What is a Practicum?

A practicum course offers students an opportunity to earn 2 or 3 credits in connection with an unpaid experiential opportunity. In a practicum course, students will:

  • Engage in a project for a real client under the supervision of an on-site practicing attorney or supervisor and a full-time faculty member.
  • Organize, sequence and reflect on their learning through biweekly meetings with a full-time faculty member.
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of experiential work each week (not including travel time) for a 3 credit Practicum OR 6.5 hours of experiential work each week (not including travel time) for a 2 credit Practicum each week for 14 weeks.
  • Submit weekly emails to the full-time faculty member that include hours completed, a description of all work, and a self-evaluation of any work completed.


To register for a Practicum:

Practicum Approval

Before registering, students must obtain approval from Dean Ramji-Nogales if:

  1. you are interested in engaging in an independent placement (i.e. not a School-Designed Practicum) or
  2. you have previously worked (either volunteer, for credit or paid) in a prior summer or academic semester at the practicum placement or
  3. the placement is at a for-profit entity.

In order to register for an independent, for-profit or repeat practicum placement, students must complete the Practicum Approval Form and email it to Dean Ramji-Nogales (jayarn@temple.edu).

Practicum Approval Form Submission Deadlines
Semester Deadline
Fall 2020 12:00 PM on July 30, 2020
Spring 2021 12:00 PM on December 18, 2020

Download Independent/For-Profit/Repeat Practicum Approval Form (PDF)

Practicum Agreements

All students who wish to register for a practicum must submit a completed Practicum Agreement to Ms. Kathy Wilson at kilson@temple.edu.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all signatures and approvals are obtained before the registration deadline.

Practicum Agreement Submission Deadlines
Semester Deadline
Fall 2020 By noon on August 20, 2020
Spring 2021 By noon on January 8, 2021

Download Practicum Agreement (PDF)

Practicum Student Field Supervisor Handbook & Student Evaluation Form