Wise Guide - 2014/2015 Academic Year

Temple University Beasley School of Law - Mission Statement

Temple University Beasley School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The Faculty is dedicated to preparing students to enter and continue in the legal profession with the highest level of skill possible, with a firm commitment to principles of professional responsibility, and with a sense of personal obligation to lead and to serve the communities in which they live and practice. We are dedicated to our traditional ideal of making opportunities for legal education accessible to talented students who might otherwise not have the opportunity and those who might encounter barriers due to race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic background, or other personal characteristics. The Law School seeks to maintain and strengthen our longstanding tradition of accessibility and diversity in order to pursue the goals of excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law.

Accreditation

Temple University Beasley School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association ("ABA"). The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association has been approved by the United States Department of Education as the recognized national agency for the accreditation of programs leading to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. The ABA Standards contain the requirements that a Law School must meet to obtain and retain ABA approval.

Student Suggestions

Student comments, suggestions and constructive criticism are always welcome and can be directed to the attention of the Associate Dean for Students by email or sent via the online Suggestion Box.

Student Complaints Concerning ABA Compliance

In accordance with ABA Standard 512, students who wish to bring to the Law School's attention a significant problem that directly implicates the law School's program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA Standards should submit a complaint in writing to the Associate Dean for Students or to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

The written complaint may be sent by e-mail, U.S. mail or by hand delivery. The written complaint must identify the significant problem and must specify how it directly implicates the Law School's program of legal education and how it affects the Law School's compliance with one or more identified ABA Standards. The written complaint must be signed, and it must contain the name, TU Id number, official Temple e-mail address, and street address of the complaining student, in order to facilitate communication with the student concerning the complaint.

The relevant Associate Dean will acknowledge receipt of the complaint within three business days of its receipt. Acknowledgment may be made by e-mail, U.S. mail or personal delivery, at the option of the Associate Dean. Within three weeks of acknowledging receipt of the complaint, the Associate Dean will either meet with the complaining student or respond to the complaint in writing. At this meeting or in the writing, the student should be informed of the Associate Dean's substantive response to the complaint, the steps being taken to address the complaint, or the steps being taken to further investigate the complaint. If further investigation is necessary, the Associate Dean will conduct and complete the investigation within a reasonable time and, in any event, no more than 60 days. The Associate Dean will provide the student with a substantive response to the complaint or a description of the steps being taken to address the complaint within three weeks of the completion of the investigation.

If the student is dissatisfied with the response to, or resolution of, the complaint, the student may request, in writing, a review of the complaint by the faculty Administrative Committee. This request must be submitted to the Associate Dean no later than three weeks after the date of the Associate Dean's response to the complaint. The faculty Administrative Committee shall review the complaint and make a recommendation to the Dean of the Law School, and the Dean will communicate a decision to the student within three weeks of receipt of the request for further review. The Dean's decision shall be final.

The Law School shall maintain a written record of all complaints filed pursuant to this procedure, including a summary of the process of addressing and investigating each complaint and a record of each complaint's resolution, in the Office of the Associate Dean for Students for a period of eight years from the date of final resolution of the complaint.

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ACADEMIC PROGRAM AND GRADUATION

GRADING / ACADEMIC STANDING / ACADEMIC GRIEVANCES

EXAM PROCEDURES

TEMPLE BEASLEY SCHOOL OF LAW AND TEMPLE UNIVERSITY POLICIES

OTHER IMPORTANT RULES

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