What will I learn?

The JD/PhD Program is designed to expose lawyers and psychologists to the growing number of issues that involve both fields, such as competence, mental illness and incapacity, and the field of behavioral law and economics.

Both degrees can be earned in six to seven years course of study. Students will generally spend their first year in the Department of Psychology. The second academic year is spent full-time in the first-year curriculum of the Law School. Years three and four continue with study at the Law School, with some course work in Psychology possible. The remaining three years are spent with psychology coursework, a PhD qualifying examination and PhD dissertation research and writing.

Students should apply contemporaneously for admission to both the Department of Psychology and the Law School, noting on both that they have applied to the other. There may be a rare case when a student who has been accepted into the Ph.D. program may, in the first year of that course of study, apply for admission to the Law School and to the Dual Degree Program.

Once admitted to both programs independently, students will be able to seek each school’s relevant financial support. Students will pay for Law School in the usual ways (assets, loans, need-based financial assistance if qualified).

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (6 to 7 years)

Tuition fees
USD $63,610/year for JD
Start date

1 September 2020


School of Law

3501 Sansom Street,



19104, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants for master’s and doctoral programs must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited School or University prior to intended matriculation date.

A strong command of the English language is necessary for successful study at Penn. Applicants whose families do not speak English at home, or applicants who have not attended a high school or secondary school where the primary language of instruction is English, are asked to take the TOEFL, the Test of English as a Foreign Language, administered by the Educational Testing Service. In the event the TOEFL is not readily accessible, Penn will accept results from the IELTS, the International English Language Testing System.

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