J.D./LL.M. in Transnational Law - Read More...

The LL.M. in Transnational Law can be viewed as the jewel in the crown of Temple's already impressive array of international programs. Temple students have been studying in Rome for over 20 years. Over ten years ago Temple became the only US law school to offer a full semester of study in Asia at our Tokyo campus. In 1999, Temple expanded into China in a groundbreaking program to train Chinese lawyers, judges, and professors.

The LL.M. in Transnational Law combines the strengths of Temple's foreign programs with the substantial international and comparative course offerings in Philadelphia. Temple is the only law school in Pennsylvania and one of the few in the United States to offer an LL.M. in Transnational Law.

The J.D./LL.M. Program is very popular with students who want to gain additional expertise in a specialized area of the law for a relatively small investment of time and money.

Current J.D. students may qualify for entry into the LL.M. program before graduation. Temple J.D. students may earn up to half of the credits toward the LL.M. while still a J.D. student. The remaining credits required for the LL.M. degree can then be completed in one additional full-time semester or several part-time semesters in Philadelphia, Tokyo, or at the summer program in Rome, after the student completes the J.D. requirements.

Current Temple J.D. students who enter the J.D/LL.M. program directly after earning a J.D. will automatically have up to six credits of international and/or comparative law courses earned in a Temple program applied toward the LL.M. in Transnational Law. The required course in international law cannot be applied toward the LL.M. but must be completed during the J.D. or LL.M. program. For each additional credit he or she has earned beyond the minimum number of credits required to earn the J.D. degree, a Temple J.D./LL.M. student can apply one more credit of international and comparative law course work toward the LL.M. in Transnational Law, up to a maximum of 12 credits.

The following examples illustrate the above rules. A Temple J.D. student who graduates with 87 credits and has taken six credits of international law courses (excluding International Law), can enter the LL.M. program with six credits. A student who graduates with 93 credits toward the J.D., six more than the minimum, will have earned twelve credits toward the LL.M. assuming the student has taken 12 credits of international law courses during the J.D. program. However, a student who takes 12 credits of international law courses, but graduates from the J.D. program with the minimum number of credits to earn the J.D. degree, may apply only six of those credits toward the LL.M.

Students from other law schools who attend one or more of Temple's international programs are eligible for the J.D./LL.M. program and may have up to six credits of approved international and comparative law courses earned in Temple's international programs applied toward the LL.M.

JD/LLM candidates who earn their J.D. at Temple can satisfy the writing requirement by doing either the serial or research paper required to earn their J.D. degree in an appropriate international or comparative law topic.