Spring 2019 – Week 4

All May and July 2019 Graduates

Friday, February 1st is the last day to register for graduation.

Also be mindful about carefully checking the spelling of your name. Please log onto TUPortal, click Self-Service Banner, Student Tab, Student Records, and Apply to Graduate.  How your name appears in the Portal is how it will appear in the Commencement Book and on your diploma.  Questions?  Contact Kathy Wilson at kilson@temple.edu.

Spring OCI Round 1 Starts Next Week

 

OCI employers will be on campus next week in the Office of Career Services. Remember to be 15 minutes early for any scheduled interview. If you did not apply for any employers in the first round of Spring OCI, look out for additional emails and deadlines from the Office of Career Services in the coming weeks. Good luck!

Managing Student Loans & Student Loan Repayment

On Wednesday, February 20th from 12 to 1 pm in Barrack Hall, Room 205, Ann Durandetta of AccessLex Institute will discuss all of the options for federal student loan repayment, including income-driven repayment options, and the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. This program is particularly recommended for 3Ls and 4Ls approaching graduation. Lunch will be provided.

AccessLex Institute, previously known as Access Group, was founded in 1983 and is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of nearly 200 nonprofit and state-affiliated ABA-approved law schools. AccessLex Institute provides financial education resources and services for students and schools, supports research programs and data collection, drives policy advocacy, and works to promote broad access, affordability and the value of legal education.

Tip of the Week – Timebox It

Don’t Just Have a To-Do List – Timebox it.  The only thing worse than having a long to-do list is not knowing how you’re going to get everything done.  Timeboxing can help:  It’s a way of converting your to-do list into blocks of time on your calendar, so you have to plan for what to do and when.  Start by looking at your to-do list and figuring out each task’s deadlines and the amount of time it would take to complete the task.  Schedule the time just as you would a class or meeting.  The biggest advantage of timeboxing might be that if gives you a feeling of control over your calendar – which can help you feel happier at work!

Important Financial Aid Information

Application for Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Summer 2019 Class Session, and Summer Work Study Grants – DUE 3/1/2019

Now is the time to begin the financial aid application process for the 2019-2020 academic year. The financial aid application process is entirely online. To apply you must submit the following by March 1, 2019.

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need to sign in using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password. When you log on the FAFSA Renewal button will display if you submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA and are eligible to file a FAFSA Renewal. Click FAFSA Renewal if you would like your 2019-2020 FAFSA information to be pre-filled with basic information from your 2018-2019 FAFSA record. The 2019-2020 FAFSA will request your 2017 federal tax return information. Please make sure that you list our school code, 003371, so that we can have access to your FAFSA record.
  2. 2019-2020 Temple Law School Financial Aid Request Form and Summer Work Study Request which is available online at  http://www4.law.temple.edu/financialaidrequests. Please select the application for Returning Students, even if this is your first time applying for financial aid.

Federal Direct Stafford and Federal Direct Grad Plus Loan borrowers for 2019-2020 academic year:

If you plan to apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan and you already borrowed a Federal Direct Loan for the current academic year, you only need to indicate the amount of loan funds you would like to borrow on the Loan Request section of the online Law School Financial Aid Request Form.  You are not required to submit a new electronic Master Promissory Note or complete a new online entrance interview.  If you will be a new borrower for 2019-2020, you should refer to the application instructions on the financial aid page of the law school website for details on applying for this loan.

If you plan to apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan and have received a Graduate PLUS loan for the 2019-2020 academic year, you will still be required to complete a new application for credit on the Direct Loan website, www.studentloans.gov, but you will not be required to submit a new Master Promissory Note or online entrance interview. Because the Graduate PLUS credit approval is only valid for 180 days, it is best that you wait to complete the Graduate PLUS loan application until after May 1st.  We will send an email reminder in early May letting you know when it is time to complete the application process. If you will be a new Direct Graduate PLUS loan borrower for 2019-2020, you should refer to the application instructions on the financial aid page of the law school website for details on applying for this loan.

Summer Work Study:

If you plan to apply for summer work study you need to complete the Summer Work Study Request section of the 2019-2020 Temple  Law School Financial Aid Application. All students who anticipate they will need summer work study should be sure to read the information posted on the law school website at: http://www.law.temple.edu/Pages/Current_Students/Current_Work_Study.aspx .

Summer Financial Aid Options:

Students who need to borrow student loans to attend classes over the summer, either through a study abroad program, the DC Summer Program, or here on Main Campus will need to set up an appointment to discuss the student loan options available for the summer and to authorize the summer financial aid package.  In addition to filing the 2019-2020 Temple Law School Financial Aid Request Form and 2019-2020 FAFSA, students who need aid for the summer must also complete the Summer 2019 Financial Aid Application.  Please review the Summer Financial Aid Options on the Law School website for detailed information about summer financial aid process and requirements.  You should contact the Law School Financial Aid Office to schedule an appointment once you have completed all of the required forms. Summer financial aid appointments will start on March 6th and continue throughout the spring semester.

Questions:

Please contact our office if you have any questions or if you need any additional information. Also, please remember that the Law School has its own Financial Aid Office which handles all financial aid and billing questions for law students.  Many university communications will direct students to contact the University Student Financial Services (SFS) with questions, but as a law student you should always contact the Law School Financial Aid Office with your questions.  We are located in Barrack Hall, Suite 101.  The phone number is 215-204-8943 and the email address is lwfinaid@temple.edu

PABOLE Temple Law Visit

We are delighted to let you know that the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will visit the law school on February 6th at 12 pm in K2A and 5 pm in K1D. This event will be live-streamed so that all can participate.  The PABOLE will discuss the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and the admissions process.  This is a helpful presentation that includes information about the character and fitness process and we hope you will attend.  Questions?  Please contact jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

AGC Professional Development Academy

On Friday, February 8th from 1 to 5 pm on the 3rd floor of Barrack Hall, the AGC will have a Professional Development Academy with mock interviews, microaggression workshops, resume critiques, and networking.  This event is open to all and is not just meant for 1Ls! RSVP via the Google Form here.

PMC’s Law Student Writing Competition

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Law Student Writing Competition deadline is quickly approaching. Send your submission to writingcontest@pmconline.org by Friday, February 8th for a chance to win $5,000!

2019 Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship for a student or lawyer committed to animal law and animal welfare. The application period opens February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

Library Information Session 

Introduction to Foreign Comparative & International Law Research – Tuesday, February 5th, 12 pm in K6A. An overview of researching a variety of foreign, comparative, and international law topics.

Temple Law School Blood Drive

Tuesday, February 12th, 11 am to 4 pm.  Make an appointment online:  Sign Up!

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship is a competitive scholarship program that makes annual monetary awards to qualified, outstanding graduating African-American female law students.  Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive two separate categories of monetary awards (bar application and preparation and employment incentive) for a total of $10,000.  Interested students can review the eligibility criteria, program description, and apply here by February 16th.

Liberty and Law Essay Contest

 

The Liberty & Law Center at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and the Federalist Society invite you to write an up to 2000-word essay on the topic: How to promote a culture of open debate and tolerance for ideological diversity at universities in general, or at law schools specifically. This competition is open to first-year students (1Ls) nationwide enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school as a J.D. candidate. The first-place prize is $2000 and the essay will be posted on the Federalist Society website and the Liberty & Law Center website with the potential for additional publication. There will also be $500 prizes for two runners-up. The essays will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of legal academics and professionals. The deadline for submissions is February 18th at 8:00 pm EST. For more information on the Liberty & Law Center, visit libertycenter.gmu.edu.

Corporate Legal Operations Consortium Scholarship

CLOC’s annual scholarship program is open through February 28th. CLOC’s scholarship will be awarded to up to 10 promising candidates interested in legal operations, technology, and the evolution of legal service delivery models. The scholarship is a one time, $6,000 award that can be applied towards tuition and fees of a J.D., MBA, or other relevant graduate program. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Tom Davidson at tom.davidson@cloc.org.

Philadelphia Business Journal – Mentoring Monday

Mentoring Monday is a “speed coaching” event that brings together women in a casual, fast-paced atmosphere to network and offer career advice, tips and guidance.  The event will be done in partnership with 43 American City Business Journals. Join us on Monday, February 25th!

Student ticket prices will be reduced to $35.  Here is a direct link to the registration site:  https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/event/163356/2019/2019-bizwomen-mentoring-monday. Please use promotional code: STUDENT 2019.

The Alford Excellence Award Scholarship

Every year the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association awards a $3000 scholarship to at least three future practitioners who will sit for the July 2019 Delaware Bar Exam. The 2019 Alford Excellence Scholarship Application is due by April 12, 2019. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers first-year law students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organization.  See the LCLD flyer and LCLD 1L Scholar website for more information.  Application deadlines vary by firm and organization.  Questions?  Email lcareer@temple.edu.

Mindful Mondays

Join Mindful Mondays every Monday at noon in K5B until April 22nd.  Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention on purpose to the present moment without judgement.  Significant research demonstrates that this practice can help reduce stress, increase productivity, and promote physical and mental well-being.  No experience is necessary.

Fingerprinting for the PA Bar – New Procedure

Beginning in January 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will require all applicants to the bar to submit their fingerprints to IdentoGo (the Company contracted by the State of Pennsylvania) in order to have their federal criminal history record provided to the PA Board for use in the character and fitness review.  Applicants must submit their fingerprint to IdentoGo, and no other provider.  IdentoGo has facilities across the state.  Applicants must apply to the bar before they will be able to submit their fingerprints to the Board.  The Board does not have a deadline for applicants to meet this requirement.  However, like all other required documentation for admission, the faster the applicant does their part to complete the file, the earlier the file goes into the queue for initial approval or denial.  A summary of the process will eventually be make available on the Board’s website.

MPRE

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is a two hour, 60 question multiple choice examination that is administered three times a year.  The first test date for 2019 is March 23rd.  The late registration deadline for the March test date is today, January 31st with a late fee of $220. The next test date is August 10th. Find more information here.

Spring 2019 – Week 3

Important Financial Aid Information

Application for Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Summer 2019 Class Session, and Summer Work Study Grants – DUE 3/1/2019

Now is the time to begin the financial aid application process for the 2019-2020 academic year. The financial aid application process is entirely online. To apply you must submit the following by March 1, 2019.

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need to sign in using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password. When you log on the FAFSA Renewal button will display if you submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA and are eligible to file a FAFSA Renewal. Click FAFSA Renewal if you would like your 2019-2020 FAFSA information to be pre-filled with basic information from your 2018-2019 FAFSA record. The 2019-2020 FAFSA will request your 2017 federal tax return information. Please make sure that you list our school code, 003371, so that we can have access to your FAFSA record.
  2. 2019-2020 Temple Law School Financial Aid Request Form and Summer Work Study Request which is available online at  http://www4.law.temple.edu/financialaidrequests. Please select the application for Returning Students, even if this is your first time applying for financial aid.

Federal Direct Stafford and Federal Direct Grad Plus Loan borrowers for 2019-2020 academic year:

If you plan to apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan and you already borrowed a Federal Direct Loan for the current academic year, you only need to indicate the amount of loan funds you would like to borrow on the Loan Request section of the online Law School Financial Aid Request Form.  You are not required to submit a new electronic Master Promissory Note or complete a new online entrance interview.  If you will be a new borrower for 2019-2020, you should refer to the application instructions on the financial aid page of the law school website for details on applying for this loan.

If you plan to apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan and have received a Graduate PLUS loan for the 2019-2020 academic year, you will still be required to complete a new application for credit on the Direct Loan website, www.studentloans.gov, but you will not be required to submit a new Master Promissory Note or online entrance interview. Because the Graduate PLUS credit approval is only valid for 180 days, it is best that you wait to complete the Graduate PLUS loan application until after May 1st.  We will send an email reminder in early May letting you know when it is time to complete the application process. If you will be a new Direct Graduate PLUS loan borrower for 2019-2020, you should refer to the application instructions on the financial aid page of the law school website for details on applying for this loan.

Summer Work Study:

If you plan to apply for summer work study you need to complete the Summer Work Study Request section of the 2019-2020 Temple  Law School Financial Aid Application. All students who anticipate they will need summer work study should be sure to read the information posted on the law school website at: http://www.law.temple.edu/Pages/Current_Students/Current_Work_Study.aspx .

Summer Financial Aid Options:

Students who need to borrow student loans to attend classes over the summer, either through a study abroad program, the DC Summer Program, or here on Main Campus will need to set up an appointment to discuss the student loan options available for the summer and to authorize the summer financial aid package.  In addition to filing the 2019-2020 Temple Law School Financial Aid Request Form and 2019-2020 FAFSA, students who need aid for the summer must also complete the Summer 2019 Financial Aid Application.  Please review the Summer Financial Aid Options on the Law School website for detailed information about summer financial aid process and requirements.  You should contact the Law School Financial Aid Office to schedule an appointment once you have completed all of the required forms. Summer financial aid appointments will start on March 6th and continue throughout the spring semester.

Questions:

Please contact our office if you have any questions or if you need any additional information. Also, please remember that the Law School has its own Financial Aid Office which handles all financial aid and billing questions for law students.  Many university communications will direct students to contact the University Student Financial Services (SFS) with questions, but as a law student you should always contact the Law School Financial Aid Office with your questions.  We are located in Barrack Hall, Suite 101.  The phone number is 215-204-8943 and the email address is lwfinaid@temple.edu

Personal Injury Attorney Seeks Part-Time Law Clerk

An attorney in Philadelphia, with a national practice, is looking for a part-time law clerk to start as soon as possible.  The right candidate must possess an active interest in personal injury litigation.  If you are interested in the position, please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Kristen Davis, Associate Director of Career Services, at kmd@temple.edu.  The position is paid at a rate of $25.00 per hour.

Government Shutdown Support

We recognize that law school can be difficult in general and want to remind all students that Emergency No Interest Short Term Loans are available.  Please contact Asst. Dean Johanne Johnston at johanne.johnston@temple.edu if you want to apply for a loan or have concerns about your tuition bill or financial aid.  Additionally, information about other resources, including the Cherry Pantry, can be found here.  We encourage any student in need of support to reach out to Asst. Dean Jen Bretschneider at jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu. We are here to assist you and our door is always open.

1L/2LE Application for the Law and Public Policy Program in Washington, D.C. – Deadline to Apply is Tomorrow!

Are you interested in the DC Program with Professor Knauer?  Please note that the 1L/2LE Priority Deadline passed and the Final Deadline is Friday, January 25th. For details about the program, please go to https://www.law.temple.edu/academics/experinetial/tlpp/.  You can also view the information session that describes the Program here.  Please contact Professor Knauer  (nancy.knauer@temple.edu) if you have any questions about the Program. Please apply both on the CPM and email your application materials to Professor Nancy J. Knauer (nancy.knauer@temple.edu). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and space is limited.  If admitted to the Program, you will be asked to focus your job search for this summer solely in Washington, D.C. and discontinue your job search in any other locations.

Registration for Witnessing at the Regional Trial Competition is Now Open

Celebrating an annual Philadelphia rite of winter, Temple Law School is hosting the annual National Trial Regional Competition on February 7, 8, 9, & 10, 2019 at the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert Street in Philadelphia.

Law schools from Pennsylvania and New Jersey will be competing for the right to represent this region in the National Trial Competition to be held in Texas at the end of March. The competition is composed of four trial rounds for which witnesses (mostly) and bailiffs are needed.

If you are interested in participating as a witness and/or bailiff, click here to go to the Website menu and then click on the ‘Participation Form’ menu item to complete and submit your form. Participation information and witness role materials are/will be available on this website for your assigned role.

Please spread the word to your classmates to complete and submit their participation form today! Students who have participated in this trial competition as witnesses and/or bailiffs in previous years have found it to be rewarding, entertaining, and educational.

For scheduling purposes, we need to confirm our participating witnesses and bailiffs no later than January 30th, so be sure to complete and submit your form as soon as possible today!

Event schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, 2/7/19 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Friday, 2/8/19 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Saturday, 2/9/19 – 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Saturday, 2/9/19 – 2:30pm to 6:30pm

NOTE: Times are approximate and may deviate from schedule due to unforeseen circumstances. We ask that you be available if this situation presents itself.

Thank you for your consideration in participating in this event. It is much appreciated.

Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program Application

The application for the 2019-2020 Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program is now open. The FJC Honors Program is a 6 credit year-long experiential program in which students work for federal judges and participate in the practical aspects of jurisprudence. Students draft orders, research issues, prepare bench memoranda, and observe judicial proceedings. Students are expected to spend approximately ten hours a week in chambers and attend a bi-weekly classroom seminar taught by the Honorable Mitchell Goldberg. The seminar meets Wednesday mornings at the Federal Courthouse. The Honors Program is open to rising 3L Day, 3 & 4L Part-Time Day, and 3 & 4L Evening Division Students. Students will be selected by a committee of law school faculty and administrators. Upon selection, you will be matched with a federal judge. Participating judges include those located in Philadelphia and Camden. Philadelphia and Camden judges are easily accessible via car or public transportation.  The application for this program can be found here and is due to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu by 12 pm on Thursday, January 31st. Questions? Contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

May/July 2019 Graduates – Important Graduation Step – Name Confirmation

All students who are graduating in May or July should check the spelling of their name by February 1st.  Please log into TUPortal, click Self-Service Banner, Student Tab, Student Records, and Apply to Graduate.  You should check the spelling of your name carefully.  This is how it will appear in the Commencement Book and on your diploma.  Questions?  Contact Kathy Wilson at kilson@temple.edu.

PABOLE Temple Law Visit

We are delighted to let you know that the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will visit the law school on February 6th at 12 pm in K2A and 5 pm in K1D. This event will be live-streamed so that all can participate.  The PABOLE will discuss the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and the admissions process.  This is a helpful presentation that includes information about the character and fitness process and we hope you will attend.  Questions?  Please contact jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

ACE Sessions – What to Do After First Semester Grades

Please join ACE Counselors, Prof. Shellenberger, and Mai Le for a helpful discussion on what to do after first semester grades and how to develop strategies for the spring semester. The day session will be held on Tuesday, January 29th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A and the evening session will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 5:30 to 6:20 pm in K2A. Food will be served. Questions?  Contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

PMC’s Law Student Writing Competition- Win $5000!

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Law Student Writing Competition deadline is quickly approaching. Send your submission to writingcontest@pmconline.org by Friday, February 8th for a chance to win $5,000!

Library Information Session 

Introduction to Foreign Comparative & International Law Research – Tuesday, February 5th, 12 pm in K6A. An overview of researching a variety of foreign, comparative, and international law topics.

Temple Law School Blood Drive

Tuesday, February 12th, 11 am to 4 pm.  Make an appointment online:  Sign Up!

Philadelphia Business Journal – Mentoring Monday

Mentoring Monday is a “speed coaching” event that brings together women in a casual, fast-paced atmosphere to network and offer career advice, tips and guidance.  The event will be done in partnership with 43 American City Business Journals. Join us on Monday, February 25th!

Student ticket prices will be reduced to $35.  Here is a direct link to the registration site:  https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/event/163356/2019/2019-bizwomen-mentoring-monday. Please use promotional code: STUDENT 2019.

The Alford Excellence Award Scholarship – $3000 Scholarship Opportunity!

Every year the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association awards a $3000 scholarship to at least three future practitioners who will sit for the July 2019 Delaware Bar Exam. The 2019 Alford Excellence Scholarship Application is due by April 12, 2019. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship is a competitive scholarship program that makes annual monetary awards to qualified, outstanding graduating African-American female law students.  Scholarships recipients are eligible to receive two separate categories of monetary awards (bar application and preparation and employment incentive) for a total of $10,000.  Interested students can review the eligibility criteria, program description, and apply here by February 16, 2019.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers first-year law students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organization.  See the LCLD flyer and LCLD 1L Scholar website for more information.  Application deadlines vary by firm and organization.  Questions?  Email lcareer@temple.edu.

Mindful Mondays

Join Mindful Mondays every Monday at noon in K5B until April 22nd.  Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention on purpose to the present moment without judgement.  Significant research demonstrates that this practice can help reduce stress, increase productivity, and promote physical and mental well-being.  No experience is necessary.

MPRE

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is a two hour, 60 question multiple choice examination that is administered three times a year.  The first test date for 2019 is March 23rd.  Regular registration is due by January 24th.  The registration fee is $145.  Find more information here.

Fingerprinting for the PA Bar – New Procedure

Beginning in January 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will require all applicants to the bar to submit their fingerprints to IdentoGo (the Company contracted by the State of Pennsylvania) in order to have their federal criminal history record provided to the PA Board for use in the character and fitness review.  Applicants must submit their fingerprint to IdentoGo, and no other provider.  IdentoGo has facilities across the state.  Applicants must apply to the bar before they will be able to submit their fingerprints to the Board.  The Board does not have a deadline for applicants to meet this requirement.  However, like all other required documentation for admission, the faster the applicant does their part to complete the file, the earlier the file goes into the queue for initial approval or denial.  A summary of the process will eventually be make available on the Board’s website.

Spring 2019 – Week 2

Career Planning Information

PIPS Primer  Join Jorge C. Godoy, Jr. and Kristen Davis of the Office of Career Services on Tuesday, January 22nd from 12 to 1 pm in K2A for an informational discussion about the PIPS Job Fair.  They will discuss what to expect, interview preparation, and other important details about the event.  This will be an opportunity to ask questions as we all work together to make the most of this special yearly event.

Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Job Fair The annual PIPS Job Fair will take place on Friday, January 25th from 9 am  to 5 pm at the Temple University Center City Campus.  Students should have received a tentative schedule of interviews.  Open slots will be available for student sign up, starting Saturday, January 19th.  Students should check their email inbox with instructions on how to sign up for open slot interviews.  Questions? Contact Andrew Prinzivalli at Andrew.prinzivalli@temple.edu

Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program Application

The application for the 2019-2020 Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program is now open. The FJC Honors Program is a 6 credit year-long experiential program in which students work for federal judges and participate in the practical aspects of jurisprudence. Students draft orders, research issues, prepare bench memoranda, and observe judicial proceedings. Students are expected to spend approximately ten hours a week in chambers and attend a bi-weekly classroom seminar taught by the Honorable Mitchell Goldberg. The seminar meets Wednesday mornings at the Federal Courthouse. The Honors Program is open to rising 3L Day, 3 & 4L Part-Time Day, and 3 & 4L Evening Division Students. Students will be selected by a committee of law school faculty and administrators. Upon selection, you will be matched with a federal judge. Participating judges include those located in Philadelphia and Camden. Philadelphia and Camden judges are easily accessible via car or public transportation.  The application for this program can be found here and is due to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu by 12 pm on Thursday, January 31st. Questions? Contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

May/July 2019 Graduates – Important Graduation Step – Name Confirmation

All students who are graduating in May or July should check the spelling of their name by February 1st.  Please log into TUPortal, click Self-Service Banner, Student Tab, Student Records, and Apply to Graduate.  You should check the spelling of your name carefully.  This is how it will appear in the Commencement Book and on your diploma.  Questions?  Contact Kathy Wilson at kilson@temple.edu.

PABOLE Temple Law Visit

We are delighted to let you know that the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will visit the law school on February 6th at 12 pm in K2A and 5 pm in K1D. This event will be live-streamed so that all can participate.  The PABOLE will discuss the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and the admissions process.  This is a helpful presentation that includes information about the character and fitness process and we hope you will attend.  Questions?  Please contact jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

2019 Rome Global Scholar Program – Information Session

The Office of Graduate and International Programs is hosting information sessions about the Temple Law Rome Summer Program on Tuesday, January 22nd at 12 pm in K1C and 5 pm in K1E.  Pizza will be served.  Questions?  Contact Assistant Dean John Smagula at john.smagula@temple.edu.

Research Refresher and Library Information Sessions – Plan to Attend!

The library has several information sessions to help you dive into the new semester:

Faculty Research Assistants Training – Tuesday, January 22nd, 12 pm. An introduction to library services and research databases (beyond Lexis and Westlaw) of use when working as a faculty research assistant.

Introduction to Foreign Comparative & International Law Research – Tuesday, February 5th, 12 pm. An overview of researching a variety of foreign, comparative, and international law topics. Look for room locations on the Law School events calendar.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers first-year law students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organization.  See the LCLD flyer and LCLD 1L Scholar website for more information.  Application deadlines vary by firm and organization.  Questions?  Email lcareer@temple.edu.

1L/2LE Application Open for the Law and Public Policy Program in Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in the DC Program with Professor Knauer?  Please note that the 1L/2LE Priority Deadline passed and the Final Deadline is January 25, 2019. For details about the program, please go to https://www.law.temple.edu/academics/experinetial/tlpp/.  You can also view the information session that describes the Program here.  Please contact Professor Knauer  (nancy.knauer@temple.edu) if you have any questions about the Program. Please apply both on the CPM and email your application materials to Professor Nancy J. Knauer (nancy.knauer@temple.edu). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and space is limited.  If admitted to the Program, you will be asked to focus your job search for this summer solely in Washington, D.C. and discontinue your job search in any other locations.

ACE Sessions – What to Do After First Semester Grades

Please join ACE Counselors, Prof. Shellenberger, and Mai Le for a helpful discussion on what to do after first semester grades and how to develop strategies for the spring semester. The day session will be held on Tuesday, January 29th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A and the evening session will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 5:30 to 6:20 pm in K2A. Food will be served. Questions?  Contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

Mindful Mondays

Mindful Mondays return this semester!  Every Monday at noon in K5B starting January 28th until April 22nd.  Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention on purpose to the present moment without judgement.  Significant research demonstrates that this practice can help reduce stress, increase productivity, and promote physical and mental well-being.  No experience is necessary.

Temple Men’s Basketball Game

This Saturday, January 19th at 5 pm at the Liacouras Center we play our cross town rivals the University of Pennsylvania.  Tickets are free with our student ID.  And it’s $1 hotdog day!

MPRE

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is a two hour, 60 question multiple choice examination that is administered three times a year.  The first test date for 2019 is March 23rd.  Regular registration is due by January 24th.  The registration fee is $145.  Find more information here.

Fingerprinting for the PA Bar – New Procedure

Beginning in January 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will require all applicants to the bar to submit their fingerprints to IdentoGo (the Company contracted by the State of Pennsylvania) in order to have their federal criminal history record provided to the PA Board for use in the character and fitness review.  Applicants must submit their fingerprint to IdentoGo, and no other provider.  IdentoGo has facilities across the state.  Applicants must apply to the bar before they will be able to submit their fingerprints to the Board.  The Board does not have a deadline for applicants to meet this requirement.  However, like all other required documentation for admission, the faster the applicant does their part to complete the file, the earlier the file goes into the queue for initial approval or denial.  A summary of the process will eventually be make available on the Board’s website.

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship is a competitive scholarship program that makes annual monetary awards to qualified, outstanding graduating African-American female law students.  Scholarships recipients are eligible to receive two separate categories of monetary awards (bar application and preparation and employment incentive) for a total of $10,000.  Interested students can review the eligibility criteria, program description, and apply here by February 16, 2019.

Spring 2019 – Week 1

Grade Roll (Monday January 14, 2019) and Late Add/Drop Assistance

Just a reminder that grades will roll after 4PM on Monday, January 14, 2019.  Any student needing assistance (including late add/drops as a result of a fall exam grade) can stop by Student Affairs in Barrack 103 or email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.  We will have extended hours until 7PM on Monday.  Good luck and do not hesitate to reach out!

May/July 2019 Graduates – Important Graduation Step – Name Confirmation

Although it is the first week of the semester we are already planning for graduation.  All students who are graduating in May or July should check the spelling of your name by February 1, 2019.  Please log into TUPortal, click Self-Service Banner, Student Tab, Student Records, and Apply to Graduate.  You should check the spelling of your name carefully.  This is how it will appear in the Commencement Book and on your diploma.  Questions?  Contact Kathy Wilson at kilson@temple.edu.

Samuel T. Gomez Scholarship – Apply Now!

The Samuel T. Gomez scholarship was established in memory of Samuel T. Gomez, a graduate of Temple Law School, who dedicated his life to serving the underprivileged, disenfranchised and abused.  Every other year the scholarship is awarded to a student at Temple University Beasley School of Law, who demonstrates scholastic achievement and who shares Sam Gomez’s commitment to community service.  The award will be presented by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation at the Lunar Banquet on Friday, February 1, 2019.  The recipient must be able to attend the banquet in order to receive the scholarship.  More information and application form is available here.  The application deadline is January 18, 2019.

2019 Rome Global Scholar Program – Information Session

The Office of Graduate and International Programs is hosting information sessions about the Temple Law Rome Summer Program on Tuesday, January 22 at 12PM (K1C) and 5PM (K1E).  Pizza will be served!  Questions?  Contact Assistant Dean John Smagula at john.smagula@temple.edu.

Research Refresher and Library Information Sessions – Plan to Attend!

Welcome back from break! The library has several information sessions to help you dive into the new semester:

Westlaw Edge – Your Westlaw account switched to a new platform, Westlaw Edge, on January 1. In addition to a new look, Westlaw Edge will have new features.  Plan to attend a training session on Westlaw Edge Tuesday, January 8 at noon or Wednesday, January 9 at 5 p.m.  To learn more about Westlaw Edge, visit the Westlaw site, contact Temple’s Westlaw rep Erica Hines (erica.hines@thomsonreuters.com) or ask a librarian.

Ready, Set, Research – Tuesday, January 15, 12PM. See a term project on the syllabus? Attend this session to learn about information resources and productivity tools to help keep you on track.

Faculty Research Assistants Training – Tuesday, January 22, 12PM. An introduction to library services and research databases (beyond Lexis and Westlaw) of use when working as a faculty research assistant.

Introduction to Foreign Comparative & International Law Research – Tuesday, February 5, 12PM. An overview of researching a variety of foreign, comparative, and international law topics. Look for room locations on the Law School events calendar.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers first-year law students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organization.  See the LCLD flyer and LCLD 1L Scholar website for more information.  Application deadlines vary by firm and organization.  Questions?  Email lcareer@temple.edu.

Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG) Fellows Program

The PDLG Fellows Program (formerly known as the PDLG Summer 1L Program) offers diverse first year law students a route to summer employment at law firms and legal departments. Please visit the website for program eligibility and to download the application.  Questions?  Contact lcareer@temple.edu.

2019 ACCGP Corporate Diversity Summer Internship Program

Join representatives of the Association of Corporate Counsel for the Greater Philadelphia Area (ACCGP) for an information session about their Corporate Diversity Summer Internship Program on January 16, 2019 at 12-1 p.m. in Klein 1C.  Questions?  Email lcareer@temple.edu.

1L/2LE Application Open for the Law and Public Policy Program in Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in the DC Program with Professor Knauer?  Please note that the 1L/2LE Priority Deadline is today January 11, 2019 and the Final Deadline is January 25, 2019. We encourage you to submit your application by the Priority Deadline because demand for the Program typically exceeds the number of available spaces. For details about the program, please go to https://www.law.temple.edu/academics/experinetial/tlpp/.   You can also view the information session that describes the Program here.  Please contact Professor Knauer  (nancy.knauer@temple.edu) if you have any questions about the Program. Please apply both on the CPM and email your application materials to Professor Nancy J. Knauer (nancy.knauer@temple.edu). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and space is limited.  If admitted to the Program, you will be asked to focus your job search for this summer solely in Washington, D.C. and discontinue your job search in any other locations.

Fingerprinting for the PA Bar – New Procedure

Beginning in January 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will require all applicants to the bar to submit their fingerprints to IdentoGo (the Company contracted by the State of Pennsylvania) in order to have their federal criminal history record provided to the PA Board for use in the character and fitness review.  Applicants must submit their fingerprint to IdentoGo, and no other provider.  IdentoGo has facilities across the state.  Applicants must apply to the bar before they will be able to submit their fingerprints to the Board.  The Board does not have a deadline for applicants to meet this requirement.  However, like all other required documentation for admission, the faster the applicant does their part to complete the file, the earlier the file goes into the queue for initial approval or denial.  A summary of the process will eventually be make available on the Board’s website.

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship is a competitive scholarship program that makes annual monetary awards to qualified, outstanding graduating African-American female law students.  Scholarships recipients are eligible to receive two separate categories of monetary awards (bar application and preparation and employment incentive) for a total of $10,000.  Interested students can review the eligibility criteria, program description, and apply here by February 16, 2019.