J.D. Application Procedure

One of the best things about Temple Law is the individuality of our students.  Each one has something unique to contribute to our community and to the profession, and we delight in watching it unfold during their time here.  That’s why we’re so pleased that you are interested in becoming one of them. What will you bring to Temple Law?

Temple Law students come from many different educational and professional backgrounds. There is no one best path or fixed pre-law curriculum. Successful study of law is more often related to developed habits of disciplined work on challenging intellectual problems than to the knowledge of any special body of facts.

Our application process is rigorous, so it’s important to read the admission section carefully prior to completing and forwarding your application. You should think about the best way for you to demonstrate your unique skills and experiences and give us your most complete and thoughtfully prepared responses to all questions on the application .

This information is for applicants seeking admission as a beginning student. Applicants for transfer or visiting status should visit the Transfer/Visiting student page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Details and Requirements

1. Application Form

The application form must be completed and mailed to Temple Law School, or electronically transmitted to LSAC, on or before March 1, 2015.

We encourage you to apply electronically through LSAC's online application. You may also download a copy of the application form, complete it and return to our office. Applicants may also request that a copy of the application form be mailed to them by contacting the Law School Admissions Office at 800-560-1428.

If you mail your application it should be sent to the following address with the $60 application fee:
Office of Admissions
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
1719 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

2. Application Fee

The application fee is $60. A check or money order should be made payable to Temple University and must be drawn on a U.S. bank. Payment may also be made by credit card if the application is submitted electronically. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward any charges if an applicant subsequently registers as a student.

Applicants with serious financial hardships may request that the application fee be waived by submitting a request in writing along with the application. All requests for waiver of the application fee must be accompanied by documentation to support the request. If the applicant is currently in college, a financial aid officer must provide a statement of financial need along with a copy of a current financial aid award letter. The law school application fee will automatically be waived for any applicant who has been approved for a fee waiver from LSAC.

3. Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

All applicants are required to have taken the LSAT within the last five years (i.e., not before June 2010), and to have the scores reported to Temple Law School as part of an LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Report. Our registration code number is 2906. The last LSAT test date acceptable for fall 2015 admission is February 7, 2015.

4. Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service for the academic year during which application is made. It is the applicant's responsibility to have a transcript from each college or university attended sent directly to LSAC.

The Credential Assembly Service will analyze and duplicate the transcript(s) and send an unofficial copy to the law school.  Applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate work are encouraged to send updated transcripts to LSAC upon completion of each semester/quarter so that the Admissions Committee has the most up-to-date academic record when reviewing an applicant's credentials. .

Detailed information on registering with the Credential Assembly Service and for the LSAT is available on the LSAC website, www.LSAC.org.

5. Graduate Transcripts

All applicants must provide transcripts from each graduate or professional school attended. Official transcripts of all graduate and professional school courses can be sent either to the Credential Assembly Service or directly to the Temple University Beasley School of Law Office of Admissions.

6. Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations

The Admissions Committee suggests that a maximum of four letters of recommendation or evaluations be submitted. Recommendation letters or evaluations should come from professors or employers directly acquainted with the applicant's academic or professional capabilities. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly from the recommender to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) for distribution with your law school reports to the law schools to which you are applying or may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions at Temple Law School. Do not have the same recommender send the same letter to both LSAC and Temple. Letters sent directly to Temple should be accompanied by a waiver form. These forms should be completed by the applicant and provided to the author of each letter of recommendation.

The "Buckley Amendment" to the General Education Provisions Act gives students who register at Temple University School of Law the right to inspect and review the letter(s) of recommendation contained in their law school records, unless that right is waived and the applicant consents to the letter(s) remaining a confidential communication between the law school and the writer. Applicants may waive the right of access provided by that legislation, but are not required to waive the right as a condition for admission to the law school. If a letter of recommendation is received by the law school unaccompanied by a waiver form executed by the applicant and the author of the letter, the letter will be treated as a confidential communication between the writer and the law school.

7. Personal Statement

All applicants must submit a personal statement with the application form. This is your opportunity to present yourself, your background, your experiences, and your ideas to the Admissions Committee. You may want to write about your intellectual interests, your career goals, your achievements, your family background, or your involvement in your community.

It is up to you to decide what you want to write about and how you want to express your thoughts. Keep in mind that the readers of your personal statement will be trying to get a sense of you as a person and as a prospective Temple Law School student. We encourage you to be as candid and thoughtful as possible. There is no specifc length required for the personal statement, although on average, personal statements are two to three pages in length.

8. Application Processing and Notification of Decision

Applicants will be notified via e-mail when the application and fee have been received and processed. This email will also provide log on information for the Admissions Office Online Status Check through which applicants can check which letters of recommendation have been received by the admissions office and check their application and decision status.

Admissions decisions are made from December until June and files are reviewed as they are completed. An application will be considered complete when we have received a completed application form and current Credential Assembly Service report containing LSAT score(s) and college records. Guided by past experience, candidates whose files are complete before January 15 may have a more favorable chance of admission if they are competitive within the applicant pool.  Most applicants can expect notification of a decision eight to ten weeks after their files are completed; however, requests for additional information and December, 2014 or February, 2015 LSAT scores may delay processing.

An official admission decision is communicated only by letter duly signed by the assistant dean for admissions or the dean of Temple Law School. Admissions decisions are also posted online via the Online Status Check. To reserve a place in the 2015 entering class, an accepted applicant must submit a non-refundable admission deposit of $150 by April 15, 2015 or within 10 days of acceptance, whichever is later. A second nonrefundable deposit of $250 is due by June 15, 2015 to reserve a place in the entering class. Both the first and second deposits are credited toward tuition.

9. Day/Evening Division Assignment

To the extent possible, assignment to a particular division is made according to each applicant's choice. If space is not available in one division, the Admissions Committee may, at its discretion, offer a place in the other division to candidates meeting the common admissions standards. Applicants must obtain written approval in order to matriculate in a division other than the one to which acceptance was granted.

10. Applicants With Criminal Convictions

It is imperative that section on character and fitness on the application be answered fully. Because of the high ethical standards to which lawyers are held, the failure to disclose any criminal conviction or pending criminal charge is often more significant, and can lead to more serious consequences, than the criminal conviction or charge itself.

It is extremely important that an applicant who has been convicted of any criminal offense, or against whom criminal charges are now pending, consult the state board of law examiners in every state in which the applicant expects to practice law. Some states have restrictions which prohibit the practice of law by persons who have been convicted of certain criminal offenses.

11. Minimum Admission Criteria

All matriculants in the J.D. program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution which is approved by one of the regional accrediting associations of the United States. Applicants with foreign degrees should refer to Section 17 below. Except upon a showing of extraordinary circumstances, admission will automatically be denied any candidate who presents undergraduate work with a cumulative grade point average (as calculated by LSDAS) of less than 2.35 on a 4.0 scale. Possession of minimum criteria, however, in no manner assures acceptance. Admission is on a competitive basis with identical requirements for both Day and Evening Divisions. The median grade point average and LSAT score for those enrolled in the 2013 entering class were 3.40 and 160, respectively. The middle fifty percent of those enrolled presented LSAT scores ranging from 156-162, and grade point averages ranging from 3.10-3.61.

12. Evaluation Process & Sp.A.C.E.

Temple is committed to admitting the very best applicants from our pool of talented individuals. We are proud of our history and of our traditions. We believe in diversity, for it enriches our lives and our ability to succeed as legal professionals. We share a vision of the law as a service profession and a vision of life as made meaningful through service. We understand the aspirations of individuals to find a better way through law. We are dedicated to excellence. The admissions process at Temple reflects these values.

Temple's admission process is very selective. The faculty admissions committee takes seriously its responsibility to carefully and individually evaluate each application. Our admission process is designed to look at the whole person. The faculty selects applicants who have outstanding performance records and exceptional aptitudes for the study of law. In doing so, the faculty recognizes that these criteria are not always reflected by grade point averages and LSAT scores alone.

Consistent with the ideals of Russell Conwell, the founder of Temple University, Temple Law School takes seriously its mission of offering opportunities to students who might otherwise be foreclosed from pursuing a high quality legal education. The law school began as an evening program more than 100 years ago, providing students with jobs and families the chance to pursue a legal education. With the support of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Temple has been able to offer affordable tuition to Pennsylvania residents, making law school a more realistic opportunity for many students.

More than thirty years ago the faculty at Temple Law School established Sp.A.C.E. in order to give a contemporary voice to Temple's traditional mission. Sp.A.C.E. is a discretionary admissions process which avoids over-reliance on the LSAT or any other arbitrary and abstract measuring factor in the admissions process. At the discretion of the faculty admissions committee, any application may be considered under Sp.A.C.E.. The faculty has identified the following characteristics as priorities in determining whether or not a particular applicant should be admitted under this discretionary admissions process: applicants who have overcome serious long-standing economic deprivation, or who come from working class families historically foreclosed from higher education; applicants who come from racial or ethnic minority groups; applicants whose families are recent immigrants to the United States; applicants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability in college, community or career activities, or who have evidenced a commitment to service through Peace Corps, VISTA, military or other service work; applicants with academic honors, graduate or undergraduate degrees of unusual merit, or undergraduate grade point averages of 3.8 or higher and standardized test scores that do not reflect this academic strength; applicants who worked during college to finance their education or support their families;applicants who identify as gay, lesbian or transgendered; applicants with significant or unusual career achievement since graduation from college; applicants with serious physical disabilities; and applicants with other unique strengths and achievements.

If you feel one or more of these characteristics describe you or your background, we ask that you share with us in writing your unique personal history, highlighting for the committee your strengths and achievement. This information will assist the faculty admissions committee in fairly evaluating your candidacy. Information about your personal background and achievement can be included in your personal statement, or if you prefer, in an additional Sp.A.C.E. statement.

If you are admitted to Temple Law School, you will know that you were chosen because your skills, abilities, achievements, and potential are the credentials that earned you this opportunity.

13. Reapplication

All admission procedures and deadlines for reapplicants are identical to those for new applicants. Please note that reapplicants are required to submit a new application form, application fee, and a new personal statement and must have a current registration with the Credential Assembly Service.

14. Applicants Who Have Previously Attended Law School

An applicant who has previously attended any law school as a matriculated student must so indicate in the appropriate place on the application form. The applicant must give the name of the school(s) and date(s) of attendance and, on a separate sheet, explain the circumstances in detail. A letter verifying these circumstances must be sent directly to the admissions office from the dean or appropriate officer of the law school attended before the application can be reviewed.

Except upon a showing of extraordinary circumstances, admission will automatically be denied any candidate who has matriculated and taken examinations at a law school which is not a member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), or has matriculated at any law school and subsequently been dismissed, whether for academic or other reasons.

15. Applicants With Foreign Degrees

If an applicant presents a degree from an institution situated outside the United States (other than a Canadian affiliate), the academic work required by the awarding institution must be the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution situated within the United Sstates

Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores are required of all applicants with foreign degrees. In cases where English is not the first or primary language, applicants are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Temple Law School requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the  LSAC  Credential Assembly Service.  If you completed any postsecondary work outside the U.S. (including territories) or Canada, you must use this service for an evaluation of your foreign transcripts.  The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the Crential Assembly Service registration fee.  A Foreign Credential Evaluation  will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorportated into your CAS report.  If we determine that you need to submit a TOEFL score, you must contact Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC.  LSAC's TOEFL code for the Credential Assembly Service is 0058.  Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your law school report.

Questions about the Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215-968-1001, or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.

16. Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)

Temple Law School is a supporting member of CLEO and encourages applications from persons who have applied or been selected as CLEO Fellows. Such applicants should indicate this information on their applications. In the case of some CLEO fellows, a decision may be reserved pending successful completion of the CLEO Institute, but successful completion of the Institute in no way assures acceptance by the law school. CLEO fellows who anticipate needing financial aid must comply with the law school's financial aid filing requirements. Further information on CLEO may be found on their website, www.cleoscholars.com.