Temple’s LL.M. Program in 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.

Why an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy for litigation department members?

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.

What does that mean? It means that students are on their feet, taking depositions, arguing motions, cross-examining expert witnesses, and more. In the process, they not only learn trial techniques from the experts, they learn to find their own voice and style, building confidence, skills, and knowledge applicable wherever advocacy happens.

The goal of the program is mastery, in particular of the law of evidence, the science behind expert testimony, and application of the science undergirding courtroom advocacy and persuasion.

The program is a one-year, 24-credit degree program, scheduled primarily in the evenings and on weekends (For more details, see our lawyer friendly LL.M. Calendar <http://www.law.temple.edu/site/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2015-2016-LL.M.-Calendar.pdf> ). Our distance-learning component allows students from across the country to attend evening lectures and demonstrations via live, online broadcasts. All students attend two power performance weekends a semester at our Philadelphia campus. Students graduate with the LL.M. degree in Trial Advocacy, and earn 24 substantive CLE credits and two ethics credits.

All information on the program can be found through http://www.law.temple.edu/academics/degrees/llm-trial/

Any questions may be directed to Professor Barbara Ashcroft, Director of the LL.M. program, by email at bashcrof@temple.edu, or phone at (215) 204-2738.

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