Spring 2019 – Week 2

Career Planning Information

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

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

Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program Application

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

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

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

PABOLE Temple Law Visit

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

2019 Rome Global Scholar Program – Information Session

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

Research Refresher and Library Information Sessions – Plan to Attend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACE Sessions – What to Do After First Semester Grades

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

Mindful Mondays

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

Temple Men’s Basketball Game

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


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

Fingerprinting for the PA Bar – New Procedure

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

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship

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