Every Temple student must have the equivalent of six full-time or eight part-time semesters-in-residence in addition to completing the required number of credits. A student who remains a full-time or part-time student throughout his/her law school career and registers within the semester hour requirements will satisfy this requirement. It is the student who changes status or wants to graduate early who must consult with the Associate Dean for Students to make sure he/she satisfies this rule.
Briefly, semesters-in-residence are calculated as follows:
A part-time student must attend eight part-time semesters to graduate. The first year mandated program is counted as two part-time semesters. Thereafter, a part-time student will earn a part-time semester in residence for each semester in which he/she takes 8 or more credits. A part-time student may accelerate graduation by one semester provided he/she takes at least 8 credits, which are not otherwise required by his/her program, during summer sessions.
A part-time JD/MBA student wishing to accelerate graduation by one semester may not apply more than 6 credits from any one summer toward the 8 summer credits needed to meet the residency requirement.
The following are examples of calculations used to determine the number of semesters-in-residence. Remember that the determination that the residency requirement has been satisfied is not a mathematical equivalency and must be made by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.