Spring 2019 – Week 4

All May and July 2019 Graduates

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

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

Spring OCI Round 1 Starts Next Week


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

Managing Student Loans & Student Loan Repayment

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

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

Tip of the Week – Timebox It

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

Important Financial Aid Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Work Study:

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

Summer Financial Aid Options:

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


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

PABOLE Temple Law Visit

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

AGC Professional Development Academy

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

PMC’s Law Student Writing Competition

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

2019 Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship

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

Library Information Session 

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

Temple Law School Blood Drive

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

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship

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

Liberty and Law Essay Contest


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

Corporate Legal Operations Consortium Scholarship

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

Philadelphia Business Journal – Mentoring Monday

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

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

The Alford Excellence Award Scholarship

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

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

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

Mindful Mondays

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

Fingerprinting for the PA Bar – New Procedure

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


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