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.


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.

Scholarships and Funding Resources

Many full-time LL.M. students receive partial tuition scholarships. In addition to funding from Temple, students may also apply for third-party funding to pay all or part of their tuition.  

Please visit our Financial Aid for LL.M. students page for a list of funding opportunities for which you may be eligible. 

Estimated Budget for the LL.M. Program – Full Academic Year 2023-24

first semester expensescostfull academic year expensescost
Per semester tuition$17,160Academic year tuition$34,320
University services fee$484University services fee$968
International student fee*$182International student fee*$364
Law school matriculation fee**$173Law school matriculation fee**$173
Estimated living expenses for single student (no dependents)$7,500Estimated living expenses for single student (no dependents)$15,000
Other expenses (books, health insurance, transportation)$4,350Other expenses (books, health insurance, transportation)$8,700
Grand Total:$29,849Grand Total:$59,525

*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

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.

Health Insurance

Temple University requires all International students in Non-immigrant Student (F1 or J1) status to maintain health insurance that meets certain minimum standards as determined by the United States Department of State. Health insurance is not billed by the university. Students pay a monthly insurance fee directly to the insurance company you choose.

Students have an option to enroll in one of three university sponsored health insurance plans. To enroll in a university sponsored insurance plan and view current rates, Log in to TUportal, navigate to Students Tools tab, and scroll down to the Resources section to enroll in one of the university-sponsored health insurance plans by completing the Student Health Insurance Enrollment Application form. More information on university sponsored health insurance can also be found here.

Students can alternatively apply for health insurance with a non-university affiliated health insurance company that also meets U.S. Department of State requirements.

The minimum health insurance coverage as determined by the Department of State is as follows:

  • A maximum deductible of U.S. $500 per accident or illness
  • Payment of at least 75% of covered expense
  • Medical benefits of at least U.S. $100,000 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation benefits of at least U.S. $25,000. (Automatically enrolled in The Hartford policy.)
  • Medical evacuation benefits of at least U.S. $50,000. (Automatically enrolled in The Hartford policy.)

Bar Exam Application Fees

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 HousingFood & GroceriesOverall 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