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Program overview

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 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 Economics and Business) and Penn Law (LL.M.). 

The faculty involved in this program is comprised of internationally renowned academics and practitioners. By joining both the Penn 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 as alumni to extend their networks and opportunities to both sides of the Atlantic.

Students participating in the program will have access at both 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 et Stratégie (French taught) or in the Master Economics and Business (English taught) :

  • Master Finance et Stratégie, International Business (French taught program)
  • Master Economics and Business (English taught program)

A specific concentration can appear on the Master's degree at Sciences Po according to the courses completed at Penn Law.

Year 2 at Penn Law

Students will spend their last year of study at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the Master of Laws, following the LLM program curriculum.  Students have the possibility of obtaining a Wharton Business and Law Certificate (WBLC) at the Wharton School in its Wharton Program for Working professionals if they fulfil the Program's TOEFL and work experience requirements. In any case, all students can take one course at any school within the University of Pennsylvania, including Wharton.

Students select courses from an extensive curriculum of specialized courses and seminars at Penn Law. While Penn Law does not offer LLM degrees in specific fields of law, all LLM students may, however, design their own personal curriculum and, in doing so, may choose to focus on a particular topic or specialty including, but not limited to:

  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property & the Internet
  • International Law
  • Public Interest/Human Rights
  • Securities and Banking
  • Trade Law

Curriculum

Students pursuing the Master of Laws, or LLM degree, are required to enrol full-time in the Summer Program prior to commencing their studies in the following fall and spring semesters. The Summer Program has a set curriculum and begins on the first Friday in August and runs for five weeks. During the spring and fall semesters LLM students take courses and seminars shoulder to shoulder with students enrolled in Penn Law's JD program (the three year degree traditionally obtained to practice law in the United States).  

Students have two options to fulfil the LLM degree requirements: they may elect to complete either 20 credit hours plus a writing project, or 23 credit hours of course work.  The writing requirement is a substantial (minimum 25 pages) piece of original research written under the supervision of a faculty member. Most classes at Penn Law are either 3 or 4 credit hours.

LLM students typically enrol in three to four courses or seminars each semester. Those choosing the writing requirement typically do so as part of a seminar in which the student is enrolled, but it may also be undertaken through an independent study with a faculty member. The parameters of the paper are determined in consultation with the faculty member involved but, in general, these projects are in depth research papers on a topic of the student's choice.

For more information on Penn Law's LLM Program, see :
www.law.upenn.edu/prospective/grad/coursestudy.html