Spring 2019 – Week 3

Important Financial Aid Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Work Study:

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

Summer Financial Aid Options:

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


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

Personal Injury Attorney Seeks Part-Time Law Clerk

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

Government Shutdown Support

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

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

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

Registration for Witnessing at the Regional Trial Competition is Now Open

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

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

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

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

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

Event schedule is as follows:

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

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

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

Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program Application

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

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

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

PABOLE Temple Law Visit

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

ACE Sessions – What to Do After First Semester Grades

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

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

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

Library Information Session 

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

Temple Law School Blood Drive

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

Philadelphia Business Journal – Mentoring Monday

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

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

The Alford Excellence Award Scholarship – $3000 Scholarship Opportunity!

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

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship

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

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

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

Mindful Mondays

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


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.