Law, J.D.

BEASLEY SCHOOL OF LAW

About the Program

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a professional degree and the degree required to practice law in the United States. At Temple, students can earn a J.D. in three years in the full-time division or in four years in the evening and part-time divisions.

Temple's J.D. program delivers the knowledge, skills, experience, and professionalism necessary to excel at the practice of law. Diverse doctrinal, experiential, and integrated courses, all led by accomplished faculty, ensure that every Temple student has access to a world-class legal education, no matter what his, her or their area of interest.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: In accordance with the Faculty Regulations, students must complete the academic requirements necessary for the degree within six years. Those taking an authorized leave of absence for active military duty may exceed six years. 

Campus Location: Main Campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Job Prospects: Graduate employment outcome reports submitted to the American Bar Association and National Association of Legal Professionals for the previous three years are posted annually on the law school website. These reports contain details about the employment outcomes of graduates at ten months post-graduation.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Not applicable.

Financing Opportunities: Students can contact the Temple Law Financial Aid office via e-mail (lwfinaid@temple.edu) or phone (215-204-8943 or 800-560-1428) for information about financial aid.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

The application form must be completed and mailed to Temple Law School, or electronically transmitted to LSAC, on or before March 1.

The law school encourages applicants to apply electronically through LSAC's online application. Applicants may also either download the Temple Law School Admissions Application form from the law school website or request that the application form be mailed to them by contacting the Law School Admissions Office at 800-560-1428.

Application Fee and Waivers:
The application fee is $65. Payment may be made by credit card if the application is submitted electronically. For applications submitted through the mail, a check or money order should be made payable to Temple University and must be drawn on a U.S. bank. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward any charges if an applicant subsequently registers as a student.

Applicants for whom paying the application fee may present a financial hardship may request a waiver of the application fee by e-mailing their name and LSAC account number to the Law School Admissions Office at lawadmis@temple.edu. The law school application fee will automatically be waived for any applicant who has been approved for a fee waiver from LSAC.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT): All applicants are required to have taken the LSAT within five years of applying for admission and are required to have their scores reported to Temple Law School as part of an LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Report. The law school registration code number is 2906.

Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS): All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service for the academic year during which application is made. It is the applicant's responsibility to have a transcript from each college or university attended sent directly to LSAC.

The Credential Assembly Service will analyze and duplicate the transcript(s) and send an unofficial copy to the law school. Applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate work are encouraged to send updated transcripts to LSAC upon completion of each semester/quarter so that the Admissions Committee has the most up-to-date academic record when reviewing an applicant's credentials.

Detailed information on registering with the Credential Assembly Service and for the LSAT is available on the LSAC website (https://www.lsac.org/).

Degree Required for Admission Consideration: All matriculants to the J.D. program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution which is approved by one of the regional accrediting associations of the United States. If an applicant presents a degree from an institution situated outside the United States (other than a Canadian affiliate), the academic work required by the awarding institution must be the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution situated within the United States.

Graduate School Transcripts: All applicants must provide transcripts from each graduate or professional school attended. Official transcripts of all graduate and professional school courses can be sent either to the Credential Assembly Service or directly to the Office of Admissions at Temple Law.

Letters of Recommendation:
Number Required: maximum of 4

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should come from professors or employers directly acquainted with the applicant's academic or professional capabilities.

Letters of recommendation may be sent directly from the recommender to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) for distribution with an applicant's law school reports to the law schools to which applicants are applying or may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions at Temple Law School. Applicants should not have the same recommender send the same letter to both LSAC and Temple. Letters sent directly to Temple should be accompanied by a Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form (https://www.law.temple.edu/site/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Temple_Law-Letter_of_Recommendation_Waiver_Form.pdf). This form should be completed by the applicant and provided to the author of each letter of recommendation.

The "Buckley Amendment" to the General Education Provisions Act gives students who register at Temple Law School the right to inspect and review the letter(s) of recommendation contained in their law school records, unless that right is waived and the applicant consents to the letter(s) remaining a confidential communication between the law school and the writer. Applicants may waive the right of access provided by that legislation, but are not required to waive the right as a condition for admission to the law school. If a letter of recommendation is received by the law school unaccompanied by a waiver form executed by the applicant and the author of the letter, the letter will be treated as a confidential communication between the writer and the law school.

Personal Statement: All applicants must submit a personal statement with the application form. The personal statement provides an opportunity for applicants to present themselves, their background, their experiences, and their ideas to the Admissions Committee. Applicants may want to write about intellectual interests, career goals, achievements, family background, or involvement in the community.

Resume: While resumes are not required, applicants are encouraged to submit one as part of the application materials. The resume does not have to be limited to one page. Applicants are asked to not leave out work history because they feel that it is not relevant to the legal field.

Application Processing and Notification of Decision: Applicants will be notified via e-mail when the application and fee have been received and processed. This e-mail will also provide log on information for the Admissions Office Online Status Check through which applicants can check which letters of recommendation have been received by the admissions office and check their application and decision status.

An application will be considered complete when we have received a completed application form and current Credential Assembly Service report containing LSAT score(s) and college records. Guided by past experience, candidates whose files are complete before January 15th may have a more favorable chance of admission if they are competitive within the applicant pool. Most applicants can expect notification of a decision eight to ten weeks after their files are completed; however, requests for additional information and January or March LSAT scores may delay the evaluation process.

Admissions decisions are made from December until June and files are reviewed as they are completed. All applicants will be notified via e-mail of their admissions decision. Applicants may also check the status of their application at any time on the Online Status Check.

An acceptance packet will be mailed to all admitted students with instructions on accepting their seat in the entering class. To reserve a place in the entering class, an accepted applicant must submit two nonrefundable admission deposits by the posted deadlines. Both deposits are credited toward tuition.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 88

Mandated First-Year Curriculum

All students must successfully complete all courses in the mandated First-Year Curriculum required for their program. Unless otherwise provided, successful completion means attaining a grade of D or better in a letter-graded course and S- or better in a non-letter-graded course. Students who fail to successfully complete a course in the mandated first-year curriculum must retake the course at the next possible opportunity, as ascertained by the Assistant Dean for Students. The required first-year courses (which can change based on a full faculty vote) are:

JUDO 0406Contracts4
JUDO 0420Torts4
JUDO 0410Criminal Law I3
JUDO 0414Legal Research & Writing (LRW I)2 to 3
JUDO 0414Legal Research & Writing (LRW II)2 to 3
JUDO 0437Introduction to Transactional Skills1 to 2
JUDO 0418Property4
JUDO 0402Civil Procedure I2 to 4
JUDO 0404Constitutional Law4
Elective Menu Course 1

All students must take Legal Research & Writing II (LRW II) in the Spring following Legal Research and Writing I (LRW I) in the fall. However, a student who receives a grade of F or FA in LRW I may not take LRW II in sequence but, instead, must take both courses the following year. A student who receives a grade of F or FA in LRW II must retake both LRW I and LRW  II the following year if that student had received a grade below C in LRW I, or only LRW II the following year if that student had received a grade of C or better in LRW I.

Requirements after the First Year

Beyond the mandated first-year curriculum, students must successfully complete 56 additional credits. Those credits are completed using upper-level electives. All upper-level courses are electives with one important exception. All students must successfully complete a course in Professional Responsibility prior to graduation. This requirement reflects Temple's commitment to the development of lawyers with high ethical standards. Students must also successfully complete two upper-level writing requirements and an upper-level skills course. Review the Course Selection site (https://www.law.temple.edu/academics/course-selection/) to learn more about Temple Law School's upper-level course offerings.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Students are required to satisfy the Serial Paper component and the Research Paper component of the Upper-Level Writing Requirement. Students can fulfill this requirement by attaining a grade of C or better in a 2-credit or 3-credit Writing Seminar or Guided Research project that meets the standards for the respective component, or, regarding the Research Paper component, by completing a Note or Comment for one of the two law school journals, or a brief in a Moot Court or Jessup competition, which the supervising full-time faculty member certifies meets the Research Paper component standards and would have received a grade of C or better had it been letter-graded.

Professional Responsibility Requirement

Students must meet this requirement by attaining a grade of C or better in a Professional Responsibility course. In the event that a student receives less than a C when he, she or they initially takes a Professional Responsibility course, then the student must: (1) take a Professional Responsibility course again; (2) attain a grade of C or better in that course; (3) earn sufficient credits above the 88 credits normally required for graduation in order to make up for the credits that were received for the first Professional Responsibility course that was not successfully completed; and (4) consult the Office of Student Services for further information.

Experiential/Professional Skills Requirement

All students who matriculated prior to the Fall semester 2016 must successfully complete a course designated as a Professional Skills course. All students who matriculated in or after the Fall semester 2016 must successfully complete one or more Experiential Courses totaling at least six credits. Students may take such Experiential/Professional Skills courses, indicated below, at any time provided they have completed the mandated First-Year Curriculum and any other prerequisite courses as applicable. For this purpose, successful completion means a grade of C or better in a letter-graded course, and S or better in a non-letter-graded course. Courses that satisfy the Experiential/Professional Skills requirement are: courses designated as Clinical Courses (both Internal Clinics and External Clinics), Externships, Practicums, and designated Simulation Courses. Writing courses taken to fulfill the Experiential/Professional Skills requirement cannot also fulfill the Upper Level Writing Requirement.

Requirement to Study Bias in the Law 

All students who matriculated into the J.D. program on or after July 1, 2021, must successfully complete at least one course from a menu of courses that explore bias in the law. For this purpose, successful completion means a grade of C or better in a letter-graded course, and S or better in a non-letter-graded course.  The decision of what courses will satisfy this graduation requirement will be made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

GPA

To graduate, students must attain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

Contacts

Submission Address for Application Materials:

Office of Admissions

Temple University Beasley School of Law

1719 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

lawadmis@temple.edu

800-560-1428 (toll-free)

215-204-5949 (local)

215-204-9319 (fax)