Learning Outside the Classroom
Temple Law has long prided itself on teaching excellence. But what happens in the classroom is only one part of a comprehensive legal education. That’s why Temple offers so many opportunities for students to gain the skills, leadership, and judgment necessary for them to become talented, confident lawyers.
All students are encouraged to take advantage of our pioneering Clinicals program, in which students actively assume the role of a practicing attorney in real or simulated situations, under the close supervision of an experienced practitioner and teacher. These experiences teach students how to apply what they’ve learned in real-life settings, navigating ethical and procedural issues and sharpening fundamental skills.
Students can also develop courtroom skills through participation on the National Trial Team or in the Moot Court Honor Society. For those who wish to sharpen their research and writing skills, Temple Law offers four student run publications: The Temple Law Review, The Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, the Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law, and the Temple International and Comparative Law Review. These experiences help students to develop advanced research, writing, and advocacy skills and offer opportunities for leadership in a variety of legal arenas.
Temple also fields teams in a number of regional, national, and international advocacy competitions each year. In addition to Temple’s long history of excelling in trial competitions of every variety, students have enjoyed great success at the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge, the ABA Client Counseling Competition, the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, and the International Jessup Moot Court Competition. Participation in such competitions offers many advantages: the opportunity to explore an area of interest in much richer detail, the chance to experience how real lawyers apply what they know to solve real problems, and exposure to judges and successful practitioners in their area of interest are just a few.
All students are encouraged to join and participate in student organizations that reflect their personal and professional interests as well as aspects of their identity. Together, these organizations have formed a vibrant intellectual community with many opportunities for mentorship, discourse, debate, and service. Students can engage faculty and practitioners in panel discussions on current events, attend relevant conferences, and network with like-minded practitioners.