The James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University

The James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Johanne Johnston
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee $60
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 38.0% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.39
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 160

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 39.2%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-163
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.16-3.54
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.39
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 161

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 26.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 157-160
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.16-3.62
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.39
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 158

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Temple’s curriculum integrates both critical thinking and practical legal skills. Temple boasts a prize-winning trial advocacy program, an extensive clinical program, business and transactional skills courses, unique opportunities to study international law at home and abroad, IP law and the law of emerging technologies, health law,and a longstanding tradition of public service to the community.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 191
Seminars 51
Positions available in seminars 768
Positions available in simulation courses 1,150
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 74
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The Student Bar Association oversees 30+ student organizations, ranging from the Black Law Students Association to OUTLaw and the Women’s Law Caucus. Academic organizations include the award-winning National Trial Team, the Moot Court Honor Society, the Jessup International Moot Court Honor Society, the Temple Law Review and three additional student-run publications.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 60
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” 0
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 523
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 761
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 59
Full-time students involved in field placements 257
Full-time students involved in law journals 145
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 36
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 158

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 60
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 113
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 142
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 7
Part-time students involved in field placements 5
Part-time students involved in law journals 11
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 1
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 32

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 12.2:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 161
Full-time minority faculty 22.4%
Part-time minority faculty 13.6%
Total faculty 173
Total faculty (men) 57.8%
Total faculty (women) 42.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 16.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#58 Best Law Schools

(5) Ranking by Specialties

#14 in International Law
#67 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#9 in Legal Writing
#7 in Part-time Law
#2 in Trial Advocacy

Law Ranking Scores

Score 52
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.16-3.56
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.39
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-163
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 160
Acceptance rate 38.0% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 12.2:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 63.7% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 92.2% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.1% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar PA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.1%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 902

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 722

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 180

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 2.1%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 3.1%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 1.8%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.4%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Johanne Johnston
Financial aid phone (800) 560-1428
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $19,788 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $32,718 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $15,958 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $26,308 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,865
Books $1,500
Miscellaneous expenses $7,319
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 45.2%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 2.2%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 11.2%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $7,500
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$15,000
Full-time students receiving grants 58.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 15.6%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.7%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $3,750
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $1,730–$5,000
Part-time students receiving grants 17.2%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $80,871
Proportion who borrowed 88.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 113,885
Microform titles 6,853
Electronic titles 36,136
Other non-book titles 1,091
Total titles 157,965
Volumes (excluding microforms) 430,898
Volume equivalent microforms 197,907
Total volumes and volume equivalents 628,805
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 35,490
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 96
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 78
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 18
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 78
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 4
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 6
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 160
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 143
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 25
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 66
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 45,462
Total seats available for library users 664
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Located on Temple’s main campus, the Law School complex consists of three buildings featuring a recently renovated library, a conference center, and a student lounge and activity area. The Law School’s anytime-anywhere computer access program includes a combination of wired and wireless network access, smart classrooms equipped with cutting edge technology, and an online course management system.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar PA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.1% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 295
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 63.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 92.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 63.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 31.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.7%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 99.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 92.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 2.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $80,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $125,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 54%
Median public service starting salary $43,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 7.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 12.1%
Percent employed in government 11.8%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 11.8%
Percent employed in law firms 39.3%
Percent employed in public interest 15.8%
Percent employed in an unknown field 2.2%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 70%
Graduates employed out-of-state 23.9%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 20
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 79.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.4%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 8.1%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.4%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.4%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0%
Employment location unknown 5.9%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Planning Office provides individual counseling, group information sessions, and on and off campus interviewing programs. Through the online Career Planning Manager, students can search job postings, participate in recruiting programs and apply for jobs. The Office also provides special support for judicial clerkships, public interest careers and international opportunities.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 70.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 93.7%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 14.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 65.8%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 12.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 72.7%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A