Established in 1973, Temple’s LL.M.
program has become a leader in providing legal education to international
lawyers. This general LL.M. degree program is grounded in principles of U.S.
and international law, and students are challenged by enrolling in both
introductory and advanced law classes with American J.D. (Juris Doctor)
It is possible to complete the LL.M. degree over two semesters from August to May. LL.M. students must complete at least 24 credit hours of law course work to earn their degree. We enroll approximately 45 to 50 students in this program each year. This allows the Law School Graduate and International Programs Office to provide individualized academic advising to every international student. A wide array of classes is taught at Temple Law School each year, and our flexible curriculum allows each student to design a course of study to fulfill his or her specific interests.
Below is an overview of the curriculum for this LL.M. program:
*Legal Research & Writing (3 credit hours)
*Introduction to the American Legal System (3 credit hours)
Elective law classes based on student’s interest (6-9 credit hours)
Advanced Legal Writing course (3 credit hours)
Elective law classes based on student’s interest (9-12 credit hours)
*Compulsory subjects required of all international LL.M. students. LL.M. students are also required to enroll in at least one of the following basic U.S. law subjects during their degree program: Contracts Law; Tort Law; Criminal Law I; Real Property Law; Constitutional Law; or Civil Procedure I.
Some LL.M. students wish to focus on a particular area of law and will enroll in multiple elective classes in specific subject area. Some students may wish to take a state bar exam in the U.S. and will enroll in classes to fulfill that goal. This general LL.M. degree program offers the flexibility for students to accomplish diverse goals.
Each year, a number of international law students who meet the enrollment criteria, will take in an elective for-credit Temple Law clinical class to gain practical lawyering skills in real-life legal settings under the supervision of practicing lawyers. Recently, qualified international students enrolled in clinical courses focusing on landlord-tenant court mediation, Red Cross emergency legal services, Family Law mediation and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Charging Unit. Also, every year, several international LL.M. students will also take in our fall semester Federal Rules of Evidence class in preparation for enrollment in our spring semester Introduction to Trial Advocacy course. The Introduction to Trial Advocacy course is a performance-based class that teaches students to litigations skills using weekly hypothetical trial simulations.