Temple Law has always taken great pride in providing an excellent legal education which prepares its graduates for the challenges they will meet in practice. But globalization has significantly changed the nature of these challenges and has created a demand for lawyers who can practice in a global environment. Multinational corporations have become the rule, rather than the exception, and the practice of law is no longer limited by national borders. Moreover, many of the most rapidly expanding areas of practice including the law of cyberspace, intellectual property and environmental law are inherently transnational.
The LL.M. in Transnational Law (T.LL.M.) enables students with a first degree in law to develop expertise, special knowledge, and practical experience in transnational law. You may complete your T.LL.M. in nine months as a full-time student, or in one to four years as a part-time student.
The Transnational Law curriculum is designed to ensure that our graduates will have the skills and knowledge to compete successfully in the twenty-first century. Our graduates will be knowledgeable about international legal doctrines, adept at dealing with multiple legal systems, and familiar with other cultures. As a Transnational LL.M. student, you may take only international or comparative courses. You may not take a course that covers only U.S. law. You may take elective courses in private and public international law and comparative law.
To be eligible for the LL.M. in Transnational Law, students must have completed a first degree in law in English in a common law country. For all other international LL.M. applicants, please visit our LL.M. in U.S. Law program page.
Coursework required to earn the LL.M. in Transnational Law degree is not designed to satisfy U.S. bar exam requirements.
You must complete a three-credit International Law course as a prerequisite to the T.LL.M. If you have previously completed an introductory public international law course, you may apply to have this requirement waived. You also must complete 24 credit hours of additional study from our international and comparative law curriculum with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. You must satisfy a two- or three-credit scholarly paper writing requirement by either taking a writing seminar or completing a guided research paper. If you have a law degree from outside Japan, you may complete all your studies in Tokyo; otherwise, you must study abroad for one semester in Philadelphia, Rome (only in the summer), or Beijing.
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