Temple Law School’s performance-based LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program integrates the development of theory and theme, persuasive storytelling, extemporaneous speech, and effective use of technology in the courtroom.

This one-year, 24-credit degree program is designed for the practicing attorney and is scheduled primarily in the evenings and on weekends. A distance learning option allow students from across the country to attend live evening lectures and demonstrations online and interact with faculty, guest lecturers, and fellow students from home. All students attend two “power performance” weekends a semester at our Philadelphia campus. Students graduate with a LL.M. degree in Trial Advocacy, and earn 24 substantive and two ethics CLE credits.

Admissions Information

Applicants for admission to the online LL.M. program in Advocacy must have a strong interest in litigation and trial skills. Experience working in litigation or related fields is helpful but not required. Applicants must also be proficient in the English language and hold a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or must hold a first law degree from a foreign law school approved by the appropriate authority in that country.

Applicants who received their first law degree from a U.S. law school that is not, or at the time of the applicant’s graduation was not, accredited by the American Bar Association may be considered for admission if the applicant:

  1.  is licensed to practice law in at least one state within the U.S.;
  2.  can provide a certificate of good standing from that state’s bar; and
  3.  has a strong interest in or experience in Advocacy or related areas of practice.

All applicants must have proficiency in using a computer and navigating the Internet.

Application Procedure

Step 1: Apply Online

Step 2: Submit Required Documents

Applicants should submit their resume or CV online.

Students must submit a recommendation letter from either a law professor or legal employer well acquainted with your academic abilities or professional skills. Recommendation forms are available during the online application process and may be submitted online or by supplying a hard copy form.

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.

Payment of the $50 fee should accompany your application. If you choose not to pay online during the online application procedure, a check or money order should be made payable to “Temple University.”. Your application will not be reviewed until receipt of the application fee. This fee is non-refundable and not applicable to tuition.

Step 3: Admissions Interview

A personal interview with the Director is an integral part of the admissions process. Applicants who live a considerable distance from campus may request a telephone interview.


Tuition for the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program is set in the spring of each year by Temple University Trustees. Candidates for the upcoming year are asked to secure their place in class through a non-refundable seat deposit of $200 due within 30 days of the official acceptance. All seat deposits are credited against the fall tuition.

Public Interest Scholarship

A number of partial scholarships to the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program are awarded each year to attorneys practicing in public interest settings. Awards are applied in equal amounts in the summer, fall and spring semester. Scholarship awards are dependent on class size and the number of applicants and finalized in late spring.

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