Preparing for Law School

Successful law students come from all walks of life and undergraduate backgrounds. Just like Temple’s College of Liberal Arts, law schools value the different perspectives that students bring to the classroom. The American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend specific undergraduate majors or types of classes, but encourages you to develop critical thinking, sharp research and writing skills. Choose a major you are passionate about, whether it is philosophy or political science and take courses that challenge you.

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Internships & Professional Development

Law schools desire applicants who have the proven ability to work in the high-paced professional environment of law and understand the realities of legal practice. The College of Liberal Arts Center for Advising and Professional Development, as well as individual departments, organize internships for Pre-Law students. Recently, our students have secured coveted internships with

  • The ACLU
  • Countless Philadelphia law firms, both large and small
  • Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.
  • Philadelphia Defenders Office
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • Temple Law’s Innocence Project
  • The Criminal Justice Department’s renowned Inside-Out program
  • The Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania
  • The Political Science Department’s Capital Semester program in washington D.C.
  • The US Attorney’s Office
  • The Women’s Law Project

Pre-Law Advising

A very important part of success in law school admissions is exceptional advising and mentoring. While there are many paths to prepare for law school, you need good advisors and mentors to help you build your own personal academic and experiential path, and to know how to present your achievements to law schools in the best light. To find out more about Pre-Law in the College of Liberal Arts, you can contact CLA academic advising or the Director of Pre-Law in the College of Liberal Arts, Professor Paul Crowe.

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A Powerful Alumni Network

Our network of alums who have graduated from law school, or who are in law school now, are ready and willing to mentor our current crop of CLA Pre-Law students. All you have to do is ask us to make the connection.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

At Temple, we believe that students from all walks of life should have access to an outstanding college education. If you need help paying for your education, you aren’t alone. Most students receive some form of financial aid to fund their education. About 60% of first-year Temple students receive need-based financial aid, and the average first-year financial aid package is about $15,000. Eligible students receive financial assistance from federal, private, state and university sources. Explore your financial aid options and apply early to make your education an affordable experience.

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Fly in Four

Take charge of your future and limit your debt. The Fly in 4 partnership allows you to complete your degree on time — or Temple will pay for your remaining course work. Graduating on time means your path to success starts sooner. We provide you with the resources you need to graduate in four years, like academic advising and classes offered when you need them. You commit to doing what it takes to blaze your career path in four years.

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Tuition and Fees

For more than 130 years, we have focused on providing a world-class education at an affordable price. Just compare Temple to other universities and see what we mean. Temple tuition rates vary by college or school, residency status, student level and more. Use the Temple Tuition Calculator to estimate your tuition rate.

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Temple Admissions Deadlines

  • Feb. 1: Freshman Application Deadline for Fall Semester
  • March 1: FAFSA Financial Aid Application Deadline
  • Nov. 1: Transfer Deadline for Spring Semester
  • June 1: Transfer Deadline for Fall Semester

Pre-Law Director:
Paul Crowe
(215) 204-8591
pcrowe@temple.edu