LL.M. in Trial Advocacy

At the forefront of teaching trial advocacy, Temple University Beasley School of Law has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top three trial advocacy programs in the country for more than twenty years.

The LL.M. in Trial Advocacy curriculum integrates the development of theory and theme, persuasive storytelling, extemporaneous speech and effective use of technology in the courtroom. The program is performance-based, featuring a “learn by doing” approach.

Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19

Advocacy has always been a performance-based art, at its most powerful live and in-person. But the arrival of COVID-19 has required even the most persuasive advocate to master new media and tools. Attorneys are now grappling with the practical and ethical considerations of remote lawyering and virtual client counseling. Panels en banc now appear as a gallery view on Zoom. And the ubiquitous conference room table, where discovery was brought to bear, has been replaced by a small screen and a GoToMeeting invite. Litigators must now navigate these remarkable changes.

Temple’s LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, the first program of its kind in the nation, is once again leading the way, teaching lawyers how to become master advocates in the time of COVID-19. In addition to the core curriculum noted above, students will become skilled in remote advocacy, including integration of TrialPad and other courtroom technology to virtual meeting platforms, proper authentication and publication of exhibits online, and the “nuts and bolts” of case prep in a world of remote advocacy.

Curriculum and Schedule

Designed for the practicing attorney, the program is a one-year, 24-credit degree program. Classes are scheduled on most of the Thursday evenings throughout the semester from 6 – 9 PM and may be attended online if the student works/lives more than a one-hour drive from Temple’s main campus. All students must attend the August Bootcamp and scheduled performance weekends on our Philadelphia campus (see tentative schedule, below) unless COVID-19-related concerns require us to move those portions of the program online.

Students with COVID-19-related concerns about travel to Philadelphia or attendance at Philadelphia’s main campus should address this with the Program Director. We will work with students on a one-to-one basis to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made and that privacy is respected.

2020 – 21 Performance Weekend Schedule (subject to change):

Orientation/Bootcamp August 1-8
Depositions/Experts September (weekend date TBD)
Jury Dynamics November 6-8
Teaching Advocacy February 5-7
Final Jury Trials April 16-18

Students graduate with the LL.M. degree in Trial Advocacy, and those who have already been barred earn 22 substantive CLE credits and two ethics credits.

The Temple LL.M. in Trial Advocacy is an ideal fit for those who aspire to perfect their litigation tactics, remote advocacy, and courtroom performance. In addition, this program provides training and an introduction for students who wish to pursue teaching in academia. Prospective applicants are encouraged to speak with alumni who have completed the program.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Please contact our office for more information (llmtrial@temple.edu or 215.204.2738).
Scholarships are available for members of the bar working in public interest and for 2020 JD graduates whose job offers have been rescinded. Please contact the office to learn more.

Message from the Director

Welcome to Temple’s LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program. As Director and a member of the LL.M. faculty, I am committed to bringing my extensive real world trial experience to the classroom and courtroom. Our program, developed in 1993, was the first of its kind in the country – designed to help practicing lawyers develop and master the courtroom skills which would otherwise take them a lifetime of trying cases to acquire.

Our LL.M. students are bright, determined, and diverse. They come from a variety of backgrounds, experience levels, and locations. They come from jurisdictions as far from Philadelphia as California, Texas, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico. As such our curriculum is applicable to lawyers practicing anywhere in the United States.

Our LL.M. faculty is composed of attorneys, judges and law professors, recognized throughout the world as legal experts, scholars and accomplished trial lawyers. In addition to our faculty, students learn through their classmates’ breadth of experience which adds a distinctive benefit.

Our community of LL.M. alums enthusiastically agree that the decision to attend Temple’s LL.M. in Trial Advocacy has proven to be one of the most important decisions in their professional lives. I encourage you to make that decision.

Please peruse our website for more information and contact me directly via email or call 215-204-2738 if you have other questions.

Practice Professor Marian G. Braccia
Director of the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program

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2020 Excelling in Evidence

Excelling in Evidence is a five night, 15 hour course for litigators that will be offered through the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program at Temple University Beasley School of Law in August, 2020. Taught by Professor Jules Epstein, Director of Advocacy Programs, Excelling in Evidence will go beyond a refresher on Evidence basics to provide a master litigator’s grasp of complex principles and evidence strategies. This year the course will also touch upon evidence issues for the world of remote advocacy.

Normally part of the year-long LL.M. curriculum, Excelling in Evidence is being made available as a standalone course to 25 attorneys and Judges who can attend in person and 25 who wish to attend as distance learners via a live, interactive web broadcast. Attendees who complete the course and then enroll in the LL.M. program in either of the next two academic years will receive credit for these course hours.

The fee for this standalone course is $900 – a savings of almost 50% in tuition for these credits for those who later enroll in the LL.M. program. Limited scholarships are available for lawyers working in public interest.

For more information, contact Professor Jules Epstein (jules.epstein@temple.edu).