Academic Planning

Academic Advising

Students are always welcome to seek academic advising from the Student Affairs staff, as well as from the Faculty Associate Deans for Academic Affairs.Faculty members, particularly those who specialize in your area of interest, are also helpful.

Late in the Spring semester, an information session is held for first year students which discusses the upper level curriculum, course prerequisites, and other material that is helpful in selecting elective courses. This information is made available on the Law School web site, together with memoranda describing course offerings and providing advice in a number of fields such as: Business Law, Constitutional Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International Law. Joint Degree and Study Abroad opportunities are also discussed. These memoranda can be found on the Law School web site, by selecting Current Students, then selecting Faculty Advice under Course Selection.

Information on Courses

In addition to the packet described above, information on courses is available by looking up the Course Description on the Law School web site.


The prerequisites for all law school course offerings can be found by looking up the Course Description on the Law School web site.

Schedule of Classes

Late in the Spring semester, the Schedule of Classes for the Fall and Spring semesters of the upcoming academic year is made available to students.For each course, it shows: course number and section number, course title, days and hours of classes, instructor, and credit hours.It also shows which courses are writing seminars or are available to a limited number of students as a writing seminar. Faculty members available to supervise guided research are listed.


Students register for classes through an online system called Self Service Banner, accessible through TUPortal. Students will be given information and instruction regarding the registration process prior to the registration period for each semester. The Office of Academic Affairs, Barrack Hall Suite 103F oversees the registration process during the last few weeks of each semester.Questions such as how to register or the likelihood of a class filling up should be addressed to William Wertheimer, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, by e-mailing

Day-Evening Cross-Registration

Day Division students are permitted to enroll in one evening course per semester.EveningDivision students are permitted to enroll in one day course per semester.However, certain courses are available to both day and evening students and do not count toward the semester maximum. Courses designated as section 001-019 are day courses.Courses designated as section number 051 or higher are evening courses.Absent a waiver for good cause, students who cross register for more than one course in the other division will be dropped from such courses.Courses designated as section number 021-049 do not count as either day or evening courses and are not subject to the limit on day-evening cross-registration.Clinicals, Guided Research, the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), and the Integrated Transactional Program (ITP) course offerings also do not count as either day or evening courses.

Trial Advocacy

The Department of Trial Advocacy supervises and administers the following basic and advanced programs and courses in courtroom persuasion: Integrated Trial Advocacy Program; Introduction to Trial Advocacy; Advanced Trial Advocacy; and the National Trial Team Program.Information may be obtained at the Trial Advocacy Office, Klein Hall Room 612,(215) 204-1857.

Integrated Transactional Program

This program integrates the study of Trusts & Estates and Professional Responsibility with a skills component that focuses on client interviewing and counseling, negotiating, drafting, working with legal documents, and written communications with the client.

Certification - Experiential Programs /Employment

Many of the opportunities offered through Temple Law’s Experiential Programs, as well as many summer jobs where court appearances are expected, require students to receive certification to practice in court.

In Pennsylvania, Bar Admission Rules 321 and 322 govern student certification. Students are also required to be of good character and competent legal ability. In order to meet these requirements, Temple Law requires that students must have completed the basic trial advocacy course and earned at least a “C” in Evidence. Students should contact the Experiential Programs Office in Klein Hall Room 519 to obtain certification. Students should contact their employers immediately after being hired and should plan to complete the necessary paperwork at least three weeks in advance of the date needed for certification.

If any student has a question, needs to be certified in any other state, or needs assistance in any regard please contact Jen Bretschenider (215-204-2380,, K519).

Graduate Tax Courses

J.D. students who wish to enroll in a Graduate Tax course must obtain written permission from the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Klein Hall Room 710. Registration for Graduate Tax courses is not done through Banner.

Rutgers-Camden, Cross Registration

Temple and Rutgers-Camden Law Schools permit students from one school to take certain courses at the other school.Those courses generally are limited to advanced Taxation and International Law courses which are not available at the student's home school during a particular academic year.

Auditing Undergraduate Courses

Law students may audit one Temple undergraduate course per semester free of charge.No credit is accepted toward the J.D. degree from an audit.There is no final exam for an audit.Interested students should consult the Office of Student Services at the start of the semester to register to audit an undergraduate course.Do not register through the University Registrar or Self Service Banner because it will cause an additional tuition charge to be added to your bill.