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.
List of Student Organizations
American Bar Association – Law Student Division – The ABA is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. Our mission is to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession. The Law Student Division is concerned with legal education and works with the Section of Legal Education on issues of mutual concern. The Division also has an impact on practical and professional skills development and provides assistance in the search for jobs, both during and after graduation from law school. Additionally, the Division offers leadership training, public service opportunities, career development programming, and practical skills competitions. Membership is open to all law students.
American Constitution Society (ACS) - The American Constitution Society believes that the Constitution is a charter of liberty, the blueprint for a noble and unique experiment designed to prevent the excesses of government in order to protect the human dignity necessary for individuals to realize the full potential of their lives and provide educational events on many topics related to these goals for the Temple Law community.
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association - The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) provides a resource group for Asian law students, offers a forum to examine issues relevant to the Asian community locally and nationally and explores the various opportunities for Asian lawyers.
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) goals include increasing minority membership in the legal profession, enhancing the quality and perspective of the minority Bar, and establishing relationships with surrounding community organizations.
The Brehon Law Society - Interested students have an opportunity to learn about Irish laws and culture through the social, cultural and intellectual activities of the Brehon Society and its affiliation with the Philadelphia Chapter.
Business Law Society (BLS) - The Business Law Society is aimed at Temple law students who are interested in pursuing a career in the transactional side of the law, rather than in litigation. Our mission is to provide information, resources, advice, and networking opportunities for students to get them on the right track to eventually pursuing a full-time career in business law. Trips that we have taken include the Bankruptcy Court and the Federal Reserve. The Business Law Society hosts guest speakers to speak on various topics, such as government service, health care, law office management, consumer financial regulation, alternatives to having a “typical lawyer job” with a J.D. degree, general business aspects of being in a law firm, the ethics of billing, international law, intellectual property, e-commerce, alternative dispute resolution, client management, career management, and more. Networking opportunities between lawyers are set up through happy hours, hors d'oeuvres hours, and luncheons. The Business Law Society also collaborates with the Fox School of Business, in order to further expand the horizons of employment and networking opportunities for students.
The Christian Legal Society - The Christian Legal Society is a national organization of law students, lawyers and judges from around the country who are concerned with the difficult challenge of integrating their faith in Christ with the legal profession.
The Temple Environmental Law Society (TELS) - is dedicated to educating and energizing the law school community about the numerous issues in law, policy, science and management that confront professionals in the field of environmental law. TELS also looks to provide activities and events to promote exposure to the environmental law community in Philadelphia and provide access to the outdoors.
Federalist Society - The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. Please visit http://www.templelawfederalistsociety.com for more information.
Health Law Society - The Health Law Society is committed to increasing student understanding and awareness of the field of Health Law, providing students with opportunities for participation and collaboration in the field of Health Law within and beyond Temple Law. We also work closely with the Center for Health, Law, Policy & Practice aiding with public health research and outreach in the Philadelphia community.
Intellectual Property Law Society - This Society was formed to promote the discussion of the legal challenges presented by technological advances. This group sponsors speakers and events focusing on Intellectual Property Law.
Jessup International Moot Court Honor Society - The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest, with participants from over 500 schools in more than 80 countries. The competition centers on issues of public international law and a hypothetical dispute among fictional countries before the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Temple Law fields a team in the Jessup Moot Court Competition each year. Temple teams have had notable success in recent years, garnering team and individual recognition in the regional rounds and twice advancing to the international round.
The Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA) is a cultural, social, educational, and religious organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community of Temple Law School. JLSA promotes intellectual and professional growth among its members through a variety of events including guest speakers, philanthropies, happy hours, religious text study and a unique 1L mentoring program.
The Justinian Society - Founded in 1935, the Justinian Society is a legal organization comprised of attorneys, judges and law students of Italian-ancestry. Located in Philadelphia, the Society's members celebrate generations of involvement within the legal community. Justinian Society members are engaged in activities directed toward fostering a spirit of good fellowship, maintaining honor and dignity of the legal profession, performing civic duties, administering justice, and promoting the study of law. The Society promotes continuing education in law, supports the advancement of qualified and distinguished Justinians in public office, serves the Italian-American legal profession and the community, and strives to uphold a positive image and take action against negative stereotyping against Italian-Americans. The Society sponsors quarterly luncheons and events honoring members of the bench and bar as well as members of our community. One such honor, the Cesare Beccaria Award, is co-sponsored with the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) - LALSA provides an atmosphere of academic support and personal growth to its members and encourages participation in the community.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice - LSRJ challenges the next generation of legal experts to address and overcome the roots of reproductive oppression, while constructing legally tenable, realistically accessible avenues for informed, consensual, unobstructed decision making about education, sex, contraception, sterilization, abortion, procreation, birth, and parenting.
Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) - MLSA is a student organization committed to promoting greater diversity within the legal profession and facilitating the academic and professional development of its student members. We provide an opportunity for Muslim students to network with one another in Temple, other local law schools, and within the greater legal community. MLSA encourages students of all religions, races, and backgrounds to become active members and to take advantage of an excellent way to not only participate within the law school environment but to cultivate their legal careers.
National Lawyers Guild - an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. Our aim is to bring together all those who regard adjustments to new conditions as more important than the veneration of precedent; who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, and minority groups upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression. The Temple Chapter maintains close ties with the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and members have numerous opportunities to meet and work with legal workers in the Philadelphia area. A national listserv is maintained for NLG law student members to network, disseminate information, debate issues, and generally improve law student activism. To find out more about the National Lawyers Guild Philadelphia Chapter, please visit http://www.nlgphilly.org.
Outlaw - Outlaw is comprised of gay and non-gay people involved with issues that engage sexual orientation or gender identity and the law.
Prima Facie – Temple Law’s student run newsletter.
South Asian Law Students Association - The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) provides support to its members and examines issues of concern to South Asians in the legal world.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) - SELS is for any student interested in the fields of Sports Law or Entertainment Law. Our organization has hosted an exciting lineup of speakers over the past several years including Philadelphia Eagles General Counsel Aileen Daly and Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network. We are always seeking new members and will hold an informational meeting early in the semester.
Students For Students - The Students For Students Project addresses the school-to-prison pipeline crisis by representing students and parents at school disciplinary hearings. In addition to direct representation and advice, we educate parents and students about their rights at community workshops, and we network with other law schools to develop similar programs in other regions. Our network of student advocates helps to minimize the disproportionately punitive effects of “zero-tolerance” discipline policies and promote alternative resolutions that keep students in school.
Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) - Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) – SPIN fosters a community for students interested in public interest by hosting informational events, providing volunteer and networking opportunities to students, and raising money to ensure that students who want to work in public interest over the summer can afford to do so. “Public interest” work generally refers to any job that helps disadvantaged populations. At Temple, we define public interest work broadly to include government offices, judicial internships, and non-profit organizations. Since its inception, SPIN has raised over $200,000, which has been used to make grants to students working in public interest during the summer. The funds are raised through the efforts of Temple Law students in a series of events that culminate with an annual auction. SPIN also hosts an annual Forum, career panels, and a number of small community events throughout the year.
Temple Alternative Break (TAB) - Temple Alternative Break sends a group of Temple Law students annually to a region of the United States, for example New Orleans in Spring 2010, to provide free legal and community-based services. We solicit donations for the travel, accommodations, and meal expenses of the law student participants, raise general awareness of the need for free legal and community-based services both in the Philadelphia region and nationally, and provide community service-related activities in the Philadelphia region throughout the academic year. This organization is open to the entire law school community, regardless of an individual’s intentions to participate in the alternative break trip.
Temple International Law Society - The Temple International Law society is one of Temple's fastest growing student organizations. Its primary goals are to build relationships between American and international students, to educate the student body on public and private international law issues, to hold career panels so that students can learn how to break into the field, to reward outstanding Temple Law students for their work and research in international law, and to provide a social outlet for people who share an interest in international law. ILS strives to balance social events with academic and career events so that members have a varied exposure to the international law community. Anyone with an interest in international law is encouraged to become a member.Temple Law School Democratic Association - The Temple Law School Democratic Association provides an opportunity for student participation in the political process, particularly on behalf of Democratic party principles and candidates.
Temple Law School Republican Association - Temple Law School Republican Association encourages student participation in the legal aspects of the political process, particularly on behalf of Republican party principles and candidates.
Temple Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund - The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is dedicated to the goals of educating the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse and engaging in projects that combat that abuse. The SALDF is also committed to advancing the interests of animals through the legal system and raising the profile of animal law.
US for Africa - US for AFRICA is comprised of Temple University Law students. The main goal of our organization is to draw attention to the economic, political and social problems that arise as a result of United States’ foreign policy toward Africa. We would like to encourage sound engagement with African politics through informed advocacy, particularly amongst individuals with developing legal knowledge. Our organization is designed to bring together a series of individuals in order to determine whether United States foreign policy towards Africa promotes self-determination, universal rights and humanitarian legal principles.ႄ⚏>
Women's Law Caucus - The Women's Law Caucus has been active in dealing with problems that particularly concern women in law school as well as those confronting women in society generally.
Law Journals and Honor Societies
Temple Law Review - Founded in 1927, Temple Law Review is a student-edited, quarterly journal dedicated to providing a forum for the expression of new legal thought and scholarly commentary on important developments, trends, and issues in the law. Each issue contains articles written by judges, legal scholars, or practitioners, as well as recent notes and comments written by members of the Law Review staff.
Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review - The Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review (TPCRLR) is a student-edited scholarly journal which provides a forum for the discussion of contemporary political and civil rights issues. Established in 1991, the TPCRLR is now recognized as one of the top issue-specific law reviews in the nation. Articles reflect a spectrum of concerns ranging from immediate questions of law and policy to basic assumptions about the nature of individuals, groups, and institutions. Recent articles published by TPCRLR include: Homelessness Among Registered Sex Offenders: A Case for Restricted Sex Offender Registration and Notification; A Public Calling: Lessons from the Lives of Judges of Color in Pennsylvania; Prosecutorial Discretion in Juvenile Cases: An Oxymoron; Racial Profiling and a Punitive Exclusionary Rule; Linguistic Colonialism: Law, Independence and Language Rights in Puerto Rico.
Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law - The Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law (TJSTEL), formerly known as the Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal, is the second oldest student managed publication of the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. This unique journal is published twice annually, and is edited by a highly motivated staff of law students chosen for their outstanding academic achievement and writing ability. The Journal publishes relevant articles written by both Temple Law Students and outside authors.
Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law - TICLJ is a student-run journal of the highest quality. It is a specialty publication—one that devotes itself exclusively to cutting-edge issues within the fields of international and comparative law. TICLJ selects ambitious articles that present new and challenging ideas. The journal’s goal is to not merely explain the law, but develop it as well. Its audience spans across the world and includes students, academics, policymakers, and lawyers in both the public and private sectors. The members of TICLJ therefore relentlessly strive to respect the gravitas of their work as writers, editors, and publishers.
Moot Court Honor Society - The Moot Court Honor Society is an organization of outstanding law students who are devoted to excellence in written and oral appellate advocacy. In pursuing this goal, the Moot Court Honor Society shall require the highest standards both as a condition of earning membership, and as a condition of maintaining membership. The Moot Court Honor Society has been a Temple institution for decades and many of Pennsylvania's most respected jurists are alumni members.
Rubin Public Interest Honor Society