Spring 2019 – Week 5

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is now 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.

May 2019 Graduates – Important Step – Name Confirmation Extended to February 8th

All students who are graduating in May should check the spelling of their name by today, Friday, February 8th.  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 Laura Frisby-Selby at lfrisby@temple.edu.

AGC Professional Development Academy

Today, 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 today! Send your submission to writingcontest@pmconline.org by Friday, February 8th for a chance to win $5,000!

Canvas Site for May and July 2019 Graduates

We now have a Canvas page for all 2019 Graduates.  We will use this page to let you know of important information regarding graduation.  You should have received an invite and we ask that you please accept it.

On Campus Interviewing: Round 2

The Office of Career Services is excited to announce that the application period for Round 2 of Spring 2019 On-Campus Interviews (OCI) is now open. Round 2 interviews will take place from 2/22 through 3/29. You may submit your applications to participating firms and other employers on the CPM. In order to apply, please do the following: Go to: https://law-temple.12twenty.com/

The deadlines to complete your applications for Round 2 of OCI are: 11:30 pm on Monday, February 11th for Kulzer & DiPadova and 12 pm on Friday, February 15th for all other employers. 

Meet and Greet with the Honorable Matthew Weintraub           

 

Join the Office of Career Services and the Honorable Matthew Weintraub, District Attorney of Bucks County, on February 11th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A. DA Weintraub is a Temple Law alumni who has enjoyed a successful career as a prosecutor. For any students interested in criminal law and/or criminal justice, this is a can’t miss opportunity. DA Weintraub will be answering questions from students, so be prepared! It can’t hurt to bring a copy of your resume, either! Pizza and soda will be served. Register for the event on CPM.

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 Friday, 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 Tuesday, 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.

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

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays (formerly TLaw Run/Walks), 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 February 13th!

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.