At the James E. Beasley School of Law, we see legal education as an enterprise of relevance and impact opening avenues of professional opportunity to promising students, advancing the practice of jurisprudence through meaningful scholarship, and bringing benefit to our community in many direct ways. A dynamic center of learning, the School of Law is continually evolving, responding to new realities in the legal field and in the world around us. In recent years, we have added nationally recognized scholars to our faculty, attracted talented applicants in record numbers, and developed impressive areas of curricular strength. With the support of our alumni and friends, we now seek to build on this record of success, extending our tradition of educational access and advancing to a new level of excellence.
OUR PLAN FOR PROGRESS
The Beasley School of Law stands committed to enhancing the distinction of our academic programs and to extending our tradition of providing qualified students of modest means with access to a great legal education. To do so, we seek to augment the Law School's financial resources and, in particular, to increase annual giving and endowment funding, particularly in support of the following priorities:
With the help of our alumni, who have consistently demonstrated their desire to give back to the Law School, we look to enhance the number of full scholarships we offer. This will increase the affordability of a Temple Law degree, support the recruitment of outstanding students, and enable more of our graduates to choose public interest and service careers. It will also help reduce the burden of debt our graduates face, which commonly totals $110,000 or more when students' outstanding loans from earlier degrees are taken into account.
FACULTY CHAIRS AND PROFESSORSHIPS
Recruiting and retaining superb faculty are critical to overall excellence and especially necessary as we expand course offerings in areas such as international law, business law, intellectual property, and technology law. Endowed chairs and professorships are invaluable not only in competing for sought-after scholars, but also in supporting their work at Temple, which often requires travel, specialized academic resources, and research support.
PUBLIC INTEREST PROGRAMS
The Law School is committed to the ideal of law in the public interest. We educate our students in this ideal and provide valuable service to the community through our Public Interest clinical programs. Our clinical programs involve 95 percent of second- and third-year Temple Law students and reach more than 3,000 members of the community each year. Achieving the full educational potential of these programs and securing their future require increased financial support.
THE LAW LIBRARY
The intellectual heart of the Law School, the law library, is critical for teaching and research. It represents an outstanding naming opportunity as we strive to enhance electronic resources while maintaining a core collection of books. Additional funding for the library will enable it to use the most up-to-date and powerful tools to support teaching and research in new and rapidly evolving areas of the law.
The Trial Advocacy and International Programs stand out as two centers of excellence within the Law School. These programs are both exceptionally innovative and crucial in today's globalized economy. Also key to the growth of excellence in the curriculum is a business law program that will equal the level of distinction achieved by the trial advocacy and international programs.
To secure the future of these exceptional programs and recognize the outstanding individuals responsible for their success, we now seek permanent funding for each of these programs through endowment.