As the spring semester approaches its halfway point, law
students across the nation are making preparations for the summer
between their 1L and 2L years. At Temple Law School, one popular
option for students is the Rome summer program, a five week summer
semester run through the Temple Law Graduate and International
Programs office. With the deadline to apply for the 2014 program
quickly approaching, we sat down with the Assistant Director of
Graduate and International Programs Beatrice Raccanello to talk
about the program's Global Scholars course, housing, cost, and of
When did the Rome summer program start, and what was the original
purpose of the program?
Raccanello: The program started in 1974. The purpose
of the program was to enrich the law school experience of American
students by exposing them to a foreign legal culture and to help
them understand international and comparative law as related to the
host country, Italy.
Since the program's inception,
we have recognized that U.S. law is no longer confined to national
borders. Attorneys will face international law issues, regardless
of the area of law they ultimately practice in, so we now place a
much larger emphasis on the professional aspect of law so that
students can be more conscious about the differences in culture,
society, and law that exist between Italy and the U.S.
TL: Can you
elaborate on some of the ways that your office has emphasized the
more professional aspects of law in the Rome program?
BR: We emphasize the professional aspect in
the Rome program through a mandatory course called the Global
Scholars program. This course is 1 credit and provides
students with an introduction - both in and out of the classroom-
to international perspectives on law and legal practice. Topics
include an introduction to European Law, overview of the Italian
legal profession, and international aspects of tax law. We provide
students an opportunity to reflect on their personal perspectives
on law, including their legal insights from living in Rome itself.
Students will also learn how to conduct themselves as professionals
in visits to an Italian law firm and the Italian Bar Association.
Prominent Italian attorneys, judges, and legal scholars, who have
been associated with Temple's Rome program for many years, co-teach
this course, which gives students the opportunity to meet and learn
from many different Italian legal professionals.
TL: Since the
Rome program takes place during the summer, does it impact a
student's ability to find a summer job?
BR: It does
not. The program starts on May 27th and ends on June
can be back in the US before the July 4th weekend. That is early enough for them to
do an internship for the rest of the summer. Employers - especially
judges and professors, but often law firms too - are flexible with
their start date because they recognize the value of a student's
experience with Temple Rome. Many employers in the
Philadelphia area attended the Temple Rome summer program
TL: I'm sure
the real draw to the program is the opportunity to spend five weeks
in Rome. Can you elaborate on what that entails and what
opportunities are presented to students during their time
BR: Well, first
of all they get to live in the heart of Rome for five weeks; Rome,
the eternal city, where ancient ruins, history, and art are all
around. Not only that, but students can enjoy the best food
in the world. Food in Italy is something you've never experienced
before; it's a way of life! Italians do not eat just to eat. They
eat because it is a pleasure that has to be enjoyed and not rushed.
It's a way to welcome people to your country, town, or home.
Italians can have long conversations about food just as easily as
philosophy, art, and politics. And the food is GOOD. They have the
freshest mozzarella, real pizza, homemade pasta, real melanzane
alla parmigiana, the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables,
amazing coffee and delicious gelato. I should stop here because I
could start an endless conversation on food.
Additionally, being in Rome is
being in the middle of Italy and Europe. It's easy to travel by
train to other cities in Italy or take a cheap flight to other
European capitals such as Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Berlin,
TL: Is there on-campus housing for
students, or do they need to find their own apartments? Does your
office help with that process?
provides housing for students. Housing for the Rome study
abroad students is in the Residence Medaglie D'Oro, a garden
apartment building with hotel amenities convenient to campus.
Typically, three students, of the same gender, share a
one-bedroom apartment, which includes a living room, a
kitchen/dining room, one bedroom, and a bathroom. The 2014
rental fee is $1800 (approximately) per person for the entire
summer session. The Residence is a 10-minute metro ride,
15-minute bus ride, or 40-minute walk to the Temple Rome
We also encourage students to
look into apartment options on their own, as they may be cheaper
than the residence. In recent years, most students have wound
up finding their own place, and have ended up with great apartments
for less than the residence price. Even though we cannot endorse
them, we do provide a list of websites that have been used in the
past by other students to find apartments in Rome. Students are
welcome to come to our office, or talk to professors, to understand
what neighborhoods are better and to get advice on what they
TL: How much
does the Rome summer program cost, and how do students typically
pay for it?
the cost of the program ranges between $8,500 and $11,000. Students
can ask for financial aid to cover those expenses, and we also have
some partial scholarships available. The cost for the program is
broken down in the following way:
- $3350 tuition
- Application fee $50 (Temple students are exempted)
- $300 Program fee
- Airfare estimate cost: $1200/$1500
- Housing: Temple housing is $1800. Students who look for
apartments on their own usually find it for much cheaper.
- University Service Fees: $77-$132 (depending on how many
credits they are taking)
- Meals, Books, spending money, personal expenses: estimate
- Mandatory Health Insurance: $60
TL: How do students apply for the program, and
what's the deadline to do so?
can apply online to the Temple Rome Program. The deadline to
apply is March 1st. The link to apply online
To be eligible for the program,
applicants must have completed their first year of full-time legal
studies or its equivalent and be in good academic and disciplinary
standing (2.0 GPA) at an American Bar Association accredited law
school. Our admissions process is selective, and we make admissions
decisions on a rolling basis.
The following documents are
- Completed application form;
- Official letter from the
applicant's law school that indicates the applicant's good standing
(Temple students exempted); and
- $50 non-refundable application
fee (Temple students exempted).
Many thanks to Beatrice
Raccanello for sitting down to talk about the Rome summer program.
You can learn more about the program by contacting Beatrice or
Assistant Dean for International Programs Louis Thompson at
email@example.com or by phone at