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Joint JD/MA Program: Lawyers with International Experience
January 16, 2007, Volume 53, No. 18

The University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute and the Law School announced a new three-year, joint JD/MA in the international studies degree program. The program, expands the Lauder Institute’s current offerings beyond the MBA/MA joint degree program which combines a Wharton MBA with a master’s in international studies, that started in 1984.

This unique program combines a law degree with the intensive language and cultural training of the Lauder Institute’s master’s in international studies.

“Students who complete this program will have an unparalleled advantage in the new global economy which is more competitive than ever,” said Dr. Stephen J. Kobrin, director of the Lauder Institute.

The program is designed for Penn Law students with solid foreign language skills who wish to improve and integrate these skills into their professional careers. The program combines their legal skills with real international experience. All course work can be completed during the three years of law school with students joining the Lauder Institute at the conclusion of their first year at Penn Law.

“Legal education in today’s complex world requires that students graduate prepared to navigate easily across boundaries in law-related areas—and even more so in the international arena,” said Dr. Michael A. Fitts, dean of the Law School. “The Penn Law/Wharton Lauder Institute program is a fine example of the cross-disciplinary education that is essential for law students.”

The eight language tracks offered by the Lauder Institute include: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The program also includes a two-month, in-country immersion program.

At the Lauder Institute, high-level language and culture training, two-months in-country immersion and course work from SAS prepares leaders for the ever-evolving global economy. Graduates join the diverse, supportive and committed worldwide Lauder community—continuing a 20-year tradition of international business leadership. For more information, visit www.lauder.wharton.upenn.edu.

Almanac - January 16, 2007, Volume 53, No. 18