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Center for Compliance and Ethics Summer Fellowship | Student Perspectives

This past summer, three Temple Law students completed the Center for Compliance and Ethics Summer Fellowship. They shared their experiences here: Zoey Binder LAW ’22 This past summer I was a Compliance, Privacy & Legal intern at Novocure, a medical device company, based out of their Malvern, PA office. My interviews were scheduled in person the week that the Philadelphia area began to shut down but Novocure quickly pivoted and my interviews were seamlessly conducted virtually. Right from these discussions, I felt everyone’s passion for their jobs and collaborative spirit which led me to accepting their offer. My start date was scheduled for May but ultimately had to be pushed back as I was stuck outside of the country but that presented no issues as everyone was very accommodating to my circumstances. Once I began (remotely), I was immediately introduced to an array of assignments from the compliance, legal and brand departments. Everyone was welcoming and approachable from the start. I was able to use my skill set on the policy work that I was …

Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic | A Student Experience

Representing an indigent immigrant in a deportation appeal before the Third Circuit was the absolute highlight of my three years at Temple Law. As I prepare to begin my legal career, I am incredibly grateful to have learned the following: What Legal Teamwork Looks Like: As law students, we are used to writing our papers and taking our exams independently. Collaborating with Professor Levy and Professor Epstein taught me what it means to be part of a legal team. I learned how lawyers divide different tasks and support each other’s research and writing. This experience further showed me how to respectfully navigate differences. While we all shared the common goal of obtaining relief for our client, there were often varying opinions about the best way to get there. Professor Levy and Professor Epstein taught me how to let the client’s best interests drive the discussions and decisions about the right course of action to pursue. How to Prepare for an Appellate Argument: One of the most crucial lessons I learned from Professor Levy and Professor …

The Temple Law Racial Justice Working Group | Student Experience

The Racial Justice Working Group was convened in response to the national uprising over police brutality and systemic racism. During the summer of 2020, the group, which included students, staff, and faculty, advised Dean Gregory Mandel on actions the law school can take in the short, medium, and long terms to address racial inequities within the law school community, our wider geographic communities, and the legal profession itself. Some of the law students participating in the group explain what that work means to them and their future careers. Terence Jones LAW ’21 I have gone to predominantly white private schools from third grade all the way through college. For me, this brought the unfortunate responsibility of educating my peers, faculty, and administration. I was regularly asked to speak about my experience as a black man receiving an education that did not have people like me in mind when it was created and how it can be made better now that people like me are here. I have always seen myself as a leader and an …

Japan Study Abroad – The Best Study Abroad Experience

My time at Temple University Japan was unforgettable. Even though half the semester was conducted online, the quality of classes was not diminished. The staff and professors almost seamlessly transitioned classes to distance learning, and they were there for the students at every corner to help where they could. During the time spent in-person at TUJ, I was incredibly impressed by the facilities, resources available to the students, and the quality of professors and education offered. It was obvious that the professors were passionate about the students and the subjects they were teaching. There wasn’t a question or issue that the staff couldn’t help you solve. It was very comforting to have such a solid lifeline while living abroad as a student. The class schedule was great, and the 3-day weekends left plenty of time to explore the country, people, and culture. TUJ was absolutely the best study abroad experience I’ve ever had because of the quality and care put into their curriculum.

An Unofficial Overview of Temple Law’s Competitive Offerings

Introduction Being on a law review, moot court, or trial team gives students valuable advocacy practice and looks great on a resume, however competition can be fierce. Thankfully, Temple has numerous opportunities to participate in these prestigious offerings. With five moot court teams, two law reviews, a trial team, and a patent drafting competition, there are many options for students to choose from. Academic credit is provided for participation. Note that all of these are subject to change, and Temple may not participate in all competitions every year. Where to begin? Read all about them below! Law Reviews Temple has two law reviews: The Temple Law Review and Temple’s International and Comparative Law Journal. The Temple Law Review was founded in 1927. It is a student-edited, quarterly journal dedicated to providing a forum for the expression of new legal thought and scholarly commentary on important developments, trends, and issues in the law. Students must compete in the write-on competition to be considered for membership. This competition usually takes place about a week after spring finals. …

Studying for my LL.M. at Temple Law School Japan

I came to Temple University, Japan (TUJ) with no defined plan for the future. I had just finished a study-abroad year in Bristol, England, did not want to go back to my home country of France and wanted to become even more internationally minded . Studying for my LL.M. at Temple University, Japan was perfect for this! I was able to study both American and international law and discover a new culture. Studying at TUJ, interacting with the teachers and the legal community there allowed me to find several internships and the area of law I wanted to specialize in. I took part in an arbitration class offered by TUJ and decided that this was what I wanted to pursue, which led me to relocate to Seoul. Thanks to the TUJ staff and professors, I was able to receive great legal education, pass the California Bar, while at the same time enjoy and discover Japan!

Spring Semester in Japan – Experience It for Yourself

Hi, my name is Christina Snyder. I graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in 2013, the Beasley School of Law at Temple in 2018 and I am currently pursuing my Tax LLM at Temple Law. Safe to say I love Temple and Philadelphia. However, during my spring 2018 semester I found a new love, Japan. I had the opportunity to participate in the Temple Law School Study Abroad program at their Temple University Japan campus for my last semester of law school. Although nervous about living in a foreign country with a very different language and culture the staff at Temple Law School (both campuses) assured me everything would go great and boy, were they right. Although I was there to study I had the time of my life. Education didn’t happen just in the classroom. Most of the classes are held one day a week in the evenings. This left plenty of time for traveling, exploring and eating. The law program arranged a number of group trips including a sumo …

Japan Study Abroad – A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

My semester at Temple University Law School’s Japan campus was by far the best experience I had during my time in law school. TUJ’s study abroad program provided me with unique access to an extraordinary city, internship opportunities and courses taught by locally-practicing attorneys, and lifelong friendships. Tokyo is an incredibly beautiful and accessible city (walkable with an extremely efficient metro system). On weekends I explored different areas of the city which had a seemingly unending assortment of entertainment, cuisine, views, and cultural landmarks. During spring break, I flew with a classmate to Niseko, Hokkaido, where we spent the week skiing before exploring the famous seafood scene in Sapporo. I cannot overemphasize how friendly and helpful the locals were during my stay. The owner of my hostel in Niseko even gave me a hand-written thank you letter the day I moved out! The staff at TUJ clearly cared about each student participating in the spring program. From the day I began my initial application last July through the end of my semester in Japan and …

My Spring Semester at Temple Law’s Japan Campus

My time studying at Temple University Japan campus (TUJ) was, without a doubt, one of the most fruitful and rewarding experiences of my law school career. As a Program, TUJ is incredibly well integrated as an American university in a sprawling foreign metropolis. As a country, Japan is amazingly sophisticated and well worth understanding for those curious to understand the future. If you are someone who enjoys adventure, has international aspirations, or is innately curious, I cannot recommend this program enough. Educationally, classes are well-integrated for those considering careers in international law or seeking an added dimension to their personal brand. The added benefit of small classes allowed me to personally connect with professors on an intimate level not possible elsewhere and obtain quality mentorship from international field leaders. Professionally, TUJ helped arrange fantastic internship opportunities at top-notch organizations, assisting students to gain valuable experience and build upon their CV’s. With opportunities at global firms like Morgan Lewis and BMW, students have the chance to network, experience life as an international practitioner, and strengthen their …

Top Gun XI Trial Advocacy Competition | A Q&A with Eric Love LAW ’20 and Lauren Doig LAW ’21

The below is excerpted from conversation held about a week after Eric Love competed in the Top Gun XI Trial Advocacy competition. Eric was supported by his second chair, Lauren Doig, and his coach, Professor Sara Jacobson. Top Gun is a unique tournament, giving only 24 hours to prepare before a lone advocate tries both the plaintiff and defense side of the case. This competition was also unique because it was the first full mock trial tournament conducted wholly online. It was conducted one week after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis as a weekend of protests and unrest swept the country. Eric and Lauren won the professionalism award for the tournament for the issues they faced during the final round. Eric, Lauren, and Professor Jacobson were working out of a rented apartment suite on the 7th floor at 15th and Chestnut. Eric’s final round began about 4pm. He and Lauren were unaware that blocks away, civil protest had turned to civil unrest at Philadelphia’s City Hall and that looting, small fires, and …