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Other Important Rules

Alcohol and Drugs

All federal, local and state laws pertaining to alcohol and illegal drug possession, sales and use are enforced by Campus Safety Services. University regulations regarding drugs and alcohol are also in effect on the campus. No one under the age of 21 years may possess alcohol on university property nor may anyone over 21 purchase alcohol on behalf of a minor. The Temple University Student Drug and Alcohol Policy can be found in its entirety on the web. It is also available through the Office of Student Affairs (Room 103 Barrack Hall).

Building Access Policy

Temple Law School buildings (Klein Hall, Barrack Hall, Shusterman Hall) are primarily for the use of Temple Law School faculty, students, staff and alumni. Access to Temple Law School buildings is as follows:

  • Temple Persons - Temple Law students, faculty, and administrative employees with valid I.D. are permitted to enter all buildings. Temple University faculty, administrators and staff, Temple Law School alumni, law library part-time student employees, and Temple University students with letter of permission from their professor may enter Klein Hall for use of the law library upon presentation of appropriate I.D.
  • Non-Temple Persons - Only persons with valid I.D. in the following categories are permitted to enter Klein Hall for use of the law library: Law faculty from other law schools, attorneys with bar I.D., law students and college students from universities other than Temple with a letter from their law library director or professor requesting permission for them to utilize the library for research purposes.
  • U.S. Depository Collection Users - Following a reference interview with a law librarian.
  • Guest at Special Events - Any student organization hosting a special event that will be attended by guests other than those described above should contact the Office of Student Affairs, Barrack Hall, Suite 103, or call 215-204-8574, well in advance of the scheduled event.
  • Montgomery Avenue Entrance to Klein Hall - Students, faculty, and staff may to use their Owl Cards to enter Klein Hall through the Montgomery Avenue entrance. This entrance will be available to students from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday. The door above the ramp is not a public entrance to the Law School building, but is the entrance to the Legal Aid Office. Only those having business in that office should use that entrance.

Building Hours

The official hours for the law school building are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. If a student has a need to remain in the building after 11 p.m., he/she must inform the second floor security officer of his/her location and produce a student I.D. upon request. This is essential for the safety of students remaining in the building after 11 p.m. Student-sponsored events that could possibly extend beyond 10 p.m. must receive advance approval from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. No one is permitted to spend the entire night in the building.

Class Assignments / Class Cancellations

Check Blackboard for class assignments. Class cancellations will appear on the monitors throughout the law school building or the professor will inform students in advance.

Certification For Practice In Pennsylvania Courts As A Law Student

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. Please note that students must complete three (3) full time semesters (or the equivalent). 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, jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu, K519).

Commercial Solicitation

Commercial solicitation of any sort, whether by a staff member, student or outside entity is not permitted on the premises except by special permission of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Employment During Law School

The study of law is a rigorous undertaking which demands a student's full attention. Therefore, the ABA and the Faculty Regulations prohibit upper-level students in the full-time day division from engaging in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week during the academic year.

The Faculty Regulations also prohibit first-year students in the full-time day division from engaging in any paid employment. Violations of these restrictions can result in compulsory transfer to a part-time program, and intentional violations can be the basis for disciplinary action under the Law School Code of Student Conduct. Students for whom these rules impose a severe hardship should consult with the Associate Dean for Students.


E-mail is the primary means of communication to students at Temple Law School. All administrative announcements are posted to the student listserv, and they often include important deadlines and contact information. Therefore, students are responsible for checking their e-mail regularly, and keeping the Registrar informed of changes to e-mail addresses. Students should also be aware of the Temple University policies regarding E-mail and Computer Usage.


Students are not permitted to move law school furniture under any circumstances. This work must be performed by a member of the appropriate union. If any group or organization needs furniture moved for an event or for other reasons, they should contact Dorothy Lee, Director of Special Events, or Iris Sanders, Operational Services Manager in advance. They will make the appropriate arrangements.

Thermostats throughout the law building should never be touched or tampered with by any individual other than employees of the Facilities Management Department. Such tampering significantly interferes with the heating/air conditioning system.

Questions or concerns about facilities management should be directed to Iris Sanders in Operational Services.

Fire Safety And Regulations

Fire drills are conducted several times a year in the law school buildings. Notice is given several days in advance specifying the day and approximate time of the drill. The building is fully equipped. Elevators should not be used when the fire alarm system is activated. Any student who sees a fire in the building should pull one of the fire alarms and immediately evacuate the premises. Campus Police may also be contacted in case of fire emergencies at 1-1234 from an on-campus phone.

It is recommended that a person with a disability who requires assistance go to a safe area, usually a landing of a fire tower, and to ask another person to alert security as to his or her location so that authorized officers may perform safe and proper transport. Untrained persons should not be allowed to move people or wheelchairs down flights of steps.

Jury Duty (applicable to Law Students only)

In the event that a Law Student receives a summons to report for jury duty during the academic year (including exam period), he/she should bring the summons to the Student Services Office in Barrack 103 as early as possible before the report date indicated. The summons will be returned to the Jury Commissioner with a letter from the Associate Dean for Students requesting that the Law Student be excused from jury duty during the academic year.

Leaves Of Absence

A student who wishes to take a leave of absence should discuss the matter with the Associate Dean for Students. When a leave is granted after the start of the semester and prior to the end of the semester, course registration for that semester will be cancelled. Depending on when the leave is requested, a student may still be liable for that semester's tuition. Students considering a leave should discuss the financial aid implications with the Financial Aid Office. Leaves of absence are granted for up to one year; however, an extension for a second year may be permitted upon a petition for good cause. A leave of absence does not extend the six year period within which the J.D. program must be completed, unless the leave is required for active military service.

A first year student granted a leave prior to the end of the Fall semester must resume study only in a Fall semester. A first year student granted leave prior to completion of the Spring semester must resume study only in a Spring semester. Students who are granted a leave prior to the completion of any mandated first year course must, upon resuming study, register for that course during the first semester in which it is offered. A student who is repeating the first year program or whose cumulative average is less than 2.00 at the time a leave of absence is granted may not change division upon return.

Library Access

Temple Law Library is primarily for the use of Temple Law School faculty, students, staff and alumni.

  • Temple Persons - Only persons with valid I.D. in the following categories are permitted to enter the building for use of the law library: Temple law students and law library part-time student employees, Temple University faculty, administrators and staff, Temple Law School alumni, Temple University students with letter of permission from their professor.
  • Non-Temple Persons - Only persons with valid I.D. in the following categories are permitted to enter the building for use of the law library. Law faculty and law students from other law schools, Attorneys with Bar I.D., college students from colleges other than Temple with a letter of permission from their professors. US Depository Collections Users following a reference interview.

Posting Notices

No notices may be posted on the glass doors leading into the law school, in the elevators or elevator lobbies, or in the 1st or 2nd floor lobbies. Any notices posted any place other than on a bulletin board reserved for that purpose may be removed at any time. Student organizations and individual students may not place posters, easels or any other apparatus by the entrance to either law school building. Students should also consult the Student Bar Association posting policy.

Recording Classroom Lectures

No student is permitted to record in the classroom unless the professor of the course has given that student specific permission to do so. Such permission is generally not given without the consent of all class members. Students who have a special need to record lectures should see the Associate Dean for Students.


Temple is a smoke-free institution. Smoking is prohibited in all offices, classrooms, and public areas of university buildings. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of a main entrance, exit, or operable window of a University buildings.

Snow & Inclement Weather

For information, call the University Hotline - (215) 204-1975, or Law School Information (215) 204-7861/7862. The Class cancellation numbers are 101 for Day Classes and 2101 for Evening Classes. Updates are also posted on the University website at www.temple.edu.

In the event of inclement weather, messages will be left at the above numbers regarding school closings. Radio station KYW (1060 AM) will broadcast school closings. Information for faculty, students, and staff will also be aired on Temple's radio station, WRTI (90.1 FM). Instructors may leave additional messages on their individual voice mail numbers.

It is Law School policy not to cancel classes or exams unless classes have been cancelled for the entire university. Always call first when uncertain of a cancellation.

Instructors may cancel individual classes, and will make arrangements in advance for notifying their students of cancellations and make-up dates. If in doubt, a student should check Blackboard, the instructor's voice mail, or the Law School web site.


Students who wish to permanently withdraw from the School of Law must do so by sending a letter to this effect to the Associate Dean for Students. Students who are involved in unresolved disciplinary proceedings or have outstanding financial matters will not receive acknowledgment of resignation until those issues are settled.

No tuition will be refunded for courses dropped after the drop/add period. Individual courses may not be dropped after the drop/add period except under extenuating circumstances.  Students who wish to withdraw from an individual course after the drop/add period should contact the Associate Dean for Students.