Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in the Online LL.M. in International Business Law

To be eligible to apply, international applicants must have received one of the following degrees from an accredited university degree program:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) or higher law degree

Alternatively, individuals who have passed the bar or lawyer’s license exam in their home jurisdiction may apply for the program.

Students who have earned a J.D. degree in a common law country are not eligible for this degree.

Those admitted will have excellent school records, strong letters of recommendation, and satisfactory English competence. Applicants are not required to take the LSAT or GRE. However, proof of English proficiency is required, either by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test or equivalent English assessment exam results (see Application Procedure below for specific requirements). Applicants will be informed if the Admissions Committee decides that an interview is necessary.

The Admissions Committee carefully examines all parts of the application and considers each application on an individual basis. All decisions are final.


Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. Applications must be received before August 1 to begin study in early September of the same year. Late applications may be accepted if space is available.

The Admissions Committee mails admissions on a rolling basis. We will review applications as quickly as possible. Once an admissions decision is reached, the applicant will be notified immediately.

Application Procedure

Apply Online

Complete the Online LL.M. Application Questions, submit a two-page, double-spaced personal statement and one-page resume.

Submit your US$50 application fee, law school transcript(s), and TOEFL or English assessment scores directly to Temple Law, or alternatively a CNY 350 fee and these same documents to the Temple Law Beijing office.

Referees may submit recommendations accompanied by the Temple Recommendation Form directly to Temple Law or the Temple Law Beijing program office, or they may submit electronic recommendations.

English Assessment

All applicants must take an English assessment exam and arrange to have the testing agency send an official score report directly to Temple Law. There are four options for this requirement:

For applicants who take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of 89 (internet-based exam) points is required for admission consideration.

For students who take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a minimum band score of 6.5 is necessary for admission, with no score below 6.0.

Students may also submit test scores from Duolingo. Applicants with scores above 105 will be considered for admission.

Temple administers an English Assessment Exam (EAE) for purposes of this Program. The Temple EAE is generally offered each May in Beijing. The Temple EAE is based on the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP) and its Listening Comprehension Test (MELICET-L).

Transcripts and Degree Verification

Official transcripts and certificates of law degree completion must be submitted to Temple Law. A certified English language translation must also accompany transcripts that are not issued in English. An acceptable official transcript is one that has been submitted directly to Temple Law from the issuing overseas university under seal in an envelope sealed by your university. Transcripts that have been opened and handled by the applicant are not considered acceptable.

Personal Statement

A carefully worded personal statement must be provided. This statement should include any additional information you think might be helpful to the Admissions Committee concerning your personal history, professional interests, and abilities. The committee wants to know you as a person and as a professional. Sign your name and write the date at the end of this statement to certify that the essay is true and your own work product.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Students must submit two letters of reference from either law professors or legal employers well acquainted with your academic abilities or professional skills. Applicants should provide reference forms located in the application site to the person serving as referee.