Temple students give the law school its spirit. The law school encourages diversity in the student body through a careful and selective admissions process and the flexible design of the day and evening programs. As a result, students come to Temple from an unusual variety of backgrounds - artists, nurses, computer programmers, police officers, teachers, doctors - as well as directly from undergraduate studies. These students share the qualities of intelligence, academic excellence, and professional responsibility that characterize the Temple lawyer.
The spirit of cooperation and collaboration that grows within the student body is also present in the relationships that students have with the faculty and the administration. Through their participation in faculty meetings and on faculty-student committees, our students take an active role in shaping their legal education.
Consistent with the tradition of the legal profession, Temple law students govern themselves. Members of the bar of every state are bound by a code of conduct which sets forth the professional standards for practicing lawyers. To help prepare students for their role in the legal profession, Temple Law School has adopted a Code of Student Conduct which actively involves students in a similar self-governing process.
The Student Bar Association (SBA), which includes all law students as members, acts as the students' representative in the law school administration. In addition, the SBA is the umbrella organization that oversees the many student groups that flourish at Temple. Each weekday at noon when no classes are scheduled, student organizations put on programs, sponsor speakers, and hold meetings, and the front steps of the law school building fill with students engaged in animated lunch conversations.