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.


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.


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.