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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.

J.D. Program

The J.D. program at Penn State Law is a three-year, six-semester course of study offered in University Park, Pennsylvania and Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The first-year curriculum and certain upper-level courses are required; all other courses are elective.

Required Courses

First Year- Fall

First Year- Spring

Second or Third Year

Professional Responsibility

Required Professional Skills Course

To earn a J.D. degree a student must complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Professional Skills course, in addition to the other J.D. Degree Requirements.

The following courses satisfy the Professional Skills Course graduation requirement:

Required Seminar Course

To earn a J.D. degree a student must complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Seminar course, in addition to the other J.D. degree Requirements.

All courses designated as "SEM" in the Course Descriptions satisfy the seminar course graduation requirement.