LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers


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Program Description


Strong rankings. Personal attention. Top value. Earn an LL.M. at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where you will take courses together with JD students, become part of a tight-knit community established in 1974, and live in the affordable city of Philadelphia, strategically located between New York and Washington DC. We invite you to join the Temple family to advance your career.


The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at Temple Law has long been educating international lawyers with great success. Today, over 600 LL.M. graduates use their Temple legal education to practice and teach throughout the world.

The LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers serves international:

  • Attorneys
  • Recent law graduates
  • Government officials
  • Corporate legal counsel
  • Other legal professionals

Students will earn a degree in American law, learn about the U.S. legal system, and become leaders in the global market. Students may attend two or three semesters, depending on the student’s personal and professional goals.

Why Choose the LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers at Temple Law?

Temple Law is ranked as a top 50 U.S. law school by U.S. News and World Report. It is also consistently top ranked for International Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Trial Advocacy, among other specialties. Temple Law’s distinguished professors are accomplished, supportive, and dedicated to preparing students for outstanding careers.

Temple has two international campuses, located in Tokyo and Rome, at which LL.M. students may be able to study. Over half of the faculty has taught at Temple's campuses abroad, demonstrating their global interests and sensitivity to the needs of international students.

Excellent Location

Temple Law is located in Philadelphia, the sixth-largest city in the United States, conveniently located between New York City and Washington, DC. The cost of living in Philadelphia is lower than that of other east coast cities. Students are able to save money on living expenses while pursuing their legal studies and networking in a large city. Philadelphia is the first UNESCO World Heritage City in the U.S. and was just named one of the top cities to visit in the U.S. for 2020 by National Geographic.

Customized Curriculum

You will have the freedom to design a program of study tailored to your interests. Students take two required courses, Introduction to American Law and Legal Research & Writing, and then may select from over 180 courses in U.S. and international law offered each year to satisfy advanced writing and elective requirements.

JD Program Transfer Opportunity

Interested LL.M. students may transfer to the Juris Doctor (JD) program upon meeting certain criteria. For more information, please fill out the form below.

Admissions Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate they have:

  1. Prior Legal Education: To qualify for admission to the LL.M. program, you must have earned a first degree in law (such as an LL.B.) outside of the United States.
  2. English Proficiency: Demonstrate English proficiency by earning:
  • 88 on the TOEFL (report code number 2906-03);
  • 6.5 on the IELTS (with no individual band score below 6.0); or
  • Submit a waiver request if your native language is English or you have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction.

The deadline to apply for the Fall semester is April 15. Extensions may be granted upon request.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who are otherwise academically qualified, but fall slightly below the desired scores, may be required to attend a summer English-language training program in the United States as a condition of admission. To qualify for conditional admission, in general students must have earned a TOEFL score of 80 or an IELTS combined score of 6.0 (with no individual band score lower than 5.0).

Students may take these courses at Temple’s Center for American Language and Culture (formerly known as the Intensive English Language Program). For more information, please fill out the form below.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Temple University Beasley School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service. The faculty is dedicated to preparing students to enter and continue in the legal pr ... Read More

Temple University Beasley School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service. The faculty is dedicated to preparing students to enter and continue in the legal profession with the highest level of skill possible, with a firm commitment to principles of professional responsibility, and with a sense of personal obligation to lead and to serve the communities in which they live and practice. Read less
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