In today’s challenging and competitive professional environment, experience counts. Whether they find themselves in the courtroom, conference room, or classroom, the experiences our students have today will make the difference in their careers tomorrow. Temple Law School’s experiential programs are innovative in design, thoughtfully built on doctrine learned in our classrooms, and integrated throughout the curriculum. Temple Law has been a pioneer in experiential learning for more than a half century, and today’s innovative methods are grounded in the experience that only decades of leadership can bring.
Gain Experience From The Start
Within weeks of beginning school, students negotiate employment agreements and interview mock clients in Introduction to Transactional Skills (ITS), while Litigation Basics gets them on their feet questioning and cross examining witnesses in mock trials. During their first summer, Temple students have the opportunity to build upon those skills in either the Law & Public Policy Program in Washington, D.C. or the Temple Summer Professional Experience Curriculum (T-SPEC) in Philadelphia.
Temple’s award-winning Integrated Programs provide the next step in experiential learning. Every week, students in the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) hone their trial skills by delivering opening and closing arguments as well as examining witnesses. Meanwhile, aspiring transactional lawyers in the Integrated Transactional Program (ITP) work together in simulated settings to provide a set of estate planning documents or set up a non-profit.
Clinical Opportunities and Externship Courses
Temple offers a full roster of experiential opportunities for students who are ready to take their legal education out into the world. Temple’s diverse clinical courses collectively form the centerpiece of the third year for many students and are rich with opportunity. Every interested student is guaranteed a spot in one of our clinicals, both internal and external to the Law School, or externship courses. These offerings include opportunities to litigate criminal cases, work on immigration issues, assist clients with small businesses, provide representation in civil defense matters, handle bankruptcy cases, advocate on behalf of families in custody matters, provide clients with legal services in a variety of other areas, including public benefits, housing, life planning, and consumer protection, or engage in the multi-faceted practice of social justice advocacy. Temple also offers the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program for our third year students as well as the State Judicial Clerkship Program, designed exclusively for second year students.
The Temple Law Practicum
The Temple Law Practicum is a unique experiential learning opportunity in which a student and a full-time faculty member work collaboratively. Placements take place in non-profit, judicial, or governmental settings and select for-profit settings. In addition to working a minimum of 10-12 hours per week, each practicum student meets regularly with a faculty supervisor, attends four classes throughout the semester and produces a final work product assigned by the faculty supervisor. Past practicum opportunities have included experiences with the U.S. Department of Education, International Office of Migration, Philadelphia Housing Authority, ACLU, the SEC, Women Against Abuse, and the EPA.