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Temple Law School
Published October 2006, last updated April 2013.
Located in downtown Philadelphia, Temple University's Beasley School of Law is one of three state-affiliated law schools in Pennsylvania, along with Pitt and Penn State. It offers a full-time and a part-time J.D. program. As of fall 2012, Temple had 861 total J.D. students.
Employment and bar passage
According to Law School Transparency, Temple's class of 2012 had a 52% employment score, which means the percentage of graduates who found full-time, long-term legal jobs, excluding those who tried to go solo. One reason why the school claims to have a higher employment rate than this is that it hired 23 graduates from the class of 2012 for short-term, part-time work—that's over 8% of the class. For the class of 2011, only 5% of the class got their jobs through Temple's on-campus interview (OCI) program, and about 45% had jobs lined up by graduation.
On a more positive note, 30 graduates in the class of 2012 secured jobs at large firms (more than 100 attorneys), whose salaries usually start in the six-figure range. Twelve students obtained coveted federal judicial clerkships, and six were pursuing further graduate education. Thirty-one worked full-time in government and eight in public interest, for a public-service score of 13.2%.
Thanks to Temple's willingness to publish its NALP data, we have a fairly detailed breakdown of graduates' starting salaries. For the class of 2011, 45.8% were employed and reported a salary. Of particular note: For those who entered private law practice, the 25th, 50th (median), and 75th percentile starting salaries were $56,250, $85,000, and $127,500. For those in the public sector (including government and public interest), that range is $43,000, $49,300, and $52,132. The overall median salary for those employed and reporting a salary was $60,000.
For comparison, Law School Transparency estimates the total debt-financed cost of a Temple J.D. at about $150,000 for Pennsylvania residents and about $200,000 for out-of-staters. If you are considering attending Temple, consider carefully how much you want to spend for basically a coin's-flip chance at any full-time, long-term legal job, let alone one that pays enough to service that large a debt.
In the July 2012 administration of the Pennsylvania bar exam, about 87% of Temple's first-time takers passed. That's higher than Pitt's rate (83%) and the overall Pennsylvania first-time pass rate (83%) but quite a bit lower than Penn State's (about 96%). Most Temple students who found jobs ended up in Pennsylvania (167 grads); New Jersey (19) and Delaware (11), were other common destinations.
Admissions and tuition
In 2011, 3,739 people applied to the full-time program. Of those, 1,465 (39.2%) were accepted and 215 enrolled. For the part-time program, 405 applied, 109 (26.9%) were accepted, and 55 enrolled. In 2012, the 25th, 50th, and 75th LSAT percentiles were 158, 161, and 163. The GPA 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles were 3.17, 3.42, and 3.64.
Law schools have been ratcheting up their tuition drastically over the past few years. For Temple's 2012-2013 school year, tuition alone is $32,078 for full-time nonresident students and $25,668 for part-time nonresidents. For Pennsylvania residents, those numbers drop to $19,148 per year for full-timers and $15,318 for part-timers. The law school has estimated the annual cost of attendance, which includes living expenses, books, and myriad fees, in 2013-2014 at a whopping $56,390 for full-time nonresidents and $42,620 for residents. (Part-time students pay around $4,000 or $7,000 less per year, depending on residency.) Without even taking into account interest and rising costs, that's a three-year total of about $170,000 for nonresidents and $128,000 for residents. Add in $20,000 or $30,000 for total interest, and that's one expensive degree. Keep in mind that education loans are generally nondischargeable in bankruptcy. 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(8).
U.S. News reports that in 2011, close to 60% of full-time Temple students received grants, but the median grant was a measly $7,500. For those who borrowed money in the class of 2011 (about 90%), the average indebtedness was over $80,000. Temple does offer a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP) for those lucky enough to obtain a full-time legal job with a qualifying public interest employer. The current income cutoff is $55,000.
Simply put, think long and hard before attending Temple without a large, no-strings-attached scholarship or a guaranteed job after graduation. In 2011, 23 of 99 students lost all or part of their scholarships after their first year. In addition, last year saw 5.2% of the 1L class drop out, along with 6.7% of the 2L class and 1.8% of the 3L class.
In addition to the standard first-year courses (civil procedure, criminal law, torts, property, contracts, constitutional law), Temple 1Ls take legal research and writing, an introduction to transactional skills, and an introduction to litigation. Upperclass students can enroll in yearlong ("integrated") courses in transactional lawyering and trial advocacy.
Temple offers a summer program in Washington, D.C., for those interested in law and public policy. In this program, students pay three to six credits' worth in tuition for the privilege of working in unpaid internships. Like most law schools, Temple offers clinical opportunities and practicums (externships for credit).
Though Temple likes to tout its "nationally ranked" trial advocacy and LRW programs, bear in mind that so-called specialty rankings do not correlate well with employment outcomes. Also, many law students change their career goals several times in law school, so choosing a school based on a specialty ranking may not be a wise decision.
Located on North Broad Street, Temple Law School and Temple University exist in their own enclave in Philadelphia. While the surrounding neighborhoods are not necessarily bad, the university has made a concerted effort to buy nearby buildings and gradually increase its holdings in the area. Temple has a pleasant campus with an eclectic presentation of buildings and enough green areas to provide relief for a student seeking a moment away from the city. The university has its own subway stop and train station, so Temple students have easy access to all of the restaurants, shopping, and cultural attractions Philadelphia has to offer.
With over 38,000 students, Temple University has a diverse student body from a wide array of backgrounds. Students can enjoy themselves at the student union, cheer for sports teams, or work out at the fitness center.
Temple University Beasley School of Law
U.S. News ranking: 58
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