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Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law

Temple Law School offers both full and part-time programs leading to the completion of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Admissions, curriculum, faculty, examinations and all other standards are the same for both the day and evening divisions. Applicants interested in the part-time programs should visit the Part-time Programs page for specific information on the part-time program options. Temple has a highly competitive admission process, which is designed to look at the whole person. The faculty Admissions Committee takes seriously its responsibility to carefully and individually evaluate each application and is committed to admitting the very best from our pool of talented applicants. Applicants admitted to Temple Law School know that they were chosen because their skills, abilities, achievements, and potential earned them the opportunity.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 861
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 163
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.17 - 3.64
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 91.22%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92.0%
In State Tuition $19,788
Out of State Tuition $32,718

Overview

Overview

About Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law

Temple Law School offers both full and part-time programs leading to the completion of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Admissions, curriculum, faculty, examinations and all other standards are the same for both the day and evening divisions. Applicants interested in the part-time programs should visit the Part-time Programs page for specific information on the part-time program options. Temple has a highly competitive admission process, which is designed to look at the whole person. The faculty Admissions Committee takes seriously its responsibility to carefully and individually evaluate each application and is committed to admitting the very best from our pool of talented applicants. Applicants admitted to Temple Law School know that they were chosen because their skills, abilities, achievements, and potential earned them the opportunity.

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Founded in the late 19th century, Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law is known for its a commitment to practical learning, skills classes, and clinicals, a goal which is achieved through hands-on courses and makes for “an enjoyable place to study law.” Lots of “capable, intelligent people walking through these halls” pay a“very afford­able in-state tuition” to get “the biggest bang for your buck in Pennsylvania/New Jersey.” “Given its low cost and its plentiful regional connections, if you intend to prac­tice in the Philadelphia area it's probably the most sensible school to attend,” says a student.The school understands that law school must go beyond the theoretical, and to that end “helps students find internships for the summers or for the academic year, even giv­ing students a chance to earn academic credit for unpaid internships.” The heavy empha­sis on practical experience means that by the time a student is out of law school, they have likely had “two summer internships, a part-time legal job or internship during the school year, and have been exposed to many areas of law in school.” The trial advocacy department is “pretty amazing” and “gives students an opportunity to gain extremely important skills in both civil and criminal litigation that makes us stand out to employ­ers.” The school also has a Federal Judicial Clinical program that places 3L students in a Federal Judge's chambers and allows them to do substantive legal work on real cases.The professors “are exceptional, both personally and professionally” and “are always willing to accommodate a student's schedule,” which is especially important to students in the evening division. The Career Planning Office “is not the most helpful place, and “most students feel that they get more out of going to certain professors for career advice than they do to career planning.” Luckily, this system works out well. “Numerous pro­fessors of mine have offered to help my friends and I find summer jobs and have pro­vided excellent guidance,” says a 2L. Fear not, though: even though students have to compete with other area law schools for summer positions, “the Temple Law alumni network is quite extensive throughout the city.” “Temple has a strong presence in Philadelphia, so if you do well your first year, you should be able to find a great summer job.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 288

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 4

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 15

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA (3-4 years), JD/MPH (3-4 years), JD/LLM degree programs in Taxation and Transnational Law (3 1/2yrs), JD- Individually designed joint degrees

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 177
Full-Time Faculty 55
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 110
Faculty Gender 62% Male
37% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 70%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,788 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,865 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $31,653 $19,788

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $32,718 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,865 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $44,583 $32,718

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$22,185 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 159 - 163
LSAT Part-Time 156 - 162
LSAT Total 158 - 163

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.2 - 3.62
Part-Time 3.04 - 3.77
Total 3.17 - 3.64

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 155
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 31 13%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 8 3%
Firm Sized 51-100 11 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 8 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 9 4%
Business Industry 54 22%
Government 35 15%
Public Interest 27 11%
Federal Clerkship 13 5%
State Clerkship 21 9%
Academia 7 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 26 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DE 5%
NJ 8%
PA 70%
International 2%

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