The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program for foreign-trained lawyers is designed for international attorneys, government officials, corporate legal counsel, and recent law graduates who are interested in receiving a degree in American law, learning about the U.S. legal system, and becoming leaders in the global market.
Step 1: Apply Online
Step 2: Submit Required Documents
After beginning your application, you will be asked to submit the following materials:
All applicants must take an English assessment exam and arrange to have the testing agency send an official score report directly to Temple Law.
For applicants who take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of at least 570 (paper-based exam), 230 (computer-based exam), or 88 (internet-based exam) points is required for admission consideration. Temple Law’s TOEFL report code number is 2906-03.
For students who take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a minimum band score of 6.5 is necessary for admission, with no score below 6.0.
Applicants who are otherwise academically qualified, but fall slightly below the desired scores, may be required to attend an 8-10 week summer English language training in the United States as a condition to enter the law school. Students may take these courses at Temple’s Intensive English Language Program.
Waiver Requests: Waiver requests will only be considered if your native language is English or if you possess an undergraduate law degree from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction. You must ensure that the academic transcripts you submit verify that your degree was obtained from an English-speaking institution. TOEFL waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.
Official transcripts (final grade reports or mark sheets) and certificates of law degree completion must be submitted to Temple Law. A certified English language translation must also accompany transcripts that are not issued in English. An acceptable official transcript is one that has been submitted directly to Temple Law from the issuing overseas university under seal in an envelope sealed by your university. Transcripts that have been opened and handled by the applicant are not considered acceptable. Applicants may also submit overseas transcripts through an academics credential evaluation service, such as World Evaluation Service (WES) or Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
A carefully worded personal statement must be provided. This statement should include any additional information you think might be helpful to the Admissions Committee concerning your personal history, professional interests, and abilities. The committee wants to know you as a person and as a professional.
Applicants may submit their resume or CV online or as a hard-copy document.
Students must submit at least two recommendation letters from either law professors or legal employers well acquainted with your academic abilities or professional skills. Applicants have the option to submit a third recommendation letter, but are not required to do so. Recommendation forms are available during the online application process and may be submitted online or by supplying a hard copy form.
Payment of the US $50 application fee may be remitted directly to Temple Law by check or money order payable to “Temple University.”
Only currently enrolled Temple University students may pay the application fee by credit card.
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- Frequently Asked Questions About Graduate and International Program Admissions
- Financial Aid for LL.M., Graduate, and International Programs
A Note about Bar Examinations in the United States:
The Master of Laws is a specialist degree and is designed to prepare lawyers to practice law in the international arena. The Master of Laws Program is not intended to serve as a bar examination preparation course. Students interested in taking a bar exam are advised to consult with the relevant bar organizations or authorities to determine their requirements.