Temple University- James E. Beasley School of Law

Temple University- James E. Beasley School of Law

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Both the programs and the people make Temple University Beasley School of Law a great place to get a legal education, said Johanne Johnston, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid.

On the programs side of the equation, Johnston said Temple is well known for its strong trial advocacy and international programs, and also has an emphasis on business, intellectual property and tax law. Supplementing these areas is Temple’s public interest law program.

“We have strong ties to the Philadelphia public interest legal community, and large numbers of our students go into public interest work,” Johnston said.

In addition to the programs, Johnston said the students and faculty at Temple are another unique facet of the school. Faculty members are known for teaching, not just scholarship, and stay accessible to students, serving as mentors and helping to find jobs. In keeping with this accessibility, Temple has the lowest first-year typical class size, at 60 students.

As the school with the second-highest minority enrollment in the area, Temple also offers students a diverse classroom experience, Johnston said. The school caters to older students who have work experience through one of only two part-time programs in Philadelphia, with an option for an evening program.

“We began as an evening program over 100 years ago,” Johnston said. “We have a commitment to making opportunities available to students who might not otherwise go to law school because they have to support their families.”

Temple is one of the most exclusive schools in the area, with the second highest range of accepted student LSAT and GPA scores. Temple also has the second-highest bar pass rate. In addition to strong academics, Temple offers both residents and non-residents the lowest tuition rates.

Published Fall 2011

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75th Percentile1623.7
25th Percentile1563.2
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$20,108$30,196
Living Expenses
Median grant$15000
Percent receiving grants68.60%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 88.10%
NJ Employment75.3
Bar Passage81.30%
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Estate Planning
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy