Law School’s curriculum and the advancement of legal scholarship.
All classrooms are equipped with sophisticated audiovisual technology that allows students and professors to communicate in real time with colleagues and professionals around the world.
Penn State's Dickinson Law students learn from a distinctive and dedicated full-time faculty complemented by an adjunct faculty of practicing attorneys and judges. Full-time faculty members have spent years practicing law and they continue to engage nationally and internationally with the legal profession through pro bono litigation, mediation, advisory committees, and scholarship.
Click here to learn more about our accomplished faculty.
Penn State Dickinson Law is located in Carlisle, PA, which continuously ranks as one of the country's most livable small towns in the United States due in part to the diversity of the people and institutions, amenities, and array of community activities. The cost of living consistently rates below the U.S. average, making it an affordable, cost-efficient option for attending law school. Generally, everything one needs is within easy walking or biking distance. In fact, most students find reasonably priced housing close to the Law School for just that reason.
Dickinson Law is strategically located close to Harrisburg—the capital of the Commonwealth—and its judicial, legislative, and executive offices. Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore and New York City are all easily accessible by car or train.
Beyond our campus sits a region of unparalleled beauty and culture. Known for its historic charm, Carlisle features a variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries, an independent movie theater, a downtown farmers market, and much more.
Master of Laws Courses
Penn State Dickinson Law offers a flexible, 24-credit LL.M. degree program designed to give students a high-level understanding of the U.S. legal system. Students must earn a minimum of 24 credits and complete the following courses:
- LL.M. Legal Research (1 Cr.)
- LL.M. Legal Writing (2 Cr.)
- Intro. to the U.S. Legal System (2 Cr.)
Additionally, students must enroll in one course from the following list:
- Civil Procedure (4 Cr.)
- Constitutional Law I (3 Cr.)
- Contracts (4 Cr.)
- Criminal Law (3 Cr.)
- Property (4 Cr.)
- Torts (4 Cr.)
- Criminal Procedure (3 Cr.)
- Students may stay for a third semester with the intent of completing an experiential learning program or preparing for a U.S. bar exam.
LL.M. students may enroll in a rich array of courses offered in the law school curriculum, including a focused course of study in one of the specialized fields below:
- Arbitration, Mediation, and Negotiation
- Business Law
- Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Cyber Law, Data Privacy, and Information Security
- Elder Law
- Government Law & Policy
- Health Law and Policy
- Intellectual Property and Innovation
- International Trial Advocacy
- Organizing for Social Justice
- Public Interest Law
- Security Law
- Tax Law
- Trial Advocacy and Litigation
The LL.M. program at Penn State Dickinson Law is to be completed in one academic-year program (or two semesters.) Students may stay for a third semester with the intent of completing an experiential learning program or preparing for a U.S. bar exam
For more information, please see LL.M. Curriculum | Dickinson Law (psu.edu)
Scholarships and Funding
All LL.M. applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships. There are also a number of government and private scholarship opportunities available to prospective LL.M. students applying to Dickinson Law.
For the most current information about our tuition and fees, please visit the website: Tuition and Expenses | Dickinson Law (psu.edu)
To be considered for admission, applicants must have earned either a U.S. J.D. from an ABA-approved law school or the equivalent to the U.S. JD from a foreign law school. Applicants should be licensed to practice law or have significant experience in legal practice.
Applicants must submit a score report from TOEFL (recommended minimum of 88) or IELTS (recommended minimum of 6.5.)
Applicants for whom English is a native language or who have received an academic degree from a college or university whose language of instruction is English meet the language requirement.
Penn State Dickinson Law takes a holistic approach to admission by considering accomplishments beyond test scores and college grades. When reviewing applications, the law school values life and work experience, leadership, community service, advanced degrees, and other personal and professional accomplishments.
Applications are accepted via LSAC. Penn State Dickinson Law does not assess an application fee. Completed applications are usually reviewed within 2-3 business days.
The LL.M. Admissions Committee reviews completed applications on an ongoing basis. Visit our website for more information on admission and application instructions.
To learn more about the LL.M. Program at Penn State Dickinson Law, visit LL.M. Admissions or contact:
Anthony C. Ogden, Ph.D.
Director, International Programs and Graduate Education
Penn State University |Dickinson Law
127F Lewis Katz Hall
150 South College Street, Carlisle, PA 17013 USA
Attend an upcoming LL.M. Open House to learn more about Penn State Dickinson Law and our LL.M. program.