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.
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, in addition to the August boot camp, students must attend scheduled performance weekends on our Philadelphia campus (see tentative schedule, below). Our distance-learning component allows students not residing in the tri-state area to stream the Thursday evening lectures and demonstrations.
2018 Performance Weekend Schedule (subject to change):
Orientation/Boot Camp: August 4-11
Depositions/Experts: September 14-16
Jury Dynamics: November 9-11
Teaching Advocacy: February 8-10
Final Jury Trials: April 12-14
Students graduate with the LL.M. degree in Trial Advocacy, and earn 24 substantive CLE credits and two ethics credits. In addition, this program provides a segue for our students to teach in academia.
The Temple LL.M. in Trial Advocacy was the first program of its kind in the country. It is an ideal fit for those who aspire to perfect both litigation tactics and courtroom performance. Prospective applicants are encouraged to speak with alumni who have completed the program.
Application deadline is May 1, 2018!
Please contact our office for more information.
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.
Associate Professor Barbara Lynn Ashcroft
Director of the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program