University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program Reviews

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86%
of students recommend
(3.62 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 14 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 24,960 (11,716 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 18% part-time, 82% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $37,134
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2018

Definitely a hefty investment but worth the cost in the end. Career Services is immensely helpful at securing you summer jobs and permanent employment after graduation.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

The Penn Law master's degree program is very competitive which accommodates people from diverse cultural backgrounds and academic and professional achievements. The program is distinctive because it first provides an acclimatization period called the summer program which allows newly admitted LL.M candidates to not only be properly introduced to the dynamics of US. law and legal theory but also provides a chance for the students to get to know one another, the faculty and the environs. It combines both academic work with social events and other forms of orientation which helps students settle into the system. The LL.M itself then commences during the Fall semester and this provides students with a wide range of interesting courses which meets the professional interests of each candidate. The classes are competitive as they are taken with the upper level J.Ds and this brings a different mix into the program. Moreover, the LL.M program offers a rare opportunity to take courses in other disciplines outside of the law school, especially the Wharton Business and Law Certificate Program which can be taken along side the LL.M program. I must mention that the Faculty is open to both in-class and out-of-class discussions, and they are willing to provide all the assistance they can muster. Career-wise, the school is dedicated to ensuring that its students are presented with job opportunities and several networking events are lined up to meet this goal. With respect to cons, the program is only for 10 months and this leaves a lot to be covered within a short period of time.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: affordable city, nice campus Cons: lack of meaningful career support, particularly for people who don't have contacts at law firms or don't want to work at law firms
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

Penn Law is a wonderful place to be in school. Its reputation and faculty are both top-notch, and career services supports you throughout your entire time in law school. Philadelphia is a great city to be in.
1.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2013

Although the LL.M. program was very flexible and the courses on point, UPenn's efforts in helping the LL.M. students find a job is absolutely horrendous. For all intents and purposes, the UPenn career support is limited to sending students to the International Job Fair in NY and telling students to network. Beyond this, there is no help whatsoever. Once you leave the program, career support barely even answers any emails. In my graduating class, unless you were from South America, only 2 people, out of 118, found a job at a law firm. For $60,000, this degree is quasi-worthless. With most employers seeking to hire only J.D. students, LL.M.s are at a distinct disadvantage. The ONLY advantage of this program is that it can provide you with the requirements necessary to take the NY bar.
2.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2009

The program was incredibly intense, and career support was only geared towards students who wanted to work at big law firms.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: this is not your average northern ivy league law school where people are competitive and cold. Collegiality here is REAL. The school operates as a family and there are always fun celebrations going on. Cons: the 1L classes focus too much on theory and less about practical black-letter law; registering is still in the stone age where you have to go in personally and confirm spots on waitlist. You won't get all the classes that you want, which is annoying for the tuition costs.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2013

This is the best program that I could have imagined.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2013

Extremely friendly student body, excellent support for public interest students via the Toll Public Interest Center.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: faculty, staff and professors are incredibly supportive and available to students Cons: there are no real cons except that financial aid is not particularly great. also, this is not particular to Penn Law but law school generally can be very challenging on some days;
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