The only program of its kind in the country, Temple Law School’s performance-based LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program integrates the development of theory and theme, persuasive storytelling, extemporaneous speech, and effective use of technology in the courtroom.

This one-year, 24-credit degree program is designed for the practicing attorney and is scheduled primarily in the evenings and on weekends. A distance learning option allow students from across the country to attend live evening lectures and demonstrations online and interact with faculty, guest lecturers, and fellow students from home. All students attend two “power performance” weekends a semester at our Philadelphia campus. Students graduate with a LL.M. degree in Trial Advocacy, and earn 24 substantive and two ethics CLE credits.

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Admissions Information

Candidates for admission to the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy hold a J.D. or the equivalent from an ABA accredited law school and are admitted to practice. Admission is selective and class size is limited.

The rolling admissions application deadline is April 30, 2016, for a July 16 start date.

Application Procedure

Step 1: Apply Online

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Step 2: Submit Required Documents

Applicants may submit their resume or CV online or as a hard-copy document.

Your law school should send a sealed transcript to our office. Sealed transcripts sent by the student with an application are also accepted. Opened transcripts or student copies will not be accepted.

Students must submit a recommendation letter from either a law professor or legal employer well acquainted with your academic abilities or professional skills. Applicants have the option to submit a second 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 $50 fee should accompany your application. If you choose not to pay online during the online application procedure, a check or money order should be made payable to “Temple University.”. Your application will not be reviewed until receipt of the application fee. This fee is non-refundable and not applicable to tuition.

Step 3: Admissions Interview

A personal interview with the Director is an integral part of the admissions process. Applicants who live a considerable distance from campus may request a telephone interview.


Tuition for the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program is set in the spring of each year by Temple University Trustees. Candidates for the upcoming year are asked to secure their place in class through a non-refundable seat deposit of $200 due within 30 days of the official acceptance. All seat deposits are credited against the fall tuition.

Public Interest Scholarship

A number of partial scholarships to the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program are awarded each year to attorneys practicing in public interest settings. Awards are applied in equal amounts in the fall and spring semester. Scholarship awards are dependent on class size and the number of applicants and finalized in late spring. Public Interest Scholarship applications are submitted directly to the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy office.

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