The Master of Laws is a specialist degree and is designed to prepare lawyers to practice law in the international arena. The Master of Laws Program is not intended to serve as a bar examination preparation course.
Each of the 50 states in the United States has a Board of Law Examiners which sets the requirements for bar admission in that state. Students should contact the appropriate state’s Board of Law Examiners directly to obtain specific bar admission information. For more information about state bar exams, please refer to the web site of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Many Temple main-campus LL.M. graduates have taken the New York bar examination. Foreign-trained lawyers are not required to study at law schools in the State of New York to qualify for the New York bar exam. Eligibility in New York is based on an individual applicant’s foreign law school study and enrollment within the United States at an ABA-approved U.S. law school, such as Temple Law. For more information on the New York bar exam, visit the New York State Board of Bar Examiners website.
In order to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar, students must earn 24 credits within the United States. Since February 2011, the New York Board of Law Examiners has disqualified students from sitting for the NY Bar exam if they did not earn the required number credits within the United States.
Temple graduates from the Philadelphia, Tokyo, and Beijing LL.M. programs have been eligible the California bar exam. For more information on the California bar exam, visit the State Bar of California website.
Temple Law makes no representation about whether LL.M. students qualify to take bar examinations. Eligibility for past bar exams is no guarantee for future ability to take the exam because individual state bar eligibility requirements are periodically revised. Students interested in taking a bar exam are advised to consult with the relevant bar organizations or authorities to determine their requirements.