Spring 2019 – Week 9

Community Reminder – Day Light Savings Time

Don’t forget to change your clocks on March 10th!

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers – Confidential Assistance

Laurie Besden, Esquire, Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) will be in Klein 519 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on March 13th for “closed door” assistance.   Students can meet with Laurie to talk confidentially about addiction, alcohol issues, mental health disorders, gambling, stress, depression or ethical and bar related questions related to any of these issues.  This is an opportunity to receive help and we encourage you to stop in to meet Laurie. As always, LCL is available at any other time.  To reach LCL please call 1-888-999-1941. Please note that Laurie does not share any information with faculty or administration – this is completely confidential. 

1L Day Advising & Registration Information Session

All 1L Day students should mark your calendars for a very important information session about upper level course selection and registration on March 13th from 12 to 1 pm in K1E.  Dean Ramji-Nogales, Dean Harris and Dean Bartow will provide information about the upper level curriculum and registration.  This session is essential; if you are unable to attend please email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu in advance.

Upper Level Internal Clinic Application & Information Session

Mark your calendars for an important Internal Clinic Information Session on March 14th from 12 to 1 pm in K1D.  The Clinical Faculty will discuss Temple Law’s Internal Clinics and the internal clinic application process.  Questions?  Please email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

1L Evening Advising & Registration Information Session

All 1L Evening students should mark your calendars for a very important information session about evening upper level course registration on March 20th from 5:20 to 6 pm. Dean Bartow and Dean Harris will provide information about the upper level curriculum and your fall 2019 schedule.  This session is essential.  Questions?  Email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

Faculty Practice Area Academic Advising Panels

In an effort to help students make the most of their time at Temple Law, the faculty will be having academic advising discussions for students.  You should plan to attend at least one of these panels.  Most of the panels will be live streamed (please contact britt.walden@temple.edu because we will not live stream unless there is a demand) and all sessions will be taped.  A separate email will be sent to you reminding you about each of the panel discussions. These faculty panels will provide important information about: the courses offered at Temple Law, experiential opportunities, the skills necessary to practice law in a specific area, and career opportunities. Students will also be given an opportunity to: learn how to select a program of courses that allows each student to make the most of Temple, ask questions about curriculum, course sequencing and planning, and get to know some of the faculty who teach in specific areas of the law and who can act as advisors and mentors.

The following panels are scheduled – please mark your calendar!

  • Criminal Law Faculty Advising – March 18th 12PM
  • Tax Faculty Academic Advising – March 20th at 12PM
  • Public Interest Academic Advising – March 28th
  • Immigration Law Academic Advising – TBD
  • Civil & Transactional Law Academic Advising – TBD

Integrated Transactional Program (ITP) Information Session

Interested in transactional work?  Do you learn better when you apply concepts to real problems and tasks?  Then come to an information session on Tuesday, March 19th at 12PM, for the Integrated Transactional Program and hear from faculty and students about the course, assignments, learning goals and format.  This is a 10 credit program open to rising 2L Day and 3L Evening students.  Pizza will be served!  Questions?  Email jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.

The Annual 1L Talent Show

The Talent Show will be on Thursday, March 14th from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in K1E.  Food, wine, and a keg will be provided.  Please join us!

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!

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.

Marutani Fellowship – Summer Funding Application for Asian Pacific American Law Students

The Fellowship recipient(s) will receive a stipend, up to $5,000, for full-time summer employment (of at least ten weeks). Applicants are eligible for the Marutani Fellowship even if they seek or receive other sources of summer funding.

Individuals eligible to apply include current first-year and second-year Asian Pacific American law students attending law school in Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Area. For more information, visit the website. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, March 8th.

NASA Space Law Network Publication Workshop

The University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber, and Telecom (SCT) Law Program was selected by NASA to establish the Space Law Network (SLN).  As part of this program, SCT leadership, Professor and Co-Director Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton are pleased to announce the Nebraska Publications in Space Law Workshop to be held in Lincoln, NE, from April 6 to 7th, at The University of Nebraska College of Law. For more information on the workshop, click here. Travel grants are available and the process for applying can be found here. Apply as soon as possible but no later than March 8th!

Managing Student Loans & Student Loan Repayment

Did you miss the Student Loan Repayment Information Session presented by Ann Durandetta of AccessLex Institute? Attend a makeup session on March 11th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A to 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 4LEs approaching graduation. Lunch will be provided.

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.

Summer Work Study Information Desk

Stop by the Second Floor Information Desk at Klein Hall to get all of your Summer Work Study questions answered. Financial Aid Staff will be available at the Information Desk on:

  • Tuesday, March 12th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 14th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Temple Law Review – Write On Competition Information & TLR 101 Panel with ACE

The 2019 Temple Law Review Write-On Competition will take place from May 7th to May 20th. All 1Ls, 1LEs, 2Ls, 2LEs, and 3LEs are eligible to participate in the 2019 Write-On Competition. Be sure to schedule travel plans accordingly!  For more information about Temple Law Review, please visit: Temple Law Review: http://www.templelawreview.org

Informational Sessions and a Temple Law Review 101 Panel with ACE will be held on: Tuesday, March 12th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A and Wednesday, March 13th from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in K2B. In addition to detailed information concerning what the write-on process entails, Law Review members will explain what Temple Law Review is, what it does, and why it matters. A Q & A will follow the informational and panel. Food will be provided. Questions? Feel free to email Write-On Coordinator Chelsey Dawson at writeoncoord@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

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.

Important Financial Aid Information

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 18, 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

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.

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.  See you on Wednesdays starting March 13th!

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.