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LLM Trial Advocacy

Tuition and Financing

Tuition for the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy is a flat rate set on an annual basis by the Trustees of Temple University. It is not affected by residency or student status. Tuition for the current academic year is located in the back pocket. Accepted candidates are required to pay $2,500 prior to the start of the program. This amount is broken into two payments. The initial nonrefundable seat deposit of $1,000 is due within 30 days of the letter of admission. The second deposit of $1,500 is due within 90 days of the letter of admission. Both payments will be credited towards the first half of the student's tuition. Payment arrangements can be made for those requiring assistance. Financial aid is available for students, however, such aid may not be used to make the initial deposits. The payment structure for the remaining tuition is set according to law school billing and financial aid guidelines. Tuition is billed in two installments. In each installment, students will be billed for 50% of the total tuition and program fees. All initial payments made by a candidate upon admission are credited towards the first installment. The University offers two payment plans to students. One plan allows students to spread the costs of the program over the course of the year; the other allows students to pay one-quarter of the bill each month for a period of four months.

Loans

Candidates for the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy may be eligible for financial assistance in the way of educational loans to help defray the costs of the program. The Federal Stafford Loan Program currently provides for up to $18,500. Depending on the student's individual financial situation, up to $8,500 will be subsidized by the federal government; any remaining eligibility will be in the form of an unsubsidized loan. The federal government will pay the interest on subsidized loans until six months after the borrower has terminated his/her studies. Students may also supplement their Stafford borrowing through private loans or Veterans Administration benefits if eligible. The Law School Financial Aid Office can answer specific questions regarding loan assistance and provide the necessary forms. Students may contact the Financial Aid Office at 215-204-8943.

Deferments

Students enrolled in the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy are considered full-time students even though they attend class part-time. This status makes students eligible for educational deferments on prior student loans while enrolled in the program. Students will need to obtain the appropriate forms from their lender and submit them to the LL.M. Office once enrolled in the program.

Employer Assistance

The LL.M. in Trial Advocacy qualifies in Pennsylvania as Continuing Legal Education CLE. It has also been accepted by other states to meet their requirements. Candidates should check with their employers and/or tax advisors to see what benefits or funds are provided for professional education. Some employers have extended loans or grants to candidates, especially where repayment or forgiveness is structured around continued employment. The Director is available to speak with any employer about the merits of the degree.

Contact Us: LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, 1719 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19122, 215-204-5314 voice, 215-204-5994 fax, llmtrial@temple.edu.