Frequently Asked Questions about the Temple LL.M. Programs 

General Questions

·        Which courses are offered at Temple law school?

·        Does Temple law school offer specializations within the LL.M program?

·        What is the difference between the LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers and the LL.M. in Transnational Law?

·        Can I take the bar exam to practice law once I complete the LL.M.?

·        If accepted to the LL.M. program, would I automatically be admitted to the J.D. or S.J.D. program?

·        If I am selected, may I defer for one or more years?

 

Application Process

·        What are the basic requirements for application?

·        What is the application deadline, and when can I begin submitting my application material?

·        When will the decisions be made? Are the decisions made on a rolling basis?

·        How do I apply for financial aid?

 

Visas and Student Life

·        What type of visa do I need, and how long will it take?

·        If I complete the LL.M., can I stay in the summer to work?

·        Can my spouse work while I'm a student?

·        Is there on-campus housing?

 

Exams

·        Must I take any exams such as the LSAT, GRE, or TOEFL?

·        What code numbers do I indicate so Temple law school may receive my TOEFL report?

 

Transcripts and Recommendations

·        My school does not provide transcripts, or only supplies one original. What should I provide?

·        My transcripts and/or recommendations are not in English. Must I have them translated?

·        Should the transcripts and recommendations be sent together with the application forms, or may I or my referees send them separately?

 

Calendar

·        When should I plan to arrive?

·        Can I start in the spring or summer?

·        When are classes in session?

·        Is the program available part-time? Nights? Summers? And does Temple offer the LL.M. through correspondence or long-distance learning?

 


 

General Questions

 

Which courses are offered at Temple law school?

Please view the current course listing at the law school's web site.

 

Does Temple law school offer specializations within the LL.M program?

The LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers in Philadelphia and LL.M. in Beijing are both programs in general studies. With the exception of some required coursework, most courses are elective, and students tailor their studies to their own interests. No specialization is indicated on the degree or transcript.

 

Students enrolled in the general LL.M. in Philadelphia may simultaneously earn a Certificate in Taxation if they complete at least 12 credits of taxation law course work as part of their LL.M. degree curriculum. This would include the basic three-credit Federal Taxation course (#600) plus nine additional credits of taxation coursework.

 

Temple also offers the LL.M. in Transnational Law, the LL.M. in Taxation and the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy.

 

What is the difference between the LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers and the LL.M. in Transnational Law?

The LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers is a program of general legal studies, with only one required course in Legal Research & Writing and a one-course writing requirement. Students may select all of the other classes in consultation with their academic advisor. Students may also take up to 18 of their credits at Temple campuses in Tokyo, Rome, or Tel Aviv with advanced approval from the Graduate and International Programs office.

 

The LL.M. in Transnational Law requires students to take all of their courses in international law. Students may take courses at any Temple campus, but must study outside their home country for at least a summer session. Students should note that the LL.M. in Transnational Law does not contain any U.S. law coursework, and as such will not alone qualify students to take a bar examination in the United States.

 

Can I take the bar exam to practice law once I complete the LL.M.?

Students enrolled in Temple Law LL.M. degree programs (except the LL.M. in Transnational Law and Trial Advocacy) may be eligible to take the bar exam in some state jurisdictions, but the LL.M. degree programs are not designed to serve as U.S. bar preparation courses. Please visit this link for more information on bar admission.

 

If accepted to the LL.M. program, would I automatically be admitted to the J.D. or S.J.D. program?
Admission to J.D. or
S.J.D. candidacy does not follow from admission to the LL.M. program or from the award of the LL.M. degree. Admission is highly selective and rests entirely on an independent judgment of your J.D. application or S.J.D. proposal and academic record. Credits earned in the LL.M. will not transfer to the J.D. or S.J.D. programs.

 

If I am selected, may I defer for one or more years?

In some cases, Temple may permit admitted students to defer admission for one year. If you are admitted but cannot accept our offer, you must submit a request to the Office of Graduate and International Programs for permission to defer. Deferrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


 

Application Process

 

What are the basic requirements for application?
Please view the admissions requirements.

 

What is the application deadline, and when can I begin submitting my application material?
Application material for the following academic year is available in August, both online and in hard-copy form. You may submit your application any time after September 1. The application deadline each year is March 15.

 

When will the decisions be made? Are the decisions made on a rolling basis?
Decisions are typically made on a rolling basis, starting in January and continuing until May.

 

How do I apply for financial aid?
Financial aid is not determined until after the March 15 application deadline. Partial tuition scholarships are available to a few applicants based on academic merit and financial need. Further information may be found at the financial aid web site.


 

Visas and Student Life

 

What type of visa do I need, and how long will it take?

LL.M. students in the United States generally have F-1 visas or J-1 student visas. The application process from acceptance to receipt of visa may be from 30 to 90 days. Admitted students should begin the student visa application process without delay to ensure that the student visa will be issued by the Temple LL.M. student report date. Please see the visa information section for more information.

 

If I complete the LL.M., can I stay in the summer to work?

U.S. immigration regulations currently permit F-1 visa students who have been continuously enrolled in Philadelphia for two semesters to apply for post-graduate optional practical training (OPT). The optional practical training permission allows F-1 students to remain in the U.S. for approximately one year to undertake law-related employment. Students with J-1 visa status are not eligible for the post-graduate optional practical training.

 

Can my spouse work while I'm a student?

The spouse or dependents of an F-1 visa student are usually required to enter the United States under F-2 visa status. F-2 spouses and dependents are not eligible for employment in the U.S. under current U.S. immigration regulations.

 

The spouse or dependents of a J-1 visa student are usually required to enter the United States under J-2 visa status. In some cases, a J-2 spouse or dependent may be eligible to work in the U.S. The J-1 student should consult the Temple University Office of International Services for advice regarding employment permission for a J-2 spouse under current U.S. immigration regulations.  

 

Is there on-campus housing?

A limited amount of housing for graduate students is available. The majority of Temple graduate students live in private off-campus housing. Please visit the housing link for more information.


 

Exams

 

Must I take any exams such as the LSAT, GRE, or TOEFL?
The LSAT and GRE are not required. The TOEFL or IELTS is required if English is not your primary language. The minimum TOEFL score requirement is 570 on the paper-based exam, and 230 on the computer-based. Generally, an IELTS minimum band score of 6.5 is necessary for admission, with no score below 6.0.

 

To access the IELTS website, please click here.

 

What code numbers do I indicate so Temple law school may receive my TOEFL report?
Temple's Institution Code is 2906. The Law School Department Code is 03. If using the LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service, please visit LSAC's website.


 

Transcripts and Recommendations

 

My school does not provide transcripts, or only supplies one original. What should I provide?
For schools that do not provide official transcripts, you should do one of the following:

·        Submit a photocopy to the academic officer of the university that granted your degree with a request that the academic officer affix a new stamp or seal on the photocopy to certify that copy complies with the records on file at the University. The student should also ask the university academic officer to place the newly certified copy in a sealed envelope. The student must then arrange to send that certified copy to Temple without opening the envelope. An acceptable 'official transcript' is one that has not been  handled by the student after it was sealed or stamped by the university academic officer.

·        Submit a Student Reported Record of Study (from Germany). Students submitting this record must have a notary or university official certify that the student-prepared record accurately reflects the coursework the student has completed. State Examination scores should be submitted in addition to the Record of Study documentation.

·        Alternatively, you can register with one of the credential assembly services, such as LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (www.llm.lsac.org), or World Education Services (www.wes.org). These services verify non-U.S. or Canadian academic credentials that are needed in addition to a completed admissions application form.

 

My transcripts and/or recommendations are not in English. Must I have them translated?
Yes. All documents submitted must be in English. Translations must be made and certified by an official translator. You should submit both the original and the translated versions.

 

Should the transcripts and recommendations be sent together with the application forms, or may I or my recommenders send them separately?
Either way is acceptable. We will hold your materials until all items are received. Once your application, transcript, TOEFL score report, and recommendations arrive, your complete file will be forwarded to the admissions committee.


 

Calendar

 

When should I plan to arrive?
In order to arrange housing, you should plan to arrive by the first week of August. All entering LL.M.
students are expected to enroll in the Orientation to U.S. Legal Study Course for newly admitted LL.M. students. This course offers useful information and helps new LL.M. students make the transition to U.S. law school classes.

 

Can I start in the spring or summer?

Only students in the LL.M. in Transnational Law or Taxation Law degree programs may start in the spring or summer. All other international students must start in the fall semester.

 

When are classes in session?
Generally, the last week of August until mid-May. Please consult the academic calendar.

 

Is the program available part-time? Nights? Summers? And does Temple offer the LL.M. through correspondence or long-distance learning?
To comply with U.S. immigration regulations that require full-time enrollment status, F-1 and J-1 visa students must take at least nine credits per semester. The majority of LL.M. students take approximately 12 credits per semester to complete the degree within two semesters. Students who are permanent U.S. residents (Green Card) or U.S. citizens may request permission to complete the degree on a part-time basis. Most law courses are offered during the day, and a limited number of courses are available at night and during the summer. LL.M. students enrolled on a full-time basis typically take a combination of day and evening classes. There is no correspondence or distance-learning program.