Several student groups keep Temple’s public interest community strong.
The Student Public Interest Network (SPIN), provides peer support and raises essential funds for students working in summer public interest internships. SPIN was formed in 1992 after a second-year Temple Law student had to turn down a summer public interest job because they were unable to pay him. Ever since, SPIN has sought to ensure that future students would not have to pass up an opportunity to do such valuable work. Since its inception, SPIN has raised over $200,000, which has been used to make grants to students working for non-profit legal organizations 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 organizes and hosts an annual public interest forum centered on topics of importance to the Temple and Philadelphia community.
The Temple law student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) runs Temple’s Street Law program as well as an Immigration Project. The NLG also hosts regular guest speakers and lecturers on subjects such as reproductive rights and criminal defense.
Temple Alternative Break (TAB) was formed to provide students with the opportunity to spend spring break performing service to a community in need. Since 2007, a group of Temple law students have traveled to New Orleans each year to assist with rebuilding efforts in the region.