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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I be able to maintain my practice while pursuing the LL.M.?

A: Yes. The program requires two weeks of all day sessions at the end of May and beginning of June. All other classes are evenings and weekends. The program recesses for one month in the summer and during the month of December. Virtually all of our graduates were active practitioners during their studies.

Q: My practice is specialized. What benefit would I get from the program?

A: The emphasis is on developing trial lawyers, rather than on any particular area of substantive law. Our students include commercial and personal injury litigators (defense and plaintiff), employment and environmental practitioners (from government and the private sector), prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, and intellectual property and family law specialists. Our faculty comes from a similarly diversified background. They understand questions and problems specific to a particular field of litigation. The courses, and all of the exercises in them, apply to virtually any type of practice.

Q: I have been in the litigation section of my firm for several years but lack trial experience. Will I be behind my classmates?

A: Each class has a variety of backgrounds, and each person a different set of strengths and weaknesses. Small sections and one-on-one sessions with the faculty insure individual development. A benefit of the program is that substantial litigation experience is acquired before your represent you own client in an actual trial.

Q: When can I expect to know if I have been accepted?

A: Applications are reviewed and decisions made throughout the year. The Admissions Committee begins consideration of candidates for early admission in August.

Q: My practice is primarily criminal. What does this course offer me?

A: A number of our students are veteran prosecutors or defense attorneys. They improve their persuasion skills, knowledge of evidence and presentation techniques. Most have taken the course to diversify their practice of make a career change.

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.