Tuition & Expenses
Temple Law was founded on the principle of making law school more accessible to individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Consistent with this mission, we strive to keep tuition as low as possible. As a function of our status as a public university, students find our tuition to be far more reasonable than at other law schools. National Jurist Magazine has ranked Temple Law #25 in its 2019 annual report on Best Value law schools.
Tuition for the LL.M. program is updated each year by the University Board of Trustees. Tuition payments are due as set forth by the Bursar’s Office. If a student is unable to make payment in full by the due date, they will be placed on the Deferred Payment Plan or Temple Installment Payment Plan (TIPP). This plan includes a small fee.
Possible Funding Resources & Scholarships
Many full-time students are eligible to receive partial tuition scholarships. In addition to funding from Temple, many students apply for outside or third party funding. A list of such options can be provided upon request.
Please note that only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal student loans. Typically, U.S. banks offering private student loans to foreign citizens require a U.S. co-signer. It may be beneficial for international students to explore financing options, including scholarships and loans, in their home countries. Please review Financial Aid for the LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers for a list of funding opportunities for which you may be able to apply.
A list of scholarships is available upon request.
Estimated Budget for the LL.M. Program – Full Academic Year 2020-21
|first semester expenses||cost||full academic year expenses||cost|
|Per semester tuition||$16,500||Academic year tuition||$33,000|
|University services fee||$445||University services fee||$890|
|International student fee*||$185||International student fee*||$370|
|Law school matriculation fee**||$173||Law school matriculation fee**||$173|
|Estimated living expenses for single student (no dependents)||$7,500||Estimated living expenses for single student (no dependents)||$15,000|
|Books and supplies||$1,000||Books and supplies||$2,000|
|Health Insurance (estimated)||$1,638||Health Insurance (estimated)||$3,065|
|Grand Total:||$27,441||Grand Total:||$54,498|
*Compulsory Temple F-1/J-1 student fee charged each semester of enrollment
**Compulsory fee charged only in a Temple Law student’s first semester
Costs listed are based on the 2019-2020 tuition and fees, as 2020-2021 rates will be set by the University Board of Trustees during their annual meeting in June 2020.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated budget and does not account for individual differences in housing accommodation, food selection, travel, transportation, or unforeseen expenses during your stay. If dependents are joining you, additional funds will be required to apply for your visa.
ALL student (F-1) visa holders are required to purchase the Temple University-approved health insurance. The amounts listed above for insurance are estimates.
Bar exam application fees and bar exam preparatory course tuition are NOT included in the above amounts. Private vendors, and not Temple Law, offer bar preparation courses. Barbri and Kaplan, for example, offer courses specifically for LL.M. graduates.
A limited amount of University-sponsored graduate student housing is available. The majority of Temple graduate students, however, live in private off-campus housing. Please visit the Temple University Housing Office website for further information. If you have any housing questions or are looking for a roommate, please let us know.
Students with Families
Students who expect to bring spouses and/or children to Philadelphia for the academic year should plan appropriately. The spouse or dependents of a student (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 F-1 student should consult Temple University’s Office of International Services with any questions.
Those students covered by Temple’s health insurance plans have the option of including qualifying family members in the coverage for an additional cost.
Cost of Living in Philadelphia Compared to Other Cities
There is a reason why many students and young professionals choose Philadelphia. It is a great balance of an urban metropolis that is surprisingly affordable. Below are the cost of living in other cities when compared to Philadelphia:
|City||Housing||Food & Groceries||Overall Index|
|Baltimore, MD||-25.5% less||-4.4% less||-12.8% less|
|Bloomington, IN||-29.6% less||-5.4% less||-13.7% less|
|Boston, MA||+293.1% more||+8.7% more||+60.5% more|
|Brooklyn, NY||+399.1% more||+14.9% more||+98.3% more|
|Chicago, IL||+91.3% more||-0.8% less||+33.5% more|
|Dallas, TX||+79.3% more||+1.1% more||+26.8% more|
|Davis, CA||+339.1% more||+8.2% more||+59.1% more|
|Irvine, CA||+464.0% more||+3.0% more||+84.9% more|
|Los Angeles, CA||+349.8% more||+1.6% more||+71.2% more|
|Milwaukee, WI||-19.8% less||-9.4% less||-16.1% less|
|New Orleans, LA||+16.4% more||-3.2% less||-4.8% less|
|New York, NY||+343.9% more||+13.8% more||+85.0% more|
|Queens, NY||+293.4% more||+13.5% more||+76.1% more|
|San Antonio, TX||+14.5% more||-10.8% less||-11.4% less|
|San Francisco, CA||+799.2% more||+13.8% more||+166.1% more|
|Seattle, WA||+366.1% more||+6.0% more||+70.3% more|
|St. Louis, MO||-24.6% less||-7.0% less||-19.7% less|
|Washington, DC||+263.2% more||+11.3% more||+50.3% more|