Strong rankings. Personal attention. Top value. Earn an LL.M. at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where you will take courses together with J.D. students, become part of a tight-knit community, and live in the affordable city of Philadelphia, strategically located between New York City and Washington D.C. We invite you to join the Temple family to advance your career.

We Welcome:

  • Recent law graduates
  • International attorneys
  • Legal academics, counsel, and government officials
  • Any student who has earned a first degree in law

The LL.M. degree for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is the equivalent of what other schools refer to as a “General” or “Traditional” LL.M. or an “LL.M. in American Law.”

Why Choose Temple Law for Your LL.M.?

Our LL.M. program is one of the longest running in the U.S., with alumni around the world. U.S. News and World Report ranks Temple Law as a top law school, particularly in trial advocacy, legal writing, healthcare law, tax law, and international law. Courses within our specialty rankings are popular with our international students.

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.

Our Team

At Temple Law, we equip our students to create or further meaningful careers in international law. Whether it’s earning a U.S. Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree or taking advantage of our J.D. study abroad opportunities at our Rome or Tokyo campuses or one of our many partner schools, we take great pride in helping our students identify and achieve their career goals in international law.

As a student, your Temple Family includes a staff of three full-time professionals who are accessible before, during, and after graduation.

We want to meet you! Please take a moment to reach out to Karen McMichael to explore these possibilities.

Karen McMichael

Director of International Law Programs

Karen directs our LL.M. and S.J.D. programs. She is a Temple Law graduate who helps students navigate course selections to ensure they meet their career goals. Karen is affectionately referred to as the “Temple Law Mom,” and cries every year at graduation, in true mom fashion.


Our Partnerships


  • I graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Law in 2003. I have been an attorney in a law firm that has been engaged in international projects for more than 12 years, specializing in banking and finance. Because I have always wanted to excel as a consultant in my career, the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at Temple University in the USA was a significant experience that contributed to many aspects of my profession and broadened my horizons.

    What impressed me most about the Temple is that it is among the best law schools in the country. I was able to choose among various courses that focused in areas in which I currently provide consulting services. I believe that being enrolled in foreign academic institutions has numerous benefits, primarily to develop analytical thinking. The distinguished faculty in Temple, their interactive lectures and practical studies, assignments, and presentations I prepared were very beneficial in developing these skills, especially in a foreign language.

    Making friends with students from different countries really helped me to get to know their culture. I had unforgettable experiences and made many friends. In my current professional life, I think that my communication with our foreign clients is based on what I learned from this program. Today, when I look back, I see that the year I spent in Temple was one of the most instructive and enjoyable educational experiences I’ve had. I sincerely recommend this program to all my colleagues who want to specialize in international law.

    Author of quote
    Ela Sari
    LL.M. Class of 2007
  • I developed close friendships with law students from many different backgrounds – both American and international. Practical applications of American and international law were a daily discussion in most of my classes but even more interesting and surprising were the passing chats in the hallway with friends, the debates over lunch with professors, and the late evening study sessions with fellow classmates, in which we shared knowledge about our respective country’s practices. Temple University has an international focus that extends far beyond the classroom and a practical ideal that provides a unique advantage. Comparing legal procedures with my fellow students brought an exciting new aspect to my studies that had been lacking in my other schooling. I graduated from Temple ready to practice international law.

    Author of quote
    Diana Allegretti
    Head of Corporate Affairs and Secretary of the Board of Directors
    Zurich Insurance Co. Ltd
    LL.M. Class of 2002
  • The LL.M. program at Temple University not only gave me the tools to advance my career, but also opened many different doors. In my case, I took many international law courses and am now the senior vice president and director of multicultural banking at Customers Bank in Pennsylvania. Moreover, I’m the Honorary Consul of Peru in Philadelphia. I’m certain that without the help of the LL.M program, I would not be where I am today.

    Author of quote
    Miguel Albán
    Vice President & Director, Customers Bank
    LL.M. Class of 2008
  • Studying at Temple diversified my professional portfolio and broadened my resources for teaching. Just as my Temple Law professors taught me, I want my students to graduate from law school not as students, but as lawyers. “My Temple professors taught me how to put theory into practice. They taught me established legal principles, and moreover, as researchers, they also created new concepts and encouraged me to pursue my own ideas. As a professor, I have tried to emulate the Temple Law faculty and their approachable and practical teaching style.

    Author of quote
    John Howe
    Director of the Melbourne School of Government and Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
    University of Melbourne
    LL.M. Class of 1987
  • This degree changed my life. I took the required credits and courses for the Bar Exam and am now a licensed lawyer. I have my own law firm and am the president of the non-profit organization, Casa Argentina in Philadelphia. Do not hesitate on this decision–join Temple University!

    Author of quote
    Daniel Loza
    Owner & Founder, The Loza Law Firm
    The Loza Law Firm


Your New Favorite American City

Temple Law is located in Philadelphia, the sixth-largest city in the U.S., conveniently located between New York City and Washington, DC. The cost of living in Philadelphia is lower than that of other east coast cities, allowing students to live affordably in a large city while pursuing an excellent education and building a network.

Philadelphia is a UNESCO World Heritage City and was just named one of the top 25 cities to visit in the World for 2020 by National Geographic. Many young professionals flock from New York to Philadelphia. We believe that you, too, will fall in love with Philadelphia.

In addition, LL.M. students may also be able to study abroad at our Rome or Tokyo campuses as part of their degree.

Philadelphia’s location relative to Washington DC and New York City

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Our Graduate and International Programs team is eager to answer any questions you may have about the LL.M. for Foreign Trained Lawyers.