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Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law


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Contact Information

1719 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 800.560.1428
Fax: 215.204.9319
Email: lawadmis@temple.edu
Website: www.law.temple.edu
ABA Data: www.law.temple.edu/about/aba-required-disclosures

Introduction

Founded in 1895, Temple Law School is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in legal education. We offer both day and evening programs, and students may enroll on either a full- or part-time basis. Our innovative student-centered curriculum integrates both theory and practice in a collaborative community and is continually evolving in response to new realities and new challenges, such as globalization, technology, and interdisciplinary studies.

Our students are passionate advocates who come from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. They are more than leaders; they are innovators and creative problem solvers whose thoughtfulness, vision, and courage are quickly put to work in our communities, our nations, and our world.

At the heart of the Temple Law community is our outstanding faculty. They blend groundbreaking scholarship with real-world experience and a passion for teaching. Temple law professors are not content to teach from the casebook and the podium; they are here on the strength of their leadership in the real world, and they are committed to helping their students address problems in the real world.

The Law School’s facilities consist of three buildings located in the midst of a thriving, urban university. Attending law school in the fifth largest city in the country has definite advantages. The city where American democracy was born, Philadelphia boasts state and federal courts at every level; countless law firms, large and small; dozens of municipal agencies; and hundreds of other legal employers.

The Study of Law at Temple

In today’s challenging and competitive professional environment, experience counts. Temple has been a pioneer in experiential learning for more than a half century, and today’s innovative teaching methods are grounded in the experience that only decades of leadership can bring. Temple’s experiential programs are innovative in design, thoughtfully built on doctrine learned in our classrooms, and integrated throughout the curriculum.

Within weeks of beginning school, students negotiate employment agreements and interview mock clients in Introduction to Transactional Skills, while Litigation Basics gets them on their feet questioning and cross-examining witnesses in mock trials. During their first summer, Temple students have the opportunity to build upon those skills in either the Law & Public Policy Program in Washington, DC, or the Temple Summer Professional Experience Curriculum in Philadelphia. Whether they find themselves in the courtroom, conference room, or classroom, the experiences our students have today will make the difference in their careers tomorrow.

Temple offers a full roster of experiential opportunities for students who are ready to take their legal education out into the world. Every interested student is guaranteed a spot in 1 of over 25 diverse clinical courses, both internal and external to the Law School. Clinical offerings include opportunities to litigate criminal cases, work on immigration issues, assist clients with small businesses, handle bankruptcy cases, participate in medical-legal partnerships, and advocate on behalf of families in custody matters. Temple also offers the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program for our third-year students, as well as the State Judicial Clerkship Clinical Program, designed exclusively for second-year students. Also, the Temple Law Practicum is a unique learning opportunity where a student and full-time faculty member engage collaboratively to solve a legal problem for a real client, often under the direction of a practicing attorney.

Trial skills enhance every lawyer’s abilities in areas that intersect all aspects of practice. With experienced faculty and innovative teaching methods, Temple students benefit from one of the nation’s most advanced trial advocacy programs. The trial advocacy curriculum includes the innovative Integrated Program, which combines the teaching of trial advocacy, evidence, and civil procedure in a year-long course. Future litigators may also earn a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation by completing a robust list of advocacy courses and engaging in live-client clinical or practicum experiences. Temple’s reputation in trial advocacy programs is enhanced by our record in law school trial competitions, and our program is consistently recognized as one of the best in the nation.

Temple students have access to an extensive array of programs to prepare them to practice law in an increasingly global society. Temple’s strength in international law includes opportunities for summer study in Rome, Italy, as well as a semester-abroad program in Tokyo, Japan, and exchange programs with law schools in China, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Germany, India, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland. Additionally, Temple has many active student organizations, such as an international law journal, the International Law Society, and the Jessup International Law Moot Court team. Temple’s strong reputation in international law has been enhanced by the JD/LLM in Transnational Law for American law students and the creation of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy.

By integrating bodies of law that focus on the rapid expansion of the Internet, electronic commerce, biotechnologies, and other newly emerging legal issues, Temple expands the boundaries of traditional intellectual property and technology law and prepares students to learn and succeed in the virtual world. With faculty members who are experts in the field, and through hands-on activities outside of the classroom, such as participating on the Intellectual Property Law Moot Court team, students learn how to meet the challenges of practicing law in a world without borders.

Temple has designed a diverse business law curriculum that uniquely prepares future lawyers to participate in an ever-changing global marketplace in which business law plays a central role. Temple’s business law courses emphasize development of skills necessary for practice and engage students in the study of current issues relating to the stock market, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, the Uniform Commercial Code, banking, e-commerce, and more. Prospective business lawyers can also pursue a JD/LLM in Taxation or, in conjunction with the Fox School of Business and Management, pursue a dual JD/MBA degree, or earn a Certificate in Business Law.

Almost all attorneys deal with tax issues at some point in their careers, and Temple’s tax law curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the US tax code and offers a robust tax curriculum that includes writing and experiential opportunities as well as a groundbreaking Low Income Taxpayer Policy and Practice course.

Temple’s health care law curriculum explores the legal profession’s role in the health care industry and prepares students to practice in the wide range of substantive areas that compose health care law. In 2009, the Center for Health Law, Policy, and Practice was created and, through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Temple became home to the National Program Office of the foundation’s Public Health Law Research Program. Students can further prepare to meet the challenges of this dynamic field by pursuing a dual JD/MPH degree.

Public service is a Temple tradition. The Office of Public Interest Programs is the focal point for public interest activities at the law school. Students provide legal services in the Philadelphia area through the extensive clinical program, the Temple Legal Aid Office, and various volunteer and community outreach programs. Public interest careers are supported by the Student Public Interest Network, which provides grants for summer internships; the Social Justice Fellows Program, which provides scholarships to entering students with a demonstrated commitment to public service; and the Barrack Public Interest Fellowships, a loan repayment assistance program for graduates in public interest jobs.

Instruction in law schools is founded on the notion of teaching each student to think like an attorney. Temple’s legal research and writing program is a year-long course of study that teaches the basics of writing and speaking like a lawyer. Students learn basic legal research techniques and the fundamentals of legal writing. It is one of the most intensive and advanced programs of its kind in the country and is rated as one of the best in the nation.

Student Life

Temple students take full advantage of all that student life at a major urban university has to offer. They are actively involved in the governance at the law school as members of the Student Bar Association, which oversees the more than 30 student groups that flourish at Temple, including the Black Law Students Association, the Latino Law Students Association, the Asian/Pacific Islander American Law Student Association, the Women’s Law Caucus, and OUTLaw. Student publications include the Temple Law Review and the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. Students who excel in advocacy may participate in the National Trial Team or the Moot Court Competition Team.

Career Services

Temple students are poised and ready to succeed in every sector of the legal job market, having acquired unique practical training that other schools do not offer. As graduates, they carry a strong reputation for being able to hit the ground running, confident and prepared to practice law in the field of their choice. The Career Services Office assists students with the development of strategies for securing employment and provides the resources necessary to supplement each student’s individualized job search. Through the school’s online career-planning manager, students can search job postings, participate in various recruiting programs, and apply for jobs. In addition, one-on-one career counseling is encouraged, and workshops and programs are offered to assist students in sharpening their job-search skills, including résumé writing, networking, and interviewing. Temple alumni are working in all 50 states and around the world in a variety of legal fields.

Admission and Financial Aid

Temple’s highly competitive admission process is designed to look at the whole person. The faculty Admissions Committee carefully evaluates each application and is committed to admitting the very best from a pool of talented applicants. In keeping with Temple’s commitment to diversity and its mission of offering opportunities to students who might otherwise be precluded from pursuing a high-quality legal education, the committee may consider an application under Sp.A.C.E., its discretionary admission process. Through this process, the committee carefully selects applicants who have outstanding performance records and exceptional aptitudes for the study and practice of law that are not necessarily reflected by grades and LSAT scores alone.

The financial aid program supports the admission process with a combination of loans and both need- and merit-based scholarships, including both the Barrack and Beasley Scholars programs and the Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellowship program.

Applicant Profile

Prior to 2016, Applicant Profile Grids contained data for fall applicants only. The grids now include applicants who were admitted for all terms in academic year 2016. By comparing your LSAT score and GPA with those of the admitted applicants whose data is reflected on this grid, you can get a general sense of your competitiveness at this school.

Note:

  1. Law schools consider many other factors beyond the LSAT score and GPA.
  2. The data in the grid is from a previous application year and may not reflect fluctuations in applicant volume that affect admission decisions.
  3. The data includes deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “admitted applicants who were granted a postponed enrollment for a subsequent term.”
  GPA    
LSAT
Score
3.75+
Apps
3.75+
Adm
3.50–
3.74 Apps
3.50–
3.74 Adm
3.25–
3.49 Apps
3.25–
3.49 Adm
3.00–
3.24 Apps
3.00–
3.24 Adm
2.75–
2.99 Apps
2.75–
2.99 Adm
2.50–
2.74 Apps
2.50–
2.74 Adm
2.25–
2.49 Apps
2.25–
2.49 Adm
2.00–
2.24 Apps
2.00–
2.24 Adm
Below 2.00
Apps
Below 2.00
Adm
No GPA
Apps
No GPA
Adm
Total
Apps
Total
Adm
170–180 17 17 9 8 5 4 3 3 3 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 43 40
165–169 25 25 40 39 23 23 16 14 6 4 7 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 119 112
160–164 76 74 105 102 88 85 68 57 32 23 15 7 3 1 3 2 1 0 7 4 398 355
155–159 96 51 149 76 146 51 113 37 50 20 20 5 12 1 3 0 0 0 23 7 612 248
150–154 53 21 90 24 91 15 94 18 44 3 19 2 13 1 4 0 0 0 16 4 424 88
145–149 22 3 43 4 48 0 47 0 40 1 13 0 5 0 3 0 2 0 5 1 228 9
140–144 8 0 16 0 22 0 39 0 18 0 12 0 6 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 129 0
Below 140 3 0 7 0 16 0 18 0 12 0 8 0 12 0 4 0 1 0 4 0 85 0
Total 300 191 459 253 439 178 398 129 205 54 98 23 51 3 23 3 4 0 61 18 2038 852

Apps = Number of Applicants
Adm = Number Admitted
Reflects 99% of the total applicant pool; highest LSAT data reported.