LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

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.”

Mid-August to mid-May

March 15 – Fall Admission
October 15 – Spring Admission

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.

LL.M. Students Located Outside the U.S.:
International LL.M. students located outside the United States may enroll in online Temple Law classes either on a full- or part-time basis for the spring 2021 semester. Students studying online while overseas will not be issued a F-1 student visa during the spring semester.

LL.M. Students Located Within the U.S.:
International LL.M. students located inside the United States must await further information from Temple Law and DHS/SEVP on whether they need to take any in-person courses in the spring 2021 semester.

Bar Exam Eligibility. Foreign law school graduates who complete LL.M. degree studies remotely and online may not be eligible to sit for bar exams in some U.S. states. Students specifically seeking bar exam eligibility should consult with the pertinent state board of law examiners to determine if online U.S. LL.M. degree study will be acceptable for state bar exam eligibility.

Home Country degree recognition. For a US degree to be recognized in a student’s home country, some countries require students to physically take coursework abroad. Please consult with your home country authorities (such as the Ministry of Education) for more information.

Please contact the Office of Graduate & International Programs at intllaw@temple.edu if you have any questions.

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 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.

Map showing Temple's location relative to New York and Washinton DC
Philadelphia’s location relative to Washington DC and New York City

Our Curriculum

The LL.M. is a 24-credit program that can be completed in one year. We offer core courses designed for international students as well as a flexible elective curriculum that includes a multitude of courses. Our students take a combination of required and elective courses. We can assist you in choosing courses to satisfy program requirements or prepare for a U.S. bar exam.

We also offer select Study Tracks to help you focus on your interests. Although selecting a Study Track is not mandatory, we have preselected various groups of courses that our LL.M. students often choose that highlight our value and strengths. You can shape your academic experience in the LL.M. program by selecting one of our specializations.

Students attend either two or three semesters, depending on personal and professional goals.

Degree Track

Business and Commercial Law

Core Courses


Elective Courses

  • Business Immigration Law
  • Corporate Scandals and Crises
  • Doing Business on the Internet: The Law of E-Commerce
  • Introduction to Transactional Skills
  • Sales
  • Unincorporated Business Organizations: Agency, Partnerships & LLCs
  • Corporate Taxation

Compliance Law

Introduction to Compliance Law

  • International Compliance

International Law

International Law

  • International Law and Public Health
  • Treaties and Negotiations
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights

New York Bar

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Property
  • Constitutional Law or Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Torts
  • Professional Responsibility

Tax Track
(Students are awarded a Certificate in Taxation)

Federal Taxation: Course 600 is a prerequisite for all advanced tax law classes.

Nine credits of advanced tax law classes in addition to Federal Taxation Course 600.

These Study Tracks are provided for reference only and will depend on course availability in any given semester.

Our Faculty

Our faculty devotes uncommon attention supporting each student’s academic and professional growth, understanding that each student is unique. The result is a community of students, faculty, and alumni in which individuals and relationships are highly valued, forming a community of common purpose that will remain with you long after graduation. Over half of Temple Law’s faculty have taught at Temple’s Rome and Tokyo campuses, as well as in Beijing and other countries, demonstrating their global interests and commitment to the needs of international students.

Taking the Bar Exam

Most U.S. states require applicants to hold a J.D. degree to seek admission to the Bar. However, a few U.S. states have historically permitted graduates of an LL.M. program, who do not hold a J.D.degree, to sit for the bar examination if they meet other requirements related to both their prior degree and the types of credits earned during the LL.M. program. A separate Board of Law Examiners for each state establishes and periodically revises the requirements for admission. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction.

Transferring into the J.D. or S.J.D. Program

Admission to the J.D. program is not automatic with admission to the LL.M. program or from the award of the LL.M. degree. Main campus LL.M. graduates may only be considered for J.D. admission with transfer credit if they demonstrate an excellent LL.M. grade point average or present a competitive LSAT score.

LL.M. graduates who wish to apply to Temple’s S.J.D. program must satisfy that program’s independent admission requirements.

LL.M. Orientation

We are excited to have you join the Temple community! Our program begins with a two-week LL.M. Orientation in August (fall admission) or a one-week orientation in January (spring admission) where you will take an introductory course on the American legal system and participate in other lectures and workshops that will prepare you for law studies in the United States. During orientation, you will meet classmates, faculty, deans, and other members of the Temple family and learn about Temple’s opportunities and resources that will lay the foundation for a great experience while you are here.

In certain limited cases, students may begin our LL.M. program at the beginning of our spring semester in January. Please contact us for more information.

Alumni Information

Our LLM alumni are an important part of the Temple Law family. Please follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Follow these links if you need a transcript or diploma, and here’s a link for other alumni resources.

We invite our alumni to contact us if you need assistance with general career advice, general graduate or professional school advice, resume review, or practice interviews. Also, please let us know if you are willing to give a presentation or serve on a panel representing Temple Law in your home country.

And we want to stay in contact with you!

Message from the Program Director

Dear Temple Law School Alumni,

We hope you are well during these challenging times. We want to maintain contact with you and learn more about you. We also want to keep you informed about interesting developments at the law school. We miss you and think of you often!

Very soon, we will be in contact to ask that you complete this form with your current contact information. We hope that you will participate so we can send you the law school’s Temple Esq. publication and the Office of Graduate & International Law Program’s biannual e-newsletters.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to staying in contact with you.

Stay safe and be well,

Karen McMichael
Director of International Law Programs

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The Temple Family and Networking

Temple Law has a very strong sense of community. Our LL.M. students actively take part in many aspects of law school student life, including participating in student organizations, events, and other social activities, forming tight bonds with other LL.M. and J.D. students and experiencing university life fully.

The Office of Graduate and International Programs hosts several social events throughout the year, including happy hours, networking receptions at Temple and in partnership with other international organizations in Philadelphia, tea tasting lessons, and informal and formal meals. Temple Law’s International Law Society and other student groups also host events and offer peer resources for international students.

Temple Law has several partnerships around the world. Faculty and students from our partner schools form a key part of our law school community and alumni network.

Student Services

Our team offers 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 can also help you connect to alumni around the world. No matter how far you are from home, you will find a supportive community while you are here.

Home Countries of our Alumni

We are fortunate to have educated students from over 70 countries, including:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Dominican
  • Republic
  • Egypt
  • England
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of Georgia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia & Montenegro
  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • West Africa
  • Zambia

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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.