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Dual Degree with University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia, USA)

Sciences Po and Carey Penn Law: two world class institutions

Sciences Po at a Glance

Sciences Po functions as a top-level research university in the social sciences, offering a wide and varied curriculum and drawing on academics and experts in such fields as political science, international relations, sociology, law, and economics. Scholars as well as professionals from the business world and public administration comprise Sciences Po's distinguished faculty.

Located in the heart of Paris, Sciences Po is a symbol of excellence and attracts outstanding students from all over the world. With more than 470 partner universities worldwide and 47% of international students, Sciences Po has become a truly international institution.

Innovation and creativity in research and education have always been a driving force at Sciences Po. Through its multidisciplinary programs, Sciences Po delivers a solid methodological training and provides students with the tools to deal with complexity. Besides, Sciences Po's education constantly encourages bold intellectual attitudes and mutual respect and consideration.

Penn Carey Law at a Glance

Penn Carey Law is a world leader in legal education, uniquely equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to excel in today's legal marketplace, wherever their career aspirations and intellectual interests take them.

Our Strengths:

  • The Wharton Business and Law Certificate, a custom designed program taught by Wharton faculty
  • World-class faculty who are celebrated scholars and devoted teachers
  • A culture of collegiality, where students feel welcomed and supported, allowing them to safely take risks that deepen and broaden their education
  • Our innovative summer pre-term program.

The Law School and Philadelphia:

The Law School is state-of-the-art facility, with four fully interconnected buildings surrounding a green courtyard. Students are only steps away from the amenities of the University of Pennsylvania, with its activities for graduate and professional students, a state-of-the-art gym and health club, and its many libraries, museums, theaters, lectures, and events.

Philadelphia, one of the most historically significant cities in the United States, features wonderful residential neighborhoods, a booming restaurant scene, robust art and theater life, excellent shopping, and great sports teams — all centrally located and served by public transport. Philadelphia offers professional students an affordable, accessible, and exciting lifestyle with easy access to New York City and Washington, D.C.

A high standard multicultural program in Finance and Law

The Dual Master's degree program in International Finance and Law is a two-year full time Master's Program. Spanning a wide range of disciplines, this program offers core courses in management, finance and law.

The curriculum blends financial and legal expertise and professional skills courses. It is designed to offer advanced education in the area of financial law and to give students the opportunity to develop a top-level career in the private, public or non-profit sectors.

All students will spend their first year at Sciences Po, and their second year at Penn Carey Law. After two years of study, and provided credits have been completed in both institutions, students will receive Master's degrees from both Sciences Po (Master's in Finance and Strategy or Master's in International Management and Sustainability) and Penn Carey Law (LLM).

The faculty involved in this program is comprised of internationally renowned academics and practitioners. By joining both the Penn Carey Law and Sciences Po communities, dual degree students will be able to benefit from the exceptionally stimulating intellectual environment of both institutions during the duration of the program, and to extend their networks and opportunities to both sides of the Atlantic as alumni.

Students participating in the program will have access both at Sciences Po and at the University of Pennsylvania to all facilities normally offered to students, such as libraries, computer network, career services, sports facilities, and student associations and cultural life.

Year 1 at Sciences Po

Students who are jointly admitted will spend their first year of study at Sciences Po either in the Master Finance and Strategy or in the Master in International Business and Sustainability:

Year 2 at Penn Carey Law

Students spend their second year at Penn Carey Law earning an LLM alongside approximately 115 other foreign-trained attorneys, typically from over 30 countries.

The LLM begins with a five-week five-credit program prior to the start of the fall semester. This innovative pre-term program provides an academic foundation in the U.S. legal system as well as social, cultural, and professional opportunities, preparing LLM students to fully integrate into Penn Carey Law’s collegial community. For the fall and spring semesters, students customize their curriculum by selecting from the extensive law school offerings to focus on a specific area of law or explore new interests. Two concentrations are available: Intellectual Property and Technology Law and Global Security, Sustainability, and Human Rights.

Dual degree students are also eligible to enroll in the Wharton Business and Law Certificate (WBLC), a custom designed program for Penn Law LLM students taught by Wharton faculty which runs concurrently with the LLM program, however this certificate requires an additional fee.

To gain practical expertise, LLMs take advantage of a broad array of pro bono opportunities, clinics, boot camps, and practical focused courses.  The Office of Professionalism also provides programming to enhance professional skills development.  LLMs engage in extracurricular activities ranging from athletic clubs to academic and professional organizations to student-run journals.  


Applicants to this dual degree should have completed an LLB, JD, or equivalent prior to matriculation in the LLM at Penn Carey Law (but need not necessarily have completed such degree by the time of application so long as completion is expected).

Applications will be done online via the Sciences Po Admissions website. Please visit our admission website or contact the Admissions service to learn more about the admission online process.

Tuition fees

Students must pay the tuition fees applicable in their host institution (Sciences Po for Year 1 and Penn Law for Year 2).

Financial aid

Dual degree students are eligible to the same financial aid as other students in the institution where they are enrolled (at Sciences Po for Year 1 and at Penn Carey Law for Year 2). However, financial aid at Sciences Po and Penn Carey Law is limited and will not cover the total cost of the dual degree program. Students are therefore strongly encouraged to also look for external grants and fellowships.

Year 1: Financial aid at Sciences Po

Sciences Po offers a wide range of merit-based and need-based scholarships to French, EU and international students.
More information about bursaries and financial assistance.

Year 2: Financial aid at Penn Carey Law

Dual degree students are eligible for consideration for Penn Carey Law scholarships toward tuition of the second year of the program.  However, the process is competitive, and funding is limited.  Accordingly, applicants should consider every option available to fully fund their studies at Penn Carey Law, including taking out private loans as well as government-sponsored ones. Incoming LLMs can indicate interest in being considered for Penn Carey Law scholarships by emailing gradadms@law.upenn.edu no later than March 1 of the year that will matriculate at Penn Carey Law.

More information about financing your education at Penn Carey Law.


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