National Jurist Magazine has ranked Temple Law School 15th nationally for practical training and given the school an overall grade of “A” in its March 2015 report, “Best Schools for Practical Training.” The only other regional law school on the list is Rutgers-Camden, which earned a “B” and was otherwise unranked. The ranking takes into account both the percentage of students enrolled in clinics, externships, or simulation courses and student participation in interscholastic skills competitions.
Temple has been widely recognized as a leader in experiential legal education for more than a half century. The school’s clinical program, currently ranked 19th among law schools nationwide by National Jurist magazine, was established with the opening of the Temple Legal Aid Clinic in 1953. Today, in addition to the three in-house clinics offered through Legal Aid, Temple offers more than two dozen external clinics in a wide variety of settings. Many students also take advantage of Temple’s other elective experiential offerings, which include award winning integrated programs in trial advocacy and transactional law, immersive summer experiences in D.C. and Philadelphia, and our unique Practicum program. Additionally, Temple Law’s first year curriculum includes Introduction to Transactional Skills and Litigation Basics, hailed by National Jurist magazine as among the 15 most innovative ideas in experiential legal education.
Temple also offers a rich variety of opportunities for interscholastic competition. In addition to Temple’s renowned National Trial Team, the Moot Court Honor Society, and the Jessup International Moot Court Team, Temple faculty work with interested students to compete in annual transactional skills competitions like the ABA Tax Challenge.