Penn State Law welcomes applications for the J.D. program from people with both 1) a first degree in law from an institution located outside the U.S., and 2) a U.S. LL.M. degree. Applicants are eligible for advanced standing and may complete the J.D. in four semesters of study. J.D. degree graduates may sit for the bar exam in all U.S. states.
Applicants who graduate from Penn State Law through the J.D. with advanced standing program will earn a U.S. degree and can take advantage of an in-depth U.S. legal study program, including Penn State Law's many practice-based learning opportunities.
Additionally, a Penn State Law degree connects our graduates with the more than 500,000 alumni of Penn State University worldwide. Penn State University is ranked as one of the top universities in the world, with alumni in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, and Australia. J.D. students enjoy sophisticated legal study at a world-class institution in the safe, beautiful, and affordable Central Pennsylvania region.
How to Apply
Applicants should complete the application which is in PDF form below and provide the following:
- An up-to-date résumé
- A personal statement substantially unedited by anyone other than the applicant
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a U.S. law professor under whom the applicant has studied
- Transcripts from the applicant's LL.M. granting institution and undergraduate school
- Any other addenda including optional diversity statement or statement of specific interest, or addenda required to provide information in response to an affirmative answer to a disclosure question. The supplemental form is also available below.
Applicants should submit the completed application and all components (unless transcripts or letters of recommendation are not available at the time of submission) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will accept copies of transcripts with the application, however, original copies in English must be provided to Penn State Law within 30 days of matriculation. Failure to provide original transcripts will result in a loss of good standing and dismissal from the law school.
Letters of recommendation will also be accepted by e-mail directly from the recommender. Sealed hard copies of letter of recommendation will also be accepted.
Hard copies of any application documents may be mailed to:
Penn State Law
Office of Admissions — J.D. with Advanced Standing Application
Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
Any questions may be directed to Amanda DiPolvere, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, at email@example.com.