Lauren Fitzgerald

Prior to Law School

After college, I volunteered with AmeriCorps VISTA and did capacity building work at Youthbuild Philadelphia Charter School. Youthbuild is for high school dropouts who are trying to come back and finish school. It was eye-opening to see how much potential these students had, and how judgmental society can be without hearing their stories. My job was to bring in area college students and professionals to help broaden students’ horizons and ideas about what was possible. Ultimately, the students provided us with a priceless education about ourselves.

Beyond the Classroom

I had incredible experiences with clinicals and experiential learning at Temple Law. In my second year, I participated in the State Judicial Clerkship clinical, working alongside a clerk for a state judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division. In the fall of my third year, I participated in the Camden County Office of the Public Defender clinical, spending several days each week in Camden County Criminal Court. In the spring of my third year I participated in the Philadelphia District Attorney clinical in which I prepared and presented preliminary hearings and trials in the Municipal Court of Philadelphia. I also took a Low Income Tax Policy and Practice class in my third year, in which I volunteered at a local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax clinic, working with low-income clients to prepare their federal and state tax returns. From each of these experiences, I learned how to stand confidently in a courtroom, work with diverse groups of people, and form connections that will serve me throughout my legal career.

Favorite Faculty Member

I can honestly say that every professor at Temple Law is an outstanding teacher and person. It’s a toss-up among a few but I will pick two who made the biggest impact: Professors Amy Sinden and Salil Mehra. Professor Sinden taught my 1L Property class and challenged us to think critically about the law and policy. She brought an energy to the room that made Property exciting and thought-provoking. I had Professor Mehra for Antitrust—a topic many have told me is extremely challenging. Somehow Professor Mehra made the complex topic of Antitrust accessible to an entire classroom with everyday examples of each topic. His sense of humor came out in every class to lighten the mood, especially during Mardi Gras when he threw beads to anyone who answered a question. Overall, Temple Law’s faculty and administration are full of incredible people who want to challenge students and help them succeed. I could not have asked for a better group of people to lead my legal education.