Spring 2019 – Week 15

Reminders for All May & July 2019 Graduates

Mandatory Student Affairs Visit

Friday from 10 am to 3 pm is the last day to stop by Student Affairs (Barrack Hall, Suite 103) to receive information about graduation and regalia, your parking pass, and register your vote for your favorite professor for the Williams Award.

Children at Graduation

At Temple, there is a tradition that has been passed down from year to year that graduates who have children bring them up to the stage to accompany them as they receive their diplomas. (Children don’t sit with you for the whole ceremony; your family can bring them down to you when they see you line up to go on stage). We like to collect the names of the children who will be joining our graduates on stage and try to announce their names as well. We make no guarantees that this will work, but if we’re able to do it, we think your children will enjoy it.  If you’re interested, you should e-mail Kathy Wilson at kilson@temple.edu with your children’s names (first name only please) and whether they are daughters or sons.

Alumni Family

Graduates whose parents, grandparents, spouses or siblings received their law degrees from Temple Law School can make special arrangements to have their degrees presented by their family members. To be part of this group, please contact Dorothy Lee at dlee3@temple.edu no later than Monday, May 6th with the name of the alumni, their relation to you, their year of graduations, and a telephone number and e-mail address where you can be reached.

Spring Exams, Download Examsoft, & Help Desk

Spring exams begin next week! The last day of classes this semester is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th. The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.

If you are planning to take your in-class or free slot exams on a computer, it is now time to download your exam files. Your exams are available under “My Exams” in Examplify. If you experience any difficulty downloading the Exam Files, please stop by the 2nd Floor Help Desk at Klein for assistance. Staff will be available on April 22nd from 4 to 6 pm and April 23rd from 11 am to 1 pm and 4 to 6 pm. See you there!

Summer Course Schedule and Registration Information

The summer course schedule and registration information is now posted on the law school website and can be found here.  If you have questions please do not hesitate to reach out to jennifer.bretschenider@temple.edu.

Locker Clean Out

All 1L’s, 2L’s, & 3LE students will need to clean out their locker by May 7th.  Graduating students have until August 4th to clean out their lockers.  After these dates, the lockers will be cleaned out and anything remaining in the lockers will be thrown out.

Temple Law Review & Temple International & Comparative Law Journal – Intent to Participate

Students must submit by midnight on May 15th their intent to participate in either journal’s write-on.  If you intend to participate, please click here.

Student Interviewers Needed for Library Head of Public Services Candidates

On-campus interviews for law library Head of Public Services candidates will be held May 1-3.  The search committee would like students to have input into the hiring of this important position, which includes teaching and student outreach responsibilities.  Currently the student portion of the interview is scheduled from 11:30-12 each day.  Please consider volunteering for one or more days; you’ll review the candidate’s resume, formulate questions, and, after the interview, write down your thoughts on the candidate.  If interested, or if you’d like to know more, please email Julie Randolph at julie.randolph@temple.edu.

The Sovereignty Symposium XXXII

The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. will host The Sovereignty Symposium XXXII, June 5 to 6th, at Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hotel.  The Symposium is the premier conference on Indian Law.  Each year they invite law students to submit papers to the Chief Justice John B. Doolin writing competition.  The three winning papers are published in the annual Symposium book of materials on Indian Law. Cash prizes of $750.00, $500.00, and $250.00 are awarded. The Symposium also awards the Hargrave Prize of $1,500, $1,000 and $750.00 for the best three original and unpublished papers submitted by faculty or other legal scholars. Find information on both competitions here.

FFZ Fellowship – A 12 Week Paid Fellowship for a 2019 Graduate

The Foster, Flowers and Ziomek Legal Fellowship – named for three Philadelphia lawyers admired for their commitment to pro bono, mentoring, and collegiality in the profession – is a paid opportunity designed to provide a recent law school graduate with a strong foundation to begin a legal career in Philadelphia. The Fellowship is a paid, 12-week, full-time immersion in civil pro bono at Philadelphia VIP. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by June 7th. More details available here.

Semester Abroad in Japan

Expand Your J.D. Education in Tokyo! Attend the only full-time J.D. semester abroad program in Japan accredited by the American Bar Association. Learn international, comparative, and U.S. law from an outstanding faculty composed of globally educated professors and practitioners. Students are immersed in international culture daily as they interact with law students from Japan and around the world, Temple’s faculty, and the legal and business community. Open to 2L, 3L, evening, and part-time program students who have completed their first year of study and are in good academic and disciplinary standing at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school. Learn more and apply here!

School Designed Practicums

Up to date approval and registration Practicum forms are available on the website. You will also find the Fall 2019 School Designed Practicum Catalogue here, which details experiential opportunities in a range of fields including compliance, criminal law, immigration, and tax. Make sure to continue to keep an eye out for updates to this list in the Post; this week’s update includes an exciting opportunity in Contracts with the Thomas Jefferson Innovation Pillar. Practicum questions? Reach out to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

External Clinic – Federal Reentry Court

The Federal Reentry Court Clinic is just one of our incredible external clinical learning opportunities.  In this clinic, students assist previously incarcerated federal prisoners in successfully reentering the community through the Supervision to Aid Reentry Court (STAR) program in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Under the supervision of practicing attorneys, students will interview and counsel clients, draft pleadings, conduct fact investigations, and represent clients in court proceedings. Students will assist participants on legal matters, including challenging traffic citations and fines, obtaining/restoring driving privileges, establishing affordable payment plans for court costs and fines, waiving supervision fees, challenging default judgments entered while incarcerated, business planning/non-profit formation, obtaining no fault divorces, and landlord/tenant disputes. A student has said of this experience, “Law students are given the opportunity to hone and practice their skills in many different areas of law and be a part of positive change for both individuals and the community. Re-entry has been the most impactful experience of my law school career and overall has not only made me a better lawyer but a better person.”

This is a yearlong clinic for 3Ls, with 3 credits awarded in the Fall semester and 3 credits awarded in the Spring semester. Students will attend a classroom component every other Thursday evening from 4 to 6 pm along with either biweekly Tuesday morning or biweekly Wednesday afternoon Reentry Court. Participation in this clinic does not prevent students from also participating in other clinics during their 3L year. The CRN for Fall 2019 is 28352. Any questions please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu.

Philadelphia Bar Association Judicial Commission – 2019 Election Day Voter Outreach

The Philadelphia Bar Association needs you on election day to hand out the Judicial Commission’s ratings. Please volunteer to sign up for one or both Election Day shifts.  Volunteers are needed to work at polling places across Philadelphia on May 21 from 7 to 10 am and 5 to 8 pm.  Handing out the ratings at polling places will help to educate voters as to which candidates are highly recommended or recommended by the Commission as they are preparing to cast important votes for judicial vacancies.  You can sign up to work either or both shifts at: https://forms.gle/yYWEkMQ5o9WKarza7. Please pass on this information to anyone you know who might be interested in volunteering to help.  Remember, you do not need to be an attorney to participate in this effort, so encourage your non-attorney friends to volunteer as well.  Please ask them to sign up via the above link.

Need a Notary Public for the Bar Application?

Professor Kathy Mandelbaum is a Notary Public and is happy to notarize documents (if necessary) for the bar application.  Professor Mandelbaum is in K518 – please stop by or email to set a time (kathy.mandelbaum@temple.edu).

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

Kelley Drye Diversity Scholarship

In support of their commitment to diversity and inclusion, Kelley Drye is offering a $25,000 diversity scholarship award and paid summer associate position to an outstanding second-year law student who belongs to a diverse population that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. You can learn more about the scholarship here. The application period will begin June 1, 2019 and close July 31, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply soon! Please contact recruiting@kelleydrye.com with any additional questions.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Spring 2019 – Week 14

Mandatory: All May & July 2019 Graduates Please Stop By Student Affairs Beginning April 15th!

All May and July graduates should stop by Student Affairs beginning the week of April 15th. Please come by Barrack Hall, Suite 103 anytime that week (Monday to Thursday 10 am to 7 pm and Friday 10 am to 3 pm) to receive information about graduation and regalia, your parking pass, and register your vote for your favorite professor for the Williams Award.  Don’t forget to accept your 2019 Graduates Canvas page invitation if you have not done so already!  We are looking forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks before Graduation!

Summer Work Study Help Desk & Law Foundation Matching Funds Application 

Financial Aid Staff will be available at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of Klein on April 15th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Stop by to get all of your questions answered about Summer Work Study and the Law Foundation Matching Funds application process, which opens on April 15th at 10 am!

Time to Download Spring Exam Files – Help Desk Available Next Week

If you are planning to take your in-class or free slot exams on a computer, it is now time to download your exam files. Your exams are available under “My Exams” in Examplify. If you experience any difficulty downloading the Exam Files, please stop by the Help Desk at the times listed below.
Stop by the 2nd Floor Information Desk at Klein for exam software / exam download assistance. Staff will be available on:
  • April 16th – 11 am to 1 pm
  • April 17th – 11 am to 1 pm & 4 to 5:30 pm
  • April 18th – 11 am to 1 pm
  • April 22nd – 4 to 6 pm
  • April 23rd – 11 am to 1 pm & 4 to 6 pm

See you there!

Interested in a Career in Tax?

Learn more about the rich diversity of practice settings and practice areas that make Tax such a rewarding field.  Panelists include lawyers working in state and federal governments, in private practice, and doing pro bono work; their practices span entity taxation, international tax, state and local tax, issues facing low income taxpayers, tax controversy and litigation, judicial clerkships, and employee benefits.  Join us on Monday, April 15th at 12 pm in K1E.  Lunch will be provided.

Big Law Week

Big law firms from our region will host an informal meet and greet lunch reception for 1L students on the second floor of Klein – students can stop by, grab some lunch, and say a brief hello.  Spend a little time with a different firm each day of the week – and let them wish you good luck as you wrap up this academic year.

  • Monday 4/15 – Reed Smith & Stradley Ronon
  • Tuesday 4/16 – Ballard Spahr & Drinker Biddle
  • Wednesday 4/17 – Dechert & Skadden
  • Thursday 4/18 – Pepper Hamilton

The receptions will be held on the 2nd floor of Klein, in the alcoves on either side of the main stairs from 12 to 1:30 pm. See you there!

The 75th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philadelphia

The International Labour Organization, in partnership with Temple University, invites you to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Philadelphia on April 17th at two events, “The Changing Nature of Work” (with moderator Professor Brishen Rogers and featuring remarks by Senator Bob Casey) and “In Conditions of Freedom and Dignity: Realizing Decent Work”. Register for these events here.

Semester Abroad in Japan

Expand Your J.D. Education in Tokyo! Attend the only full-time J.D. semester abroad program in Japan accredited by the American Bar Association. Learn international, comparative, and U.S. law from an outstanding faculty composed of globally educated professors and practitioners. Students are immersed in international culture daily as they interact with law students from Japan and around the world, Temple’s faculty, and the legal and business community. Open to 2L, 3L, evening, and part-time program students who have completed their first year of study and are in good academic and disciplinary standing at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school. Learn more and apply here!

School Designed Practicums

Up to date approval and registration Practicum forms are available on the website. You will also find the Fall 2019 School Designed Practicum Catalogue here, which details experiential opportunities in a range of fields including compliance, criminal law, immigration, and tax. Make sure to continue to keep an eye out for updates to this list in the Post- this week’s update includes an exciting new Practicum in Mergers & Acquisitions supervised by Professor Arewa! Practicum questions? Reach out to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

Spring Exams

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.

Philadelphia Bar Association Judicial Commission – 2019 Election Day Voter Outreach

The Philadelphia Bar Association needs you on election day to hand out the Judicial Commission’s ratings. Please volunteer to sign up for one or both Election Day shifts.  Volunteers are needed to work at polling places across Philadelphia on May 21 from 7 to 10 am and 5 to 8 pm.  Handing out the ratings at polling places will help to educate voters as to which candidates are highly recommended or recommended by the Commission as they are preparing to cast important votes for judicial vacancies.  You can sign up to work either or both shifts at: https://forms.gle/yYWEkMQ5o9WKarza7. Please pass on this information to anyone you know who might be interested in volunteering to help.  Remember, you do not need to be an attorney to participate in this effort, so encourage your non-attorney friends to volunteer as well.  Please ask them to sign up via the above link.

Need a Notary Public for the Bar Application?

Professor Kathy Mandelbaum is a Notary Public and is happy to notarize documents (if necessary) for the bar application.  Professor Mandelbaum is in K518 – please stop by or email to set a time (kathy.mandelbaum@temple.edu).

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

Kelley Drye Diversity Scholarship

In support of their commitment to diversity and inclusion, Kelley Drye is offering a $25,000 diversity scholarship award and paid summer associate position to an outstanding second-year law student who belongs to a diverse population that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. You can learn more about the scholarship here. The application period will begin June 1, 2019 and close July 31, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply soon! Please contact recruiting@kelleydrye.com with any additional questions.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Spring 2019 – Week 13

1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament

Looking forward to seeing you, your friends, and family tomorrow, Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am for Temple Law’s 1st Annual Kickball Tournament! You can register here if you have not already:  https://goo.gl/forms/ogrcl6gQeRWyaICs2

Spring Exam Conflict Forms Due Monday April 8th!

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Tools for Success in Summer & Practice: Navigating Difficult Dialogues

Join IDEAL and the Dean’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion on April 8th from 4 to 5 pm in K2A for a workshop to provide tools to help navigate difficult conversations that can arise with peers, supervisors and clients – in classes as well as at work.

A Discussion on the Effect of Criminal Records

Join a discussion on the effect of criminal records with Zane Johnson, attorney with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, on April 8th from 12 to 1pm in K1A. This event is cosponsored by The Expungement Project and Public Interest Programs.

Volunteer Jurors for the LLM for Trial Advocacy Program

The Law School’s LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program is seeking volunteer mock jurors for our upcoming LL.M. Final Trials on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th.We are looking for up to 60 jurors on Saturday and 40 on Sunday. We are in need of student volunteers to sit as jurors.  Our LL.M. students will be trying two different cases on both days, one is a criminal trial, the other is civil.

We will be holding our final trials at the Criminal Justice Center (1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102), and anticipate actual courtroom surroundings will give an added sense of realism and make the day much more compelling for all involved.

Participating mock jurors are to arrive at the Criminal Justice Center and sign in at the registration table outside Courtroom 504 no later than 8:30 am. All jurors will be impaneled and will deliberate on the verdict. This is an all-day commitment – jurors should plan to stay until 5 pm.

Please RSVP to Professor Braccia at marian.braccia@temple.edu.

Temple International & Comparative Law Journal Write-On Training

The Temple International and Comparative Law Journal will hold write-on training sessions.  The training will cover how to approach the various write-on components as well as general tips for a successful write-on.  We will reference substantive Bluebook Rules as well as the process for completing the write-on materials.  Please join us on Tuesday, April 9th from 12 to 1 pm in K1D or Thursday, April 11th from 5 to 6 pm in K6A.

ACE Sessions – Exam Strategies

Please join ACE Counselors, Prof. Shellenberger, and Mai Le for a helpful discussion on tackling exams this semester. These will be the final sessions before the end of the semester!

  • April 9th from 12 to 1 pm in K2B for Section 1
  • April 10th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A for Section 2
  • April 10th from 5:30 to 6:20 pm in K2A for Section 51
  • April 11th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A for Section 3

Food will be served. Questions?  Contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

Temple Law National Trial Team Auditions

First round auditions for spots on the 2019-20 National Trial Team will be held on Thursday, April 11th, from 9 am to 5 pm and, if needed, Friday, April 12th, from 9 am to 1 pm.  All (non-graduating) current students are eligible to audition. Please sign up for an audition time beginning at 1 pm on Tuesday, April 2nd in Klein, Room 612, with Mary Beth Wilson or via email at mwilson6@temple.edu.

Students should be prepared to give an opening statement [either side] from the file or case you are currently using in LRW or ITA/ITAP.  1Ls enrolled in LRW, please prepare an opening statement from the “assignment” on which your oral argument is based.  Upper level students currently enrolled in ITA or ITAP, please prepare an opening statement in the case assigned for your final trial.  You will have approximately 5 minutes for your statement, although you need/should not attempt to complete the entire opening in 5 minutes. You may be interrupted and asked to address a particular part of the case and how it bears on the argument. You may also be asked to speak extemporaneously about a topic of our choosing. Finally, you may be interviewed about your background, schedule and commitment.

Please review Audition Information and Materials posted to the National Trial Team ‘Auditions’ Webpage here:

  • Memo to Prospective Trial Team Members
  • Opening Statements Narrated PowerPoint
  • Opening Statements Articles
  • Video Samples of Opening and Closings:
    • Prosecution Opening
    • Defense Opening
    • Prosecution Closing (Excerpt)

Fellowship Panel & Workshop

Join the Office of Public Interest Programs, current and former fellows, faculty, and your classmates on April 11th from 12 to 1 pm in K1D for this essential introduction to and overview of post-graduate legal fellowship opportunities.  This is a “can’t miss” event for anyone interested in learning more about fellowship opportunities, preparation/planning, deadlines – and all the available resources here on campus to help along the way.  Lunch will be provided.

Love for the City Award Luncheon

Join us on April 11th at noon in Shusterman Hall for the Love for the City Award Luncheon, honoring Dawn Staley’s Contributions to Sports and Society. Order tickets here: https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/loveforthecity2019/

School Designed Practicums

Practicum forms (both approval and registration), with updated deadlines for the 2019 to 2020 academic year, are now posted to the website. You may now also find the Fall 2019 School Designed Practicum Catalogue here, which details experiential opportunities in a range of fields including compliance, criminal law, immigration, and tax. Make sure to continue to keep an eye out for updates to this list in the Post. Practicum questions? Reach out to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

Mandatory: All May & July 2019 Graduates Please Stop By Student Affairs Beginning April 15th!

All May and July graduates should stop by Student Affairs beginning the week of April 15th. Please come by Barrack Hall, Suite 103 anytime that week (Monday to Thursday 10 am to 7 pm and Friday 10 am to 3 pm) to receive information about graduation and regalia, your parking pass, and register your vote for your favorite professor for the Williams Award.  Don’t forget to accept your 2019 Graduates Canvas page invitation if you have not done so already!  We are looking forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks before Graduation!

Summer Work Study Help Desk & Law Foundation Matching Funds Application 

Financial Aid Staff will be available at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of Klein on April 15th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Stop by to get all of your questions answered about Summer Work Study and the Law Foundation Matching Funds application process, which opens on April 15th at 10 am!

Interested in a Career in Tax?

Learn more about the rich diversity of practice settings and practice areas that make Tax such a rewarding field.  Panelists include lawyers working in state and federal governments, in private practice, and doing pro bono work; their practices span entity taxation, international tax, state and local tax, issues facing low income taxpayers, tax controversy and litigation, judicial clerkships, and employee benefits.  Join us on Monday, April 15th at 12 pm in K1E.  Lunch will be provided.

Kelley Drye Diversity Scholarship

In support of their commitment to diversity and inclusion, Kelley Drye is offering a $25,000 diversity scholarship award and paid summer associate position to an outstanding second-year law student who belongs to a diverse population that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. You can learn more about the scholarship here. The application period will begin June 1, 2019 and close July 31, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply soon! Please contact recruiting@kelleydrye.com with any additional questions.

Public Health Courses with Professor Burris & the Certificate in Public Health 

There are two Public Health courses with Professor Scott Burris offered this Fall, 2019: Public Health Law and Empirical Legal Research Methods: Health Policy. Public Health Law surveys the broad terrain of law and the public’s health while Empirical Legal Research Methods provides a comprehensive introduction to the scientific methods for measuring law and its effects. These are sequence courses (interested students would take Public Health Law then Empirical Legal Research Methods).

These two courses are offered in collaboration with the College of Public Health as the basis for a Certificate in Public Health Law (pending approval). The two other courses for the Certificate will be offered by the College of Public Health: Multivariate Statistics and Health Law Research Project. Over the four course set, students will learn to conceptualize, design, and conduct an evaluation research project. Please note that JD students who do not wish to get the Certificate will still be able to take the two law school courses as part of the normal JD curriculum.

Need a Notary Public for the Bar Application?

Professor Kathy Mandelbaum is a Notary Public and is happy to notarize documents (if necessary) for the bar application.  Professor Mandelbaum is in K518 – please stop by or email to set a time (kathy.mandelbaum@temple.edu).

Ways to Connect with Al Otro Lado

Feeling inspired by the Sheller Center Talk with Nicole Ramos ’07, of Al Otro Lado? Here are ways for you to stay involved:

  1. Al Otro Lado Border Rights Project Wishlist for supplies: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoWishlist
  2. Volunteer Application including remote opportunities. Also provides useful information for interpreters, health care professionals, social workers, and others: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoVolunteers
  3. To sign up for week and weekend trips to Tijuana: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoTijuanaTrips
  4. Financial donations: https://alotrolado.networkforgood.com/. For questions about fundraising in general, or how you can be involved in remote fundraising, please contact Daniella Ortiz-Padilla at dani@alotrolado.org
  5. To receive acknowledgement of your donation, please fill out their In-Kind Donation Form and contact Daniella Ortiz-Padilla at dani@alotrolado.org. Here is the form: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoDonationForm
  6. Great Nonprofits is an opportunity to write reviews of volunteer experiences. This is connected to Guidestar, which helps funders. Please suggest to volunteers that you’ve worked with, and who you think have insightful and helpful comments to share, that they write a review here: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/al-otro-lado-inc
  7. Facebook volunteers group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/308974436499223/
  8. Like Al Otro Lado on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter
  9. For media requests, please contact Erika Pinheiro, erika@alotrolado.org, or Nicole Ramos, nicole@alotrolado.org.

Philadelphia Bar Association Student Memberships 

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association? The Board of Governors is sponsoring a number of student memberships so that you can join for free! If you are interested, please email Amber Racine at amracine@rayneslaw.com.

Workout Wednesdays – Spring Restart

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

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 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 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

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; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.

Spring 2019 – Week 12

Course Registration – Priority Course Selection Begins Next Week

Course registration begins next week.  All students will be permitted to select a Priority Course(s).  Please plan ahead and review the course schedule , the Faculty Academic Advising Presentations which can be found on this page and the registration timeline – there have been some changes and new courses have been added.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out (jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu).

Mandatory: All May & July 2019 Graduates Please Stop By Student Affairs

All May and July graduates should stop by Student Affairs beginning the week of April 15th. Please come by Barrack Hall, Suite 103 anytime that week (Monday to Thursday 10 am to 7 pm and Friday 10 am to 3 pm) to receive information about graduation and regalia, your parking pass, and register your vote for your favorite professor for the Williams Award.  Don’t forget to accept your 2019 Graduates Canvas page invitation if you have not done so already!  We are looking forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks before Graduation!

Temple Law National Trial Team Auditions

First round auditions for spots on the 2019-20 National Trial Team will be held on Thursday, April 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and, if needed, Friday, April 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All (non-graduating) current students are eligible to audition. Please sign up for an audition time beginning at 1:00pm on Tuesday, April 2nd in Klein, Room 612, with Mary Beth Wilson or via email at mwilson6@temple.edu.

Students should be prepared to give an opening statement [either side] from the file or case you are currently using in LRW or ITA/ITAP.  1Ls enrolled in LRW, please prepare an opening statement from the “assignment” on which your oral argument is based.  Upper level students currently enrolled in ITA or ITAP, please prepare an opening statement in the case assigned for your final trial.  You will have approximately 5 minutes for your statement, although you need/should not attempt to complete the entire opening in 5 minutes. You may be interrupted and asked to address a particular part of the case and how it bears on the argument. You may also be asked to speak extemporaneously about a topic of our choosing. Finally, you may be interviewed about your background, schedule and commitment.

INFORMATION SESSIONS will be held on MONDAY, APRIL 1st and TUESDAY, APRIL 2nd at 12pm in Room K6A. We encourage you to attend one of these sessions.  Please review Audition Information and Materials posted to the National Trial Team ‘Auditions’ Webpage here:

  • Memo to Prospective Trial Team Members
  • Opening Statements Narrated PowerPoint
  • Opening Statements Articles
  • Video Samples of Opening and Closings:
    • Prosecution Opening
    • Defense Opening
    • Prosecution Closing (Excerpt)

Public Health Courses with Professor Burris & the Certificate in Public Health 

There are two Public Health courses with Professor Scott Burris offered this Fall, 2019: Public Health Law and Empirical Legal Research Methods: Health Policy. Public Health Law surveys the broad terrain of law and the public’s health while Empirical Legal Research Methods provides a comprehensive introduction to the scientific methods for measuring law and its effects. These are sequence courses (interested students would take Public Health Law then Empirical Legal Research Methods).

These two courses are offered in collaboration with the College of Public Health as the basis for a Certificate in Public Health Law.  The two other courses for the Certificate will be offered by the College of Public Health: Multivariate Statistics and Health Law Research Project. Over the four course set, students will learn to conceptualize, design, and conduct an evaluation research project. Please note that JD students who do not wish to get the Certificate will still be able to take the two law school courses as part of the normal JD curriculum.

Faculty Academic Advising Panels

We hope you found the faculty academic advising panels useful. Feel free to visit this page for the recordings from the sessions on ITP, Tax Law, Immigration Law, Criminal Law, and Public Interest Law.

Immigration Law Panel with Temple in the City

Join Temple in the City on Friday, March 29th from 3 to 4:30 pm in Gladfelter 413 for a panel discussion on immigration law including DACA, asylum, and travel bans. The panel will include legal experts Renee Hykel Cuddy, Lauren Berkowitz, and Douglas Carman. Lauren Berkowitz (a recent Law graduate!) will also be discussing law school, law internships, and a career in the field of immigration law for students in attendance considering law school (if you are interested in sharing your experience as a law student!). Any questions and to RSVP please contact pscity@temple.edu.

A Conversation with Lara Bazelon

Join Rectify author and former Innocence Project director Lara Bazelon and Marissa Bluestine for a discussion about restorative justice on April 1st at 4 pm in the Moot Court Room. RSVP here: https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/bazelon-conversation2019/

Defense Logistics Agency Presentation

Please join us on April 2nd from 12 to 1 pm in K6B for a career presentation from Defense Logistics Agency. As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency manages the global supply chain – from raw materials to end user to disposition – for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations.

Green Lecture with Paul Butler

Join us for the 2019 Green Lecture, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men”, presented by Paul Butler on April 3rd at noon in the Moot Court Room. RSVP here:  https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/green2019/

TLR Write-On Training Session

Temple Law Review’s Write-On Training on April 3rd from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in K2A will cover how to approach each of the different components of the Volume 92 Write-On Packet. Additionally, general tips for approaching write-on as a whole will be discussed. We hope to see you there!

1L Networking Reception at City Hall

We invite the Temple Law Classes of 2021 and 2022 to meet members of the Philadelphia Legal community. This event will be held in Conversation Hall (second floor) in City Hall on April 4th from 5 to 7 pm. RSVP in the CPM on the Events page!

Practicums – Deadlines & School Designed Opportunities

Practicum forms, including updated deadlines for the 2019 to 2020 academic year, will be posted to the website in early April. The updated forms will include both (1) the registration form for school designed and approved practicums as well as (2) the form which is submitted for Dean Ramji-Nogales’ approval concerning independent, repeat, or for profit practicums.

Also in early April, the Fall 2019 School Designed Practicum list will be released. The list will detail excellent experiential opportunities in a range of fields including compliance, criminal law, immigration, and tax. Make sure to keep an eye out for it in the Post. Practicum questions? Reach out to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

Need a Notary Public for the Bar Application?

Professor Kathy Mandelbaum is a Notary Public and is happy to notarize documents (if necessary) for the bar application.  Professor Mandelbaum is in K518 – please stop by or email to set a time (kathy.mandelbaum@temple.edu).

1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament

Are you ready for some Kickball? The 1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am. Register your teams here: https://goo.gl/forms/ogrcl6gQeRWyaICs2 Invite your friends and family for a day of fun and community.

Tools for Success in Summer and Practice: Navigating Difficult Dialogues

Join IDEAL and the Dean’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion on April 8th from 4 to 5 pm in K2A for a workshop to provide tools to help navigate difficult conversations that can arise with peers, supervisors and clients – in classes as well as at work.

Love for the City Award Luncheon

Join us on April 11th at noon in Shusterman Hall for the Love for the City Award Luncheon, honoring Dawn Staley’s Contributions to Sports and Society. Order tickets here: https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/loveforthecity2019/

Ways to Connect with Al Otro Lado

Inspired by last week’s Sheller Center Talk with Nicole Ramos ’07, of Al Otro Lado? Here are ways for you to stay involved:

  1. Al Otro Lado Border Rights Project Wishlist for supplies: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoWishlist
  2. Volunteer Application including remote opportunities. Also provides useful information for interpreters, health care professionals, social workers, and others: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoVolunteers
  3. To sign up for week and weekend trips to Tijuana: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoTijuanaTrips
  4. Financial donations: https://alotrolado.networkforgood.com/. For questions about fundraising in general, or how you can be involved in remote fundraising, please contact Daniella Ortiz-Padilla at dani@alotrolado.org
  5. To receive acknowledgement of your donation, please fill out their In-Kind Donation Form and contact Daniella Ortiz-Padilla at dani@alotrolado.org. Here is the form: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoDonationForm
  6. Great Nonprofits is an opportunity to write reviews of volunteer experiences. This is connected to Guidestar, which helps funders. Please suggest to volunteers who you’ve worked with, and who you think have insightful and helpful comments to share, that they write a review here: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/al-otro-lado-inc
  7. Facebook volunteers group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/308974436499223/
  8. Like Al Otro Lado on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter
  9. For media requests, please contact Erika Pinheiro, erika@alotrolado.org, or Nicole Ramos, nicole@alotrolado.org.

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Philadelphia Bar Association Student Memberships 

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association? The Board of Governors is sponsoring a number of student memberships so that you can join for free! If you are interested, please email Amber Racine at amracine@rayneslaw.com.

Workout Wednesdays – Spring Restart

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

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 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 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

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; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.

Spring 2019 – Week 11

Ross Lecture in Litigation

Please join us on March 25th at 11:45 am in the Moot Court Room for the 2019 Ross Lecture, “The 10 year Anniversary of the NAS Report: Two Steps Forward or One Step Back?”, presented by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Academic Advising & Registration Help Desk

Stop by the Second Floor Information Desk at Klein Hall for academic advising and registration assistance. Staff will be available on March 25th and 26th from 11 am to 1 pm and 4 to 6 pm. See you there!

Faculty Academic Advising Panels

Have you attended your faculty academic advising panel of interest yet? There are two lunchtime panels remaining; please plan on attending at least one (lunch provided). The livestream links for two panels are also below.

The sessions will provide detailed academic advising for students interested in the field of law covered in the respective panel, will review the 2019-2020 academic schedule, and answer questions about courses, sequencing of courses, experiential programs, and more.

Federal Internship & Employment Student Symposium

The U.S. Office of Personnel is hosting the Federal Internship and Employment Student Symposium on Tuesday, March 26th from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Students have the option of participating virtually AND in-person. If you are interested in working for the federal government, please consider participating in this event. Click here for more information.  

Use this link to register to participate virtually: https://federalvirtualstudentsymposium.eventbrite.com

Use this link to register to attend in person: https://opmfederalstudentsymposium.eventbrite.com

Discussion on the Conflict in Venezuela

Join Temple’s Institute for International Law & Public Policy for a discussion on the Venezuelan crisis with Santiago Martínez, legal consultant to the Due Process of Law Foundation and the International Commission of Jurists, on March 27th from 12 to 1 pm (Check the LiveWhale calendar – room to be announced!).

SDAS Symposium – Except(ional) Students Access & Exclusion in the Philadelphia School System

There will be a guided panel discussion on March 28th from 5 to 7 pm in the Third Floor Lounge of Barrack Hall on special education in the Philadelphia school system, with a particular focus on access to resources and how special education students can be excluded from an equal student experience. Our panelists have varying experiences and viewpoints, ranging from special education attorneys to school personnel. Dinner will be served. Register here: mytlawconnection.com/SDAS2019. We hope to see you there.

1L Talent Show

Can you bust a move? Do your singing skills rival Mariah Carey? Are you the next Kevin Hart? Show off your skills at the 1L Talent Show on March 28th beginning at 7:30 pm in K1E. Stick around for fun, dancing, and karaoke!

Legal Careers in Federal Law Enforcement

Please RSVP by March 22 bit.ly/lawenforcementcareersfor this event on Thursday, March 28th at the Drexel Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy (1200 Chestnut Street). We anticipate the following schedule: Registration at 5 pm, Panel from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and Networking from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Consistent with the Feds in Philly program, there will be food and non-alcoholic beverages at the reception. See you there!

Phillies Spirit Day 

Temple Law is Philly proud. Celebrate the season home opener of the Philadelphia Phillies by wearing your best gear on March 28th. Remember the game against the Atlanta Braves starts at 3:05 pm at Citizens Bank Park.

Volunteers Needed – Re-Entry Program with the NFL Players Coalition

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is seeking volunteers to assist in a re-entry program with the NFL Players Coalition in a few weeks.  This will be an amazing and rewarding event assisting current and former NFL players with various legal needs.  We are expecting a big turnout and are in need of some more volunteers.

For those interested, we are looking for volunteers on March 28th from 6 to 8 pm and March 29th from 7 am to 4 pm. If you would like to help out, please reach out to Chad Lewis (chad.lewis@temple.edu) or Professor Jacobsen (kenneth.jacobsen@temple.edu). The SELS appreciates your willingness to assist!

Military Assistance Project: Post-Traumatic Stress, Military Veterans & a Lawyer’s Responsibility

This training, on March 29th from 12 to 3 pm at the University of  Pennsylvania Law School (Gittis Hall, 3501 Sansom Street) will provide advocates (attorneys and students) with the tools to provide trauma-informed lawyering through an understanding of PTSD that will allow them to: (1) understand how PTSD may relate to clients’ legal issues; (2) work productively with clients who have experienced trauma; (3) partner effectively with mental health professionals; and (4) develop trauma –informed lawyering/interviewing skills. Students are admitted for FREE! Visit the CPM, Events Page for more information and register here: https://bit.ly/2Gh4pLS

Need a Notary Public for the Bar Application?

Professor Kathy Mandelbaum is a Notary Public and is happy to notarize documents (if necessary) for the bar application.  Professor Mandelbaum is in K518 – please stop by or email to set a time (kathy.mandelbaum@temple.edu).

Public Health Courses with Professor Burris & the Certificate in Public Health 

There are two Public Health courses with Professor Scott Burris offered this Fall, 2019: Public Health Law and Empirical Legal Research Methods: Health Policy. Public Health Law surveys the broad terrain of law and the public’s health while Empirical Legal Research Methods provides a comprehensive introduction to the scientific methods for measuring law and its effects. These are sequence courses (interested students would take Public Health Law then Empirical Legal Research Methods).

These two courses are offered in collaboration with the College of Public Health as the basis for a Certificate in Public Health Law (pending approval). The two other courses for the Certificate will be offered by the College of Public Health: Multivariate Statistics and Health Law Research Project. Over the four course set, students will learn to conceptualize, design, and conduct an evaluation research project. Please note that JD students who do not wish to get the Certificate will still be able to take the two law school courses as part of the normal JD curriculum.

A Conversation with Lara Bazelon

Join Rectify author and former Innocence Project director Lara Bazelon and Marissa Bluestine for a discussion about restorative justice on April 1st at 4 pm in the Moot Court Room. RSVP here: https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/bazelon-conversation2019/

Green Lecture with Paul Butler

Join us for the 2019 Green Lecture, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men”, presented by Paul Butler on April 3rd at noon in the Moot Court Room. RSVP here:  https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/green2019/

1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament

Are you ready for some Kickball? The 1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am. Register your teams here: https://goo.gl/forms/ogrcl6gQeRWyaICs2 Invite your friends and family for a day of fun and community.

Love for the City Award Luncheon

Join us on April 11th at noon in Shusterman Hall for the Love for the City Award Luncheon, honoring Dawn Staley’s Contributions to Sports and Society. Order tickets here: https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/loveforthecity2019/

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Philadelphia Bar Association Student Memberships 

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association? The Board of Governors is sponsoring a number of student memberships so that you can join for free! If you are interested, please email Amber Racine at amracine@rayneslaw.com.

Workout Wednesdays – Spring Restart

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.

Canvas Site for May & July 2019 Graduates

We have a Canvas page for all 2019 Graduates.  We will use this page to let you know of important information regarding graduation.  Please accept your invitation if you have not done so already!

Antitrust Law 2019 Spring Meeting

Join the American Bar Association at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, D.C. from March 26th to 29th for the 67th Spring Meeting of the Section of Antitrust Law where competition and consumer protection meet. Last year there were over 3300 delegates from 65 countries present.

Students are invited to attend the Spring Meeting CLE events for the nominal fee of $35, $40 or $50 (depending on membership status)! Register here

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

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 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 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

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; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.

Spring 2019 – Week 10

Faculty Academic Advising Panels for All Students – Begins March 18th

We look forward to seeing you at these lunchtime (12 to 1 pm) faculty academic advising panels. Please plan on attending at least one (lunch provided). The sessions will provide detailed academic advising for students interested in the field of law covered in the respective panel, will review the 2019-2020 academic schedule, and answer questions about courses, sequencing of courses, experiential programs, and more.

  • 1L Day & 2LE Integrated Transactional Program (ITP) Information Session AND
    Tax Law Faculty Advising Panel

    • March 19th in K2B (please note this begins at 11:30 am!)
  • Criminal Law Faculty Advising Panel
    • March 18th in K1C (this may be moved)
  • Immigration Law Faculty Advising Panel
    • March 21st in K7B
  • Public Interest Law Faculty Advising Panel
    • March 28th in K1C

Ms. JD’s 11th Annual Conference on Women in Law

Ms. JD’s 11th Annual Conference on Women in Law, “Speak Up”, will be held on Friday, March 15th, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The full day conference, featuring keynote speaker Judge Wendy Beetlestone, will feature panels, discussions, a keynote lunch, break out sessions, and a closing reception. You will find more information here.

Careers in Policy Panel

Join Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Justinians, Brehons, and other student organizations on Monday, March 18th from 12 to 1 pm in K1D to hear from attorneys who have turned their legal education into successful careers in policy. Panelists will include NJ Senator Raymond Lesniak, Logan Welde, Staff Attorney at the Clean Air Council, and Jason Redd, the Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs at Gibbons P.C.

Sheller Center Talk with Nicole Ramos ’07

Interested in a first hand account of what’s happening at the southwest border? On Monday, March 18th at 12 pm in K2B, come hear Nicole Ramos, TLS ’07, Director of Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, talk about the asylum crisis at our southwest border and the situation of asylum-seeking families.  Dean Ramji-Nogales will moderate. You can learn more about Nicole here.

Need a Notary Public for the Bar Application?

Professor Kathy Mandelbaum is a Notary Public and is happy to notarize documents (if necessary) for the bar application.  Professor Mandelbaum is in K518 – please stop by or email to set a time (kathy.mandelbaum@temple.edu).

Evening Students – Upper Level Advising Q & A

Please join us for a discussion on advising and the MPRE on March 20th from 5:20 to 6 pm in K2A.

1LE Advising Session – How to Select & Register for Upper Level Courses

On March 21st from 7:20 to 8 pm in K1D, Associate Deans will provide instructions and guidance on upper level course registration for the second year of law school for evening students. Please email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu if you are unable to attend.

Admitted Student Open House, Saturday, March 23rd – Request for Student Volunteers

Temple Law’s Admitted Student Open House is on Saturday, March 23rd from 8:15 am until 3:30 pm.  On that day, current law students play an important role.  Our students are the heart of Temple Law School, and we want to make sure that our success in recruiting remarkable students continues.  We are hoping you will volunteer to help at the Open House.  We are looking for students to assist for the full day, but especially from 8:15 to 9:30 am for greeting and tours, and from 12:30 to 1:30 pm for lunch panels with the prospective students.  We promise to have plenty of coffee and food available for our volunteers.  We’d also love to have you join us at the Closing Reception (a wine and cheese reception) from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.  If you’re able to volunteer, please send an email to Jacqueline Ryan in the Admissions Office at jacqueline.ryan@temple.edu indicating the hours that you are available to volunteer.  Thanks in advance for your generosity and good spirit!

Volunteers Needed – Re-Entry Program with the NFL Players Coalition

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is seeking volunteers to assist in a re-entry program with the NFL Players Coalition in a few weeks.  This will be an amazing and rewarding event assisting current and former NFL players with various legal needs.  We are expecting a big turnout and are in need of some more volunteers.

For those interested, we are looking for volunteers on Thursday, March 28th from 6 to 8 pm and Friday, March 29th from 7 am to 4 pm. If you would like to help out, please reach out to Chad Lewis (chad.lewis@temple.edu) or Professor Jacobsen (kenneth.jacobsen@temple.edu). The SELS appreciates your willingness to assist!

Philadelphia Bar Association Student Memberships 

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association? The Board of Governors is sponsoring a number of student memberships so that you can join for free! If you are interested, please email Amber Racine at amracine@rayneslaw.com.

Important Financial Aid Deadline Extended to March 18th

Application for Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Summer 2019 Class Session, and Summer Work Study Grants – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 18th

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 Monday, March 18th

  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

Academic Advising & Registration Help Desk

Stop by the Second Floor Information Desk at Klein Hall for academic advising and registration assistance. Staff will be available on March 19th, 21st, 25th, and 26th from 11 am to 1 pm and 4 to 6 pm, and on March 20th from 11 am to 1 pm. See you there!

Cozen O’Connor 1L Wellness Event

Cozen O’Connor has planned the following health and wellness event for Cozen attorneys and area 1L law students: Maha Yoga & DIY Trail Mix on  March 19th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at 1700 Sansom Street. To RSVP, please email PHarrinarine@cozen.com. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot!

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Fogel Lecture

Please join us on March 21st at noon in K2B for the 2019 Fogel Lecture, “Entity Taxation in the 2017 Legislation: Process and Policy”, presented by Dana Trier.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Ross Lecture in Litigation

Please join us on March 25th at 11:45 am in the Moot Court Room for the 2019 Ross Lecture, “The 10 year Anniversary of the NAS Report: Two Steps Forward or One Step Back?”, presented by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament

Are you ready for some Kickball? The 1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am. Register your teams here: https://goo.gl/forms/ogrcl6gQeRWyaICs2 Invite your friends and family for a day of fun and community.

Workout Wednesdays – Spring Restart

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.

Canvas Site for May & July 2019 Graduates

We have a Canvas page for all 2019 Graduates.  We will use this page to let you know of important information regarding graduation.  Please accept your invitation if you have not done so already!

Antitrust Law 2019 Spring Meeting

Join the American Bar Association at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, D.C. from March 26th to 29th for the 67th Spring Meeting of the Section of Antitrust Law where competition and consumer protection meet. Last year there were over 3300 delegates from 65 countries present.

Students are invited to attend the Spring Meeting CLE events for the nominal fee of $35, $40 or $50 (depending on membership status)! Register here

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

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 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 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

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; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.

Spring 2019 – Week 9

Community Reminder – Day Light Savings Time

Don’t forget to change your clocks on March 10th!

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers – Confidential Assistance

Laurie Besden, Esquire, Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) will be in Klein 519 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on March 13th for “closed door” assistance.   Students can meet with Laurie to talk confidentially about addiction, alcohol issues, mental health disorders, gambling, stress, depression or ethical and bar related questions related to any of these issues.  This is an opportunity to receive help and we encourage you to stop in to meet Laurie. As always, LCL is available at any other time.  To reach LCL please call 1-888-999-1941. Please note that Laurie does not share any information with faculty or administration – this is completely confidential. 

1L Day Advising & Registration Information Session

All 1L Day students should mark your calendars for a very important information session about upper level course selection and registration on March 13th from 12 to 1 pm in K1E.  Dean Ramji-Nogales, Dean Harris and Dean Bartow will provide information about the upper level curriculum and registration.  This session is essential; if you are unable to attend please email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu in advance.

Upper Level Internal Clinic Application & Information Session

Mark your calendars for an important Internal Clinic Information Session on March 14th from 12 to 1 pm in K1D.  The Clinical Faculty will discuss Temple Law’s Internal Clinics and the internal clinic application process.  Questions?  Please email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

1L Evening Advising & Registration Information Session

All 1L Evening students should mark your calendars for a very important information session about evening upper level course registration on March 20th from 5:20 to 6 pm. Dean Bartow and Dean Harris will provide information about the upper level curriculum and your fall 2019 schedule.  This session is essential.  Questions?  Email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

Faculty Practice Area Academic Advising Panels

In an effort to help students make the most of their time at Temple Law, the faculty will be having academic advising discussions for students.  You should plan to attend at least one of these panels.  Most of the panels will be live streamed (please contact britt.walden@temple.edu because we will not live stream unless there is a demand) and all sessions will be taped.  A separate email will be sent to you reminding you about each of the panel discussions. These faculty panels will provide important information about: the courses offered at Temple Law, experiential opportunities, the skills necessary to practice law in a specific area, and career opportunities. Students will also be given an opportunity to: learn how to select a program of courses that allows each student to make the most of Temple, ask questions about curriculum, course sequencing and planning, and get to know some of the faculty who teach in specific areas of the law and who can act as advisors and mentors.

The following panels are scheduled – please mark your calendar!

  • Criminal Law Faculty Advising – March 18th 12PM
  • Tax Faculty Academic Advising – March 20th at 12PM
  • Public Interest Academic Advising – March 28th
  • Immigration Law Academic Advising – TBD
  • Civil & Transactional Law Academic Advising – TBD

Integrated Transactional Program (ITP) Information Session

Interested in transactional work?  Do you learn better when you apply concepts to real problems and tasks?  Then come to an information session on Tuesday, March 19th at 12PM, for the Integrated Transactional Program and hear from faculty and students about the course, assignments, learning goals and format.  This is a 10 credit program open to rising 2L Day and 3L Evening students.  Pizza will be served!  Questions?  Email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

The Annual 1L Talent Show

The Talent Show will be on Thursday, March 14th from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in K1E.  Food, wine, and a keg will be provided.  Please join us!

Admitted Student Open House, Saturday, March 23rd – Request for Student Volunteers

Temple Law’s Admitted Student Open House is on Saturday, March 23rd from 8:15 am until 3:30 pm.  On that day, current law students play an important role.  Our students are the heart of Temple Law School, and we want to make sure that our success in recruiting remarkable students continues.  We are hoping you will volunteer to help at the Open House.  We are looking for students to assist for the full day, but especially from 8:15 to 9:30 am for greeting and tours, and from 12:30 to 1:30 pm for lunch panels with the prospective students.  We promise to have plenty of coffee and food available for our volunteers.  We’d also love to have you join us at the Closing Reception (a wine and cheese reception) from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.  If you’re able to volunteer, please send an email to Jacqueline Ryan in the Admissions Office at jacqueline.ryan@temple.edu indicating the hours that you are available to volunteer.  Thanks in advance for your generosity and good spirit!

Philadelphia Bar Association Student Memberships 

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association? The Board of Governors is sponsoring a number of student memberships so that you can join for free! If you are interested, please email Amber Racine at amracine@rayneslaw.com.

Marutani Fellowship – Summer Funding Application for Asian Pacific American Law Students

The Fellowship recipient(s) will receive a stipend, up to $5,000, for full-time summer employment (of at least ten weeks). Applicants are eligible for the Marutani Fellowship even if they seek or receive other sources of summer funding.

Individuals eligible to apply include current first-year and second-year Asian Pacific American law students attending law school in Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Area. For more information, visit the website. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, March 8th.

NASA Space Law Network Publication Workshop

The University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber, and Telecom (SCT) Law Program was selected by NASA to establish the Space Law Network (SLN).  As part of this program, SCT leadership, Professor and Co-Director Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton are pleased to announce the Nebraska Publications in Space Law Workshop to be held in Lincoln, NE, from April 6 to 7th, at The University of Nebraska College of Law. For more information on the workshop, click here. Travel grants are available and the process for applying can be found here. Apply as soon as possible but no later than March 8th!

Managing Student Loans & Student Loan Repayment

Did you miss the Student Loan Repayment Information Session presented by Ann Durandetta of AccessLex Institute? Attend a makeup session on March 11th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A to 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 4LEs approaching graduation. Lunch will be provided.

Philadelphia Flyers Lawyers Night

See the Flyers in action v. Ottawa on March 11th at 7 pm.  Tickets are for upper and lower level.  Also a panel presentation and networking opportunity!  Register here.

Summer Work Study Information Desk

Stop by the Second Floor Information Desk at Klein Hall to get all of your Summer Work Study questions answered. Financial Aid Staff will be available at the Information Desk on:

  • Tuesday, March 12th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 14th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Temple Law Review – Write On Competition Information & TLR 101 Panel with ACE

The 2019 Temple Law Review Write-On Competition will take place from May 7th to May 20th. All 1Ls, 1LEs, 2Ls, 2LEs, and 3LEs are eligible to participate in the 2019 Write-On Competition. Be sure to schedule travel plans accordingly!  For more information about Temple Law Review, please visit: Temple Law Review: http://www.templelawreview.org

Informational Sessions and a Temple Law Review 101 Panel with ACE will be held on: Tuesday, March 12th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A and Wednesday, March 13th from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in K2B. In addition to detailed information concerning what the write-on process entails, Law Review members will explain what Temple Law Review is, what it does, and why it matters. A Q & A will follow the informational and panel. Food will be provided. Questions? Feel free to email Write-On Coordinator Chelsey Dawson at writeoncoord@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Sheller Center Talk with Nicole Ramos ’07

Interested in a first hand account of what’s happening at the southwest border? On Monday, March 18th at 12 pm in K2B, come hear Nicole Ramos, TLS ’07, Director of Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, talk about the asylum crisis at our southwest border and the situation of asylum-seeking families.  Dean Ramji-Nogales will moderate. You can learn more about Nicole here.

Important Financial Aid Information

Application for Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Summer 2019 Class Session, and Summer Work Study Grants – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 18th

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 Monday, March 18, 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

Academic Advising & Registration Help Desk

Stop by the Second Floor Information Desk at Klein Hall for academic advising and registration assistance. Staff will be available on March 19th, 21st, 25th, and 26th from 11 am to 1 pm and 4 to 6 pm, and on March 20th from 11 am to 1 pm. See you there!

Cozen O’Connor 1L Wellness Event

Cozen O’Connor has planned the following health and wellness event for Cozen attorneys and area 1L law students: Maha Yoga & DIY Trail Mix on  March 19th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at 1700 Sansom Street. To RSVP, please email PHarrinarine@cozen.com. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot!

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Fogel Lecture

Please join us on March 21st at noon in K2B for the 2019 Fogel Lecture, “Entity Taxation in the 2017 Legislation: Process and Policy”, presented by Dana Trier.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Ross Lecture in Litigation

Please join us on March 25th at 11:45 am in the Moot Court Room for the 2019 Ross Lecture, “The 10 year Anniversary of the NAS Report: Two Steps Forward or One Step Back?”, presented by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Workout Wednesdays – Spring Restart

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.  See you on Wednesdays starting March 13th!

Canvas Site for May & July 2019 Graduates

We have a Canvas page for all 2019 Graduates.  We will use this page to let you know of important information regarding graduation.  Please accept your invitation if you have not done so already!

Antitrust Law 2019 Spring Meeting

Join the American Bar Association at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, D.C. from March 26th to 29th for the 67th Spring Meeting of the Section of Antitrust Law where competition and consumer protection meet. Last year there were over 3300 delegates from 65 countries present.

Students are invited to attend the Spring Meeting CLE events for the nominal fee of $35, $40 or $50 (depending on membership status)! Register here

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

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 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 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

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; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.

Spring 2019 – Week 8

Spring Break – Building Hours and Information

On behalf of the Faculty and Staff we hope you have a relaxing spring break.  Just a few reminders:

  • Klein Hall and Barrack Hall will be open regular hours
  • No classes will be held during spring break
  • It is a good idea to empty out your locker to make sure there are no perishable items left over break
  • Library Reference Desk Hours are:
    • Saturday 3/2 and Sunday 3/3 (closed)
    • Monday (3/4) through Friday (3/8) 9PM-5PM
    • Saturday (3/9) and Sunday (3/10) 12PM-6PM

If you need anything during break please do not hesitate to reach out to jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

1L Day Advising and Registration Information Session

All 1L Day students should mark your calendars for a very important information session about upper level course selection and registration on March 13th from 12PM-1PM in K1E.  Dean Ramji-Nogales, Dean Harris and Dean Bartow will provide information about the upper level curriculum and registration.  This session is essential; if you are unable to attend please email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu in advance.

Upper Level Internal Clinic Application & Information Session

Mark your calendars for an important Internal Clinic Information Session on March 14th from 12-1PM in K1D.  The Clinical Faculty will discuss Temple Law’s Internal Clinics and the internal clinic application process.  Questions?  Please email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

1L Evening Advising and Registration Information Session

All 1L Evening students should mark your calendars for a very important information session about evening upper level course registration on March 20th from 5:20PM-6PM.  Dean Bartow and Dean Harris will provide information about the upper level curriculum and your fall 2019 schedule.  This session is essential.  Questions?  Email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

Admitted Student Open House, Saturday, March 23rd – Request for Student Volunteers

Temple Law’s Admitted Student Open House is on Saturday, March 23rd from 8:15 am until 3:30 pm.  On that day, current law students play an important role.  Our students are the heart of Temple Law School, and we want to make sure that our success in recruiting remarkable students continues.  We are hoping you will volunteer to help at the Open House.  We are looking for students to assist for the full day, but especially from 8:15 to 9:30 am for greeting and tours, and from 12:30 to 1:30 pm for lunch panels with the prospective students.  We promise to have plenty of coffee and food available for our volunteers.  We’d also love to have you join us at the Closing Reception (a wine and cheese reception) from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.  If you’re able to volunteer, please send an email to Jacqueline Ryan in the Admissions Office at jacqueline.ryan@temple.edu indicating the hours that you are available to volunteer.  Thanks in advance for your generosity and good spirit!

Marutani Fellowship – Summer Funding Application for Asian Pacific American Law Students

The Fellowship recipient(s) will receive a stipend, up to $5,000, for full-time summer employment (of at least ten weeks). Applicants are eligible for the Marutani Fellowship even if they seek or receive other sources of summer funding.

Individuals eligible to apply include current first-year and second-year Asian Pacific American law students attending law school in Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Area. For more information, visit the website. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, March 8th.

NASA Space Law Network Publication Workshop

The University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber, and Telecom (SCT) Law Program was selected by NASA to establish the Space Law Network (SLN).  As part of this program, SCT leadership, Professor and Co-Director Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton are pleased to announce the Nebraska Publications in Space Law Workshop to be held in Lincoln, NE, from April 6 to 7th, at The University of Nebraska College of Law. For more information on the workshop, click here. Travel grants are available and the process for applying can be found here. Apply as soon as possible but no later than March 8th!

Managing Student Loans & Student Loan Repayment

Did you miss this week’s Student Loan Repayment Information Session presented by Ann Durandetta of AccessLex Institute? Attend a makeup session on March 11th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A to 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 4LEs approaching graduation. Lunch will be provided.

Summer Work Study Information Desk

Stop by the Second Floor Information Desk at Klein Hall to get all of your Summer Work Study questions answered. Financial Aid Staff will be available at the Information Desk on:

  • Tuesday, March 12th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 14th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sheller Center Talk with Nicole Ramos ’07

Interested in a first hand account of what’s happening at the southwest border? On Monday, March 18th at 12 pm in K2B, come hear Nicole Ramos, TLS ’07, Director of Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, talk about the asylum crisis at our southwest border and the situation of asylum-seeking families.  Dean Ramji-Nogales will moderate. You can learn more about Nicole here.

Cozen O’Connor 1L Wellness Event

Cozen O’Connor has planned the following health and wellness event for Cozen attorneys and area 1L law students: Maha Yoga & DIY Trail Mix on  March 19th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at 1700 Sansom Street. To RSVP, please email PHarrinarine@cozen.com. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot!

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

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Temple Law Review – Write On Competition Information & TLR 101 Panel with ACE

The 2019 Temple Law Review Write-On Competition will take place from May 7th to May 20th. All 1Ls, 1LEs, 2Ls, 2LEs, and 3LEs are eligible to participate in the 2019 Write-On Competition. Be sure to schedule travel plans accordingly!  For more information about Temple Law Review, please visit: Temple Law Review: http://www.templelawreview.org

Informational Sessions and a Temple Law Review 101 Panel with ACE will be held on: Tuesday, March 12th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A and Wednesday, March 13th from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in K2B. In addition to detailed information concerning what the write-on process entails, Law Review members will explain what Temple Law Review is, what it does, and why it matters. A Q & A will follow the informational and panel. Food will be provided. Questions? Feel free to email Write-On Coordinator Chelsey Dawson at writeoncoord@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Fogel Lecture

Please join us on March 21st at noon in K2B for the 2019 Fogel Lecture, “Entity Taxation in the 2017 Legislation: Process and Policy”, presented by Dana Trier.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Ross Lecture in Litigation

Please join us on March 25th at 11:45 am in the Moot Court Room for the 2019 Ross Lecture, “The 10 year Anniversary of the NAS Report: Two Steps Forward or One Step Back?”, presented by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Workout Wednesdays – Spring Restart

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.  See you on Wednesdays starting March 13th!

Philadelphia Flyers Lawyers Night

See the Flyers in action v. Ottawa on March 11th at 7 pm.  Tickets are for upper and lower level.  Also a panel presentation and networking opportunity!  Register here.

Canvas Site for May and July 2019 Graduates

We have a Canvas page for all 2019 Graduates.  We will use this page to let you know of important information regarding graduation.  Please accept your invitation if you have not done so already!

Antitrust Law 2019 Spring Meeting

Join the American Bar Association at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, D.C. from March 26th to 29th for the 67th Spring Meeting of the Section of Antitrust Law where competition and consumer protection meet. Last year there were over 3300 delegates from 65 countries present.

Students are invited to attend the Spring Meeting CLE events for the nominal fee of $35, $40 or $50 (depending on membership status)! Register here

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

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 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 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

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; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.

Spring 2019 – Week 7

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Temple Law Review – Write On Competition Information & TLR 101 Panel with ACE

The 2019 Temple Law Review Write-On Competition will take place from May 7th to May 20th. All 1Ls, 1LEs, 2Ls, 2LEs, and 3LEs are eligible to participate in the 2019 Write-On Competition. Be sure to schedule travel plans accordingly!  For more information about Temple Law Review, please visit: Temple Law Review: http://www.templelawreview.org

Informational Sessions and a Temple Law Review 101 Panel with ACE will be held on: Tuesday, March 12th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A and Wednesday, March 13th from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in K2B. In addition to detailed information concerning what the write-on process entails, Law Review members will explain what Temple Law Review is, what it does, and why it matters. A Q & A will follow the informational and panel. Food will be provided. Questions? Feel free to email Write-On Coordinator Chelsey Dawson at writeoncoord@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

ACE Sessions – Spring Semester Study Materials

Please join ACE Counselors, Prof. Shellenberger, and Mai Le for a helpful discussion on organizing, synthesizing, and creating your own study materials for the Spring semester. The section specific sessions are as follows:

Section 1 – February 26th, 12 to 1pm in K1E

Section 2 – February 27th, 12 to 1pm in K2A

Section 51 – February 27th, 5:30 to 6:20pm in K2A

Section 3 – February 28th, 12 to 1pm in K2A

Food will be served. Questions? Contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

Managing Student Loans & Student Loan Repayment

This is the rescheduled date due to this week’s inclement weather. On Monday, February 25th 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.

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.

Cozen O’Connor 1L Wellness Events

Cozen O’Connor has planned the following health and wellness events for Cozen attorneys and area 1L law students: Flywheel Sports & Amino Juice on February 27th from 4:45 to 6:00 pm at 1521 Locust Street and Maha Yoga & DIY Trail Mix on  March 19th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at 1700 Sansom Street.

To RSVP for either (or both) events, please email PHarrinarine@cozen.com. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot!

Camden County Bar Foundation Scholarships

The Camden County Bar Foundation has scholarship opportunities.  The application deadline is February 28th.  Please apply here under scholarships.

Queer Connect

Join us on Thursday, February 28th in the Women’s Studies Lounge, 821 Anderson Hall from 11 am to 1 pm for Queer Connect  This is an event for all LGBTQIA+ students and allies that are interested in casually connecting with companies to build their network while learning about a variety of skills for navigating the workforce as a queer person and marketing their transferable skills. Light refreshments will be served.

2019 Patent Law Interview Program 

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. This summer’s patent law program will be on July 25th and 26th.

You should have received an email from the Office of Career Services regarding this nationwide program with more detailed information. Online student registration will begin on Tuesday, February 5th and close on Thursday, February 28th.  Students can register here and learn more about the program through their website. Questions? Contact Andrew Prinzivalli at andrew.prinzivalli@temple.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.

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

Workout Wednesdays – Spring Restart

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.  See you on Wednesdays starting March 13th!

Canvas Site for May and July 2019 Graduates

We have a Canvas page for all 2019 Graduates.  We will use this page to let you know of important information regarding graduation.  Please accept your invitation if you have not done so already!

Fogel Lecture

Please join us on March 21st at noon in K2B for the 2019 Fogel Lecture, “Entity Taxation in the 2017 Legislation: Process and Policy”, presented by Dana Trier.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Ross Lecture in Litigation

Please join us on March 25th at 11:45 am in the Moot Court Room for the 2019 Ross Lecture, “The 10 year Anniversary of the NAS Report: Two Steps Forward or One Step Back?”, presented by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Antitrust Law 2019 Spring Meeting

Join the American Bar Association at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, D.C. from March 26th to 29th for the 67th Spring Meeting of the Section of Antitrust Law where competition and consumer protection meet. Last year there were over 3300 delegates from 65 countries present.

Students are invited to attend the Spring Meeting CLE events for the nominal fee of $35, $40 or $50 (depending on membership status)! Register here

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

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 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Sheller Center Talk with Nicole Ramos ’07

On Monday, March 18th at 12 pm in K2B, come hear Nicole Ramos, TLS ’07, a lawyer at Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, talk about the asylum crisis at our southwest border and the situation of asylum-seeking families.  Dean Ramji-Nogales will moderate. You can learn more about Nicole here.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 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 Flyers Lawyers Night

See the Flyers in action v. Ottawa on March 11th at 7 pm.  Tickets are for upper and lower level.  Also a panel presentation and networking opportunity!  Register here.

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

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; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.

Spring 2019 – Week 6

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Temple Law Review – Write On Competition Information

The 2019 Temple Law Review Write-On Competition will take place from May 7th – May 20th. All 1Ls, 1LEs, 2Ls, 2Les, and 3Les are eligible to participate in the 2019 Write-On Competition. Be sure to schedule travel plans accordingly!  For more information about Temple Law Review, please visit: Temple Law Review: http://www.templelawreview.org

Informational Meetings will be held on:

Wednesday, March 13th at 5:15 (Evening Session)

Wednesday, March 20th at 12:00 (Day Session).

Questions? Feel free to email Write-On Coordinator Chelsey Dawson at writeoncoord@gmail.com.

Skadden Fellowship Foundation Information Session

Attend a lunchtime presentation with Susan Butler Plum and Kathleen Rubenstein of the Skadden Foundation on February 19th from 12 to 1 pm at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Tanenbaum 142. This event is designed for law students of all years who are interested in learning more about the Skadden Fellowship application process, selection process, and program. Visit the Skadden Foundation website for more information about this two-year funded public interest fellowship. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP here.

Temple Law Review 101 with ACE

Please join ACE and members of the Temple Law Review Volume 92 for Temple Law Review 101. This session will have a panel of Law Review members explain what Temple Law Review is, what it does, and why it matters. A Q&A will follow the panel questions. Two sessions will be held on February 20th, in K2A from 12 to 1 pm and the Moot Court Room from 5:15 to 6:15 pm. Questions? Contact Chelsey Dawson at writeoncoord@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Equal Justice Works: Public Interest Information Session

Join Equal Justice Works on February 21st from 12 to 1 pm in K1D for this unique public interest event and learn more about:

*  Postgraduate Fellowships
*  Summer & Part-Time Internships
*  Managing Student Debt
*  Leadership & Advocacy Opportunities
*  Educational Awards for Public Service

On Campus Interviewing: Round 2

Round 2 Spring 2019 On-Campus Interviews (OCI) will take place from 2/22 through 3/29. You may submit your applications to participating firms and other employers on the CPM by going to https://law-temple.12twenty.com/. Please complete your applications for Round 2 of OCI by 12 pm on February 15th.

Student Health Insurance Open Enrollment

If you do not have health insurance, you have the option of enrolling in one of Temple University’s school-sponsored plans during the open enrollment period. The last day to enroll is February 15th.

If you enrolled during the Fall semester of 2018, you do not need to take any action.  Your coverage will continue through August 31, 2019. You MUST re-enroll in the Fall of 2019 to have coverage for the 2019-2020 academic year.

FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship

The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel is committed to full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our organization and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion.  Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive $5,000 academic scholarship to the law school of their choice.  Interested students can review the eligibility criteria, program description, and apply here by February 15th.

Time Management Help Desk

Need some guidance scheduling class/homework/free time?  Stop by the Time Management Help Desk on February 19th from 11 am to 1 pm and 5 to 6 pm.  First 20 students get a free calendar!

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.

ACE Sessions – Spring Semester Study Materials

Please join ACE Counselors, Prof. Shellenberger, and Mai Le for a helpful discussion on organizing, synthesizing, and creating your own study materials for the Spring semester. The section specific sessions are as follows:

Section 1 – February 26th, 12 to 1pm in K1E

Section 2 – February 27th, 12 to 1pm in K2A

Section 51 – February 27th, 5:30 to 6:20pm in K2A

Section 3 – February 28th, 12 to 1pm in K2A

Food will be served. Questions? Contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

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

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.

Workout Wednesdays

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.  See you on Wednesdays!

Canvas Site for May and July 2019 Graduates

We have a Canvas page for all 2019 Graduates.  We will use this page to let you know of important information regarding graduation.  Please accept your invitation if you have not done so already!

Camden County Bar Foundation Scholarships

The Camden County Bar Foundation has scholarship opportunities.  The application deadline is February 28th.  Please apply here under scholarships.

Queer Connect

Join us on Thursday, February 28th in the Women’s Studies Lounge, 821 Anderson Hall from 11 am to 1 pm for Queer Connect  This is an event for all LGBTQIA+ students and allies that are interested in casually connecting with companies to build their network while learning about a variety of skills for navigating the workforce as a queer person and marketing their transferable skills. Light refreshments will be served.

2019 Patent Law Interview Program 

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. This summer’s patent law program will be on July 25th and 26th.

You should have received an email from the Office of Career Services regarding this nationwide program with more detailed information. Online student registration will begin on Tuesday, February 5th and close on Thursday, February 28th.  Students can register here and learn more about the program through their website. Questions? Contact Andrew Prinzivalli at andrew.prinzivalli@temple.edu.

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

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 opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

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 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

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.

Sheller Center Talk with Nicole Ramos ’07

On Monday, March 18th at 12 pm in K2B, come hear Nicole Ramos, TLS ’07, a lawyer at Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, talk about the asylum crisis at our southwest border and the situation of asylum-seeking families.  Dean Ramji-Nogales will moderate. You can learn more about Nicole here.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 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 Flyers Lawyers Night

See the Flyers in action v. Ottawa on March 11th at 7 pm.  Tickets are for upper and lower level.  Also a panel presentation and networking opportunity!  Register here.

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

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; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.