Application Procedure

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Application Deadline: March 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring semester admission (extensions for each semester available upon request).

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.

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After beginning your online application, please submit the following documents:

  1. Proof of English proficiency
  2. Official law school transcript or proof of passage of home country lawyer license examination
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Personal statement
  5. Resume
  6. $50 application fee (may be waived upon request)

All documents submitted must be in English. Translations must be certified by a credentialed evaluation service. You should submit both the original and the translated versions.

An interview is not required. However, we welcome prospective applicants to visit us or schedule an informal video chat so that we can answer your questions about the program.

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English proficiency is one of the most important predictors of your success in our program. For this reason, and to ensure students have the requisite language skills to succeed at Temple Law, we require proof of English proficiency from every applicant who is not a native English speaker

English Proficiency Exam Minimum Accepted Score
TOEFL 88
IELTS 6.5 with no individual score below 6.0
Duolingo English Test (DET) 115

If you do not meet these scores, you may be eligible for conditional admission if you attend an intensive English training course. Please learn more about our conditional admission program below.

Requests to waive the English proficiency requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee. Waiver requests will be considered if (i) your native language is English, (ii) if you have lived and worked in the U.S. for more than two years, or (iii) if you possess a university degree from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction.

Your academic transcripts must verify that your degree was obtained from an English-speaking institution. If not, we may request you provide supplemental documentation from your law school to confirm that the coursework was taught in English.

If you take the TOEFL and submit your application through ETS, Temple’s Institution Code is 2906. The law school’s Department Code is 03.

Please ask your law school to send an official transcript directly to Temple Law. For schools that do not provide official transcripts, you should do one of the following:

  • Credential Evaluation Service. You can register with one of the credential assembly services, such as LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service or World Education Services. These services verify non-U.S. or Canadian academic credentials.
  • Certified Copy. Ask the academic officer at your law school to affix a new stamp or seal on a photocopy of your transcript to certify that the copy complies with the records on file at the university. The university academic officer should place that newly certified copy into a sealed envelope and send that certified copy to Temple without opening the envelope. An acceptable “official transcript” is one that has not been handled by the student afterit was sealed or stamped by the university academic officer.
  • Student Reported Record of Study (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.

For applicants who do not have a first degree in law but have passed the lawyer license exam in their home country, please provide your university transcript (for the non-law degree) according to one of the rules above and also a certified copy of your lawyer license exam passage certificate.

Students must submit at least two recommendation letters from either law professors or legal employers or colleagues well acquainted with your academic abilities or professional skills. Applicants have the option to submit a third recommendation letter, but are not required to do so.

Recommendation forms are available during the online application process and may be submitted online or by hard copy. Recommendation writers are not required to use our recommendation form and may instead submit their recommendation letters on their own letterhead. If provided in an electronic copy, recommenders should email their letters of recommendation to intllaw@temple.edu.

A carefully worded 1-2 page personal statement must be provided. This statement should include any additional information you think might be helpful to the Admissions Committee concerning your personal history, professional interests, and abilities. The committee wants to know you as a person and as a professional.

In your resume, please present your work and internship experience, honors and awards, and other background and accomplishments that will help us to get to know you better.

Payment of the U.S. $50 application fee may be sent directly to Temple Law by check or money order payable to “Temple University” or paid online using a credit card on the online application system.

Conditional Admission Program

Applicants who are academically qualified, but fall slightly below the desired language scores, may be required to complete a four-week or seven-week intensive English-language course at Temple as a condition of admission. To qualify for conditional admission, in general, students must have earned a TOEFL score of 80, an IELTS combined score of 6.0 (with no individual band score lower than 5.0), or a Duolingo English Test Score of at least 105.

Conditionally admitted students will take these courses at Temple’s Center for American Language and Culture (formerly known as the Intensive English Language Program). For more information, please contact ally.lamson@temple.edu.

APRIL 2019: Dreaming Big with Bella
This month we’re getting to know the lovely Bella Oktay, a lawyer from Turkey whose lessons at the IELP helped her prepare for the next stage of her career in the U.S.

NAME: Bella Oktay
HOMETOWN: Istanbul, Turkey
PROGRAM: IELP, two sessions

IELP: Hi, Bella! How did you decide to come to the U.S. to study English and what was it like when you first came here?

Deferring Admission

Upon request, Temple Law will permit admitted students to defer admission for one year. If you are admitted but cannot accept our offer at the time, please 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.

Visas

Admitted international students receive advice from Temple University’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services about applying for visas.LL.M. students in the United States generally have F-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 their visas will be issued by the student report date. The study of law is a rigorous undertaking which demands a student’s full attention. Although F-1 visa holders may technically be permitted to find on-campus employment, LL.M. students are discouraged from searching for work. As J.D. students are not permitted to work during their first year of law school, one-year international LL.M. students should also focus on their studies.

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 or an internship

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