Drake University; Des Moines, IA
Temple Law Class:
Plan to pursue work with a federal agency
Experience Prior to Law School
The experiential learning opportunities are what set Temple apart from other law schools, in my opinion. Not only does Temple provide opportunities and suggest where students might seek opportunities on their own, but if you get an internship or have an idea for something you want to do, the administration will work with you to make sure you can take full advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. For me that made a huge difference in my law school career. In three years I worked for the General Counsel’s Office at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, two fantastic judges with the Supervision to Aid Re-Entry Program, and the General Counsel’s Office of a Department of Defense agency.
In my 3L year I was accepted into an internship program that required students to be in Washington, DC full-time in order to participate. I immediately emailed Professor Nancy Knauer, who directs the D.C. – based Law & Public Policy Program, and excitedly told her that I had this amazing opportunity but wasn’t sure I would be able to go due to the geographic requirement. She told me to contact Dean Esten and tell her about the program. With their support and the approval of the administration I was able to create my own individualized semester program that both met the credit requirements for graduation and allowed me to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Dean Esten and Professor Knauer went above and beyond what was required of them to make it happen. The real world experience and knowledge I gained through that internship are irreplaceable. While I was in D.C. I realized what I want to do with my law degree and without Temple Law I never would have been there.
Law School Memory
What about Temple Law will you carry with you as you leave to pursue your career?
What I Wish I Knew Before Attending Temple Law
Take advantage of the experiential and clinical programs, especially those like the Law & Public Policy program. They can really set you apart from other students and the existence of these opportunities sets Temple apart from other law schools.