Strong rankings. Personal attention. Top value. Earn an LL.M. at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where you will take courses together with J.D. students, become part of a tight-knit community, and live in the affordable city of Philadelphia, strategically located between New York City and Washington D.C. We invite you to join the Temple family to advance your career.

We Welcome:

  • Recent law graduates
  • International attorneys
  • Legal academics, counsel, and government officials
  • Any student who has earned a first degree in law

The LL.M. degree for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is the equivalent of what other schools refer to as a “General” or “Traditional” LL.M. or an “LL.M. in American Law.”

Why Choose Temple Law for Your LL.M.?

Our LL.M. program is one of the longest running in the U.S., with alumni around the world. U.S. News and World Report ranks Temple Law as a top law school, particularly in trial advocacy, legal writing, healthcare law, tax law, and international law. Courses within our specialty rankings are popular with our international students.

Dates to Remember
Application Deadline Extended!

Prospective students must have earned their first degree in law (such as an LL.B.) outside of the United States. You can apply through LSAC or apply directly.

Our Team

We are excited to meet you and discuss how Temple Law could advance your personal and professional plans. We offer career guidance and academic support to help you achieve your goals, and our American J.D. students provide mentoring and friendship through study partnerships. We also connect you to alumni around the world. No matter how far you are from home, you will find a supportive community both on campus and after graduation.

Let us introduce ourselves by telling you how we can help you!

Please contact any one of us to learn more.

Karen McMichael

Director of International Law Programs

Temple Law graduate who will help you navigate course selections. Karen is affectionately referred to as the “Temple Law Mom” and cries every year at graduation, in true mom fashion.


Allison Lamson

Assistant Director for Global Legal Studies

Philadelphia mom of two kids and one cat, who enjoys beach volleyball and meeting new people from around the world! Ally is often the first person our students meet when getting to know Temple and is available to speak with you how and when it is most convenient for you.

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Farlistcity El-Baker

Office Manager, Graduate and International Programs

Philadelphia native who has been supporting International Students at Temple Law for over a decade. If anyone in the office has a question, Farlistcity is the one we ask. She can probably answer your questions too!


John Smagula

Assistant Dean, Graduate & International Programs

John is a certified tea specialist in the United States and China, and unofficially referred to in our office as “Duolingo” given his remarkable ability to speak and learn new languages. John directed Temple’s China program in Beijing for nearly 10 years before returning to Philadelphia. John’s hobbies include blogging in Chinese to his nearly 20,000 followers, hiking, and exploring his Ukrainian and Italian ancestry.

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Your New Favorite American City

Temple Law is located in Philadelphia, the sixth-largest city in the U.S., conveniently located between New York City and Washington, DC. The cost of living in Philadelphia is lower than that of other east coast cities, allowing students to live affordably in a large city while pursuing an excellent education and building a network.

Philadelphia is a UNESCO World Heritage City and was just named one of the top 25 cities to visit in the World for 2020 by National Geographic. Many young professionals flock from New York to Philadelphia. We believe that you, too, will fall in love with Philadelphia.

In addition, LL.M. students may also be able to study abroad at our Rome or Tokyo campuses as part of their degree.

Philadelphia’s location relative to Washington DC and New York City

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Our Graduate and International Programs team is eager to answer any questions you may have about the LL.M. for Foreign Trained Lawyers.