WBLC Application & General Program Info


New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will be held in Vance Hall Classroom B11 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm on Thursday, August 4. A reception will follow from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.

Application Information & Program Payment

For WBLC Candidates

Students accepted to the Penn LLM program who are interested in enrolling in the Wharton Business and Law Certificate must submit an electronic application. The link to this application will be provided by Penn Law after the student has been accepted to the Penn Law LLM program.

Application Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2016

Acceptance Notification: Decision letters that confirm acceptance to the program will be sent electronically approximately one to two weeks after the application has been received. You will be invoiced for the program at this time. The total program fee, $13,500, is to be paid in full by July 11, 2016. For those who need to split the payment in half by semester, the first payment of $6,750 is due by July 11 and the second payment is due by October 9, 2016. If you would like the split tuition payment option, please contact Client Relations with your email address. No financial aid is available.

Please add the e-mail address execed@wharton.upenn.edu to your e-mail account so that this notification does not get routed to a spam folder.

Only those students who have committed to the Penn Law LLM program may apply to the Wharton Business and Law Certificate program.

For Non-WBLC participants

Penn Law LLM candidates who are not enrolled in the WBLC may enroll in the summer session which begins August 4, 2016. The program fee for the summer session is $2,500 for participants not fully enrolled in the WBLC program. This fee must be paid in full by July 15, 2016. To enroll in the summer session, please contact Penn Law for the application link.

Penn Law LLM candidates who complete the summer session and then decide to enroll in the WBLC, must e-mail Client Relations no later than September 1, 2016. Please note that the balance of the tuition ($11,000) must be paid in full prior to the first day of classes in September.

You may not enroll in the WBLC if you do not complete the summer session.

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Tuition

Tuition: $13,500 for the full certificate program. This fee includes the cost of textbooks, lecture notes, and other learning materials.

The total program fee, $13,500, is to be paid in full by July 15, 2016. For those who need to split the payment in half by semester, the first payment of $6,750 is due by July 15 and the second payment is due by October 7, 2016. If you would like the split-tuition payment option, please contact Client Relations. Financial aid is not available.

Students who choose to enroll in only the summer session, please note that you may not enroll in the full WBLC program after September 1, 2016.

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Who is Eligible*

Corporate lawyers, in-house counsel, judges, bankers, and other internationally-trained legal professionals, enrolled in Penn Law's LLM program are eligible.

*Please note that completing the WBLC will not grant a Wharton degree or Wharton alumni status to participants.

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Program Sequence

Participants must complete the summer session before enrolling in the fall and spring courses. Only participants who successfully complete the summer session and are enrolled in the WBLC program by the noted deadline will be eligible for the WBLC.

No changes in course selections will be accepted after the second class session has been held.

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Certificate Requirements

To receive the WBLC certificate, candidates must satisfactorily complete the summer session plus three WBLC courses.

The WBLC courses do not earn academic credit. Upon completion of a course, participants may receive a letter grade or a Pass/Fail (P/F). This is at the discretion of the course instructor and will be explained in the course syllabus provided on the first day of class.

Courses taken for the WBLC will not appear on a permanent record or on the Penn Law transcript.

Participants who successfully complete the WBLC program will receive a Wharton Business and Law Certificate and documentation issued by Wharton's Aresty Institute of Executive Education that lists courses taken and grades conferred.

For a given Wharton course to count toward the certificate, a student must achieve a "Pass (P)" or a grade of "C" or better.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate from Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. Additionally, a notation will be made on students’ transcripts under the Comments section: “Wharton Business and Law Certificate.”

  • Students are free to note the certificate on their résumés by this name.
  • Students will NOT be considered, by enrolling in or completing this certificate program, Wharton graduate students or Wharton alumni and should take great care not to make any implication that they are so in representing themselves to employers and the public.

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Waiving or Replacing Courses

No courses offered outside of the WBLC program will be counted toward the certificate.

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Withdrawal Policies and Tuition Refund

Tuition will be invoiced with the official acceptance letter. For those who need to split the payment in half by semester, the first payment of $6,750 is due by July 11 and the second payment is due by October 9, 2016.  If you would like the split tuition payment option, please indicate this in the “additional comments” section of the application.

Only those students who have been accepted to the Penn Law LLM program may apply to the Wharton Business and Law Certificate.

The courses offered during the summer session are mandatory. In the fall and spring semesters, no changes in course selections will be accepted after the second class session.

The specific dates that apply to withdrawal/refund policies are included in the WBLC Program Calendar, which is posted on the WBLC intranet. Deadlines posted in this calendar supersede any deadlines posted elsewhere by other schools or departments at the University of Pennsylvania.

As each participant is charged full tuition and fees for the Wharton Business and Law Certificate prior to the start of the summer session, should a participant wish to withdraw from the WBLC, the following tuition fee schedule will apply:

  • Withdrawal prior to August 9: 100% of the paid annual tuition will be refunded.
  • Withdrawal after August 9 but before the fall semester begins: Full tuition will be refunded, less $2,000.
  • Withdrawal after the fall semester begins: 50% of annual tuition, but no less than $6,750.
  • Withdrawal after the spring semester begins: No refund.

Participants who withdraw due to illness must include with their withdrawal request a physician's letter that clearly states the student has been disabled by an injury or illness that arose after the beginning of classes and is unable to continue class work.

Participants who withdraw due to military service must include a copy of military orders or a signed affidavit from the military member's commanding officer that confirms the military orders and the dates of the assignment.

Participants also will need to notify Penn Law of their actions by e-mailing gradadmissions@law.upenn.edu or calling +1.215.898.0407

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Additional Questions/General Program Support

For matters related to WBLC course selection, tuition payments, or other administrative issues, please contact Wharton Executive Education's Client Relations department:

+1.215.898.1776 (phone)

(e-mail)

For matters related to Penn Law classes, general program enrollment, or other academic issues, please contact Penn Law:

Matt Parker
Assistant Dean, Graduate and International Programs

+1.215.898.0407 (phone)

(e-mail)

*Please note that completing the WBLC will not grant a Wharton degree or Wharton alumni status to participants.

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