In today’s challenging and competitive professional environment, experience counts. Whether they find themselves in the courtroom, conference room, or classroom, the experiences our students have today will make the difference in their careers tomorrow. Temple Law School’s experiential programs are innovative in design, thoughtfully built on doctrine learned in our classrooms, and integrated throughout the curriculum. Temple Law has been a pioneer in experiential learning for more than a half century, and today’s innovative methods are grounded in the experience that only decades of leadership can bring.
Gain Experience From The Start
Within weeks of beginning school, students negotiate employment agreements and interview mock clients in Introduction to Transactional Skills (ITS), while Litigation Basics gets them on their feet questioning and cross examining witnesses in mock trials. During their first summer, Temple students have the opportunity to build upon those skills in either the Law & Public Policy Program in Washington, D.C. or the Temple Summer Professional Experience Curriculum (T-SPEC) in Philadelphia.
Temple’s award-winning Integrated Programs provide the next step in experiential learning. Every week, students in the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) hone their trial skills by delivering opening and closing arguments as well as examining witnesses. Meanwhile, aspiring transactional lawyers in the Integrated Transactional Program (ITP) work together in simulated settings to provide a set of estate planning documents or set up a non-profit.
Temple offers a full roster of clinical opportunities for students who are ready to take their legal education out into the world. Temple’s diverse clinical courses collectively form the centerpiece of the third year for many students and are rich with opportunity. Every interested student is guaranteed a spot in one of our 28 Clinicals, both internal and external to the Law School. Clinical offerings include opportunities to litigate criminal cases, work on immigration issues, assist clients with small businesses, handle bankruptcy cases, participate in medical-legal partnerships, and advocate on behalf of families in custody matters. Temple also offers the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program for our third year students as well as the State Judicial Clerkship Clinical Program, designed exclusively for second year students.
The Temple Law Practicum
For those interested in combining the academic rigor of guided research with the practical training of a clinical, the Temple Law Practicum is a unique experiential learning opportunity in which a student and a full-time faculty member work collaboratively to solve a problem for a real client, often in conjunction with a practicing attorney. Placements involve the actual practice of law and take place in a non-profit or government setting. In addition to working an average of 10-12 hours per week, each practicum student produces a final work product suitable for implementation in a professional environment. Past practicum opportunities have included experiences with the U.S. Department of Education, International Office of Migration, Philadelphia Housing Authority, and Public Health Management Corporation.