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  • Law
  • Student
  • Ireland to U.S.
  • LL.M. program
  • For Irish/E.U. Citizens living in the Republic of Ireland for 5+ years


NOTE: Apply through the Irish Student ALL Disciplines Award and advise them of your application to University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

The Fulbright Commission and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School are offering this unique opportunity for an Irish student to travel to the U.S. to study for a general LL.M. at one of the leading universities in the U.S.

The Penn Carey Law LLM is a rigorous, full-time academic program designed for lawyers trained outside the United States. This general LLM degree allows customize your curriculum to focus on a specific area of law or to explore new interests. You can also choose from two concentrations:  Intellectual Property and Technology Law and Global Security, Sustainability, and Human Rights.

As a Penn Carey LLM student, you can enroll in the Wharton Business and Law Certificate (“WBLC”) taught by leading Wharton faculty, the WBLC program is exclusively for Penn Carey Law LLM students. This program runs concurrently with the LLM program and does not require a separate application.

Your LLM at Penn Carey Law begins with a five-week five-credit Pre-term Program prior to the start of the fall semester. This innovative program provides an academic foundation in the U.S. legal system as well as social, cultural, and professional opportunities. By September, you are prepared for your classes alongside JDs and to fully integrate into Penn Carey Law’s collegial community.

Select from a broad range of outstanding course offerings taught by world-class faculty who are celebrated scholars and devoted teachers. Gain real world U.S. legal experience by engaging in our LLM Public Service Program, clinics, bootcamps, practice-focused classes. Enhance your workplace skills and explore career opportunities with support from a dedicated LLM Career Counselor, who organizes programs designed specifically for LLM students, including resume and cover letter drafting, networking, and interview skills programs to help you connect with potential employers.

Whatever your interests are, there are student groups through which you can engage with your fellow LLM and JD students. Options range from athletic clubs to academic and professional organizations to student run journals. Past LLMs have joined the Journal of International Law, Journal of Constitutional Law, Asian Law Review, and Journal for Law and Social Change.

“My Fulbright Scholarship and my year at Penn gave me opportunities I could never have imagined when I set out to study in the US. Not only did I have the chance to pursue a broad and diverse array of subject areas, I learned from some of the best experts in their fields, benefiting hugely from their generosity and the enthusiasm with which they taught. Working in policy, I have used much of what I learned during my LLM to inform my understanding of the administrative state. As a writer, it was a Law and Fiction class at Penn that provided the spark for me to write my first full novel. In so many ways, attending Penn as a Fulbright scholar was transformative.” Rosemary Hennigan, Novelist and Policy Consultant with the Irish Refugee Council


  • Must be an Irish Citizen, or an E.U. citizen who has lived in the Republic of Ireland for 5+ years
  • Must be a prospective postgraduate student with a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in Law and a clear course of study
  • Leadership qualities and potential are essential, as well as a clear understanding of what it means to be a Fulbrighter
  • Must not be a dual U.S.-Irish citizen, green card holder, or currently living in the U.S.
  • Must not already have extensive experience of studying or living in the U.S


-> Closed for applications

NOTE: Apply through the Irish Student ALL Disciplines Award and advise them of your application to the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

You must also apply directly the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s LL.M. Program via LSAC. See details about the application requirements and process.


A $30,000 grant from the University of Pennsylvania for its LL.M. program. You must be able to complete the entire length of the LL.M. program (The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School's grant is contingent on accepting the Fulbright).

Monetary grant from the Fulbright Commission, plus accident and emergency insurance, cultural and professional programming, and J-1 visa administration from the Fulbright Program.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the remaining tuition and fees.


All successful applicants must comply with the two-year home rule, which means that awardees will not be eligible for U.S. residency or a visa until the two-year home rule in Ireland is complete.

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