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LL.M. Trial Advocacy Overview

Overview of the Program

Temple Law School's nationally recognized commitment to excellence in advocacy education culminates with the advanced degree program The LL.M. in Trial Advocacy. The practicing attorney participates in a one-year, intensive development of the skills and knowledge required in today's complicated, high stakes litigation.

Nationally known trial lawyers, law professors and communications experts personally guide each student through the intricacies of complex civil litigation. Students have the opportunity to observe, hear, and then practice the winning trial techniques of some of the top litigators in the area and benefit from their advice and insight as they develop and hone their own litigation styles and skills.

Separate courses are devoted to speech-making, motions practice, depositions, expert witnesses, advanced evidence, jury selection and litigation strategy. The curriculum provides individual instruction and critiques of "on your feet" presentations. All lectures and performances are videotaped for student review. Students try five complete jury trials in such diverse areas as employment discrimination, commercial fraud, medical malpractice and products liability.

Classes begin at the end of April with two weekend sessions, followed by an intensive, ten day program which is conducted during the last week of May and the first week of June. Classes are then held two nights a week during June and July. After a break during August, classes resume one night a week and one weekend a month for the balance of the program. In addition to the August break, no classes are held from the first week of December until the first week of January. The schedule allows students to complete degree requirements in one year without sacrificing their practices.

The LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program seeks a diverse body of students possessing the qualities of intelligence, excellence and responsibility. Students interested in meeting career challenges, developing a competitive edge, and distinguishing themselves as trial lawyers are given special consideration.

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.