American Lawyer Magazine has ranked Temple Law 17th
nationally for how well prepared graduates felt they were for
practice five years after graduation. Temple was the only
regional law school to rank in the top 20. This is the first
year that law schools have been ranked on this measure.
The annual survey, which measures job satisfaction among
midlevel associates at major law firms, asked respondents to rate
their law schools on how well they prepared them for firm
life. Of all the questions on the survey, this is the one
that correlated most strongly with overall job
Notably, associates from top-performing schools "tended to say
they gained practical skills at law school that they still use
daily," pointing in particular to training in practical research
and writing skills. Collaboration and teamwork were also
identified as "soft" cultural skills that were either fostered or
ignored by law school communities, with corresponding results for
graduates who found themselves in firms that demanded these work
"While I'm tremendously pleased, I'm not at all surprised,"
remarked Temple Law Dean JoAnne Epps. "The elements of their
legal education that satisfied associates most valued - training in
practical skills, practice writing the types of legal documents
they're most likely to see early in their careers, exposure to
transactional skills, and a culture that promotes collaboration or
teamwork - are all areas in which Temple Law has been a recognized
leader for years."
Complete survey results are reported in the September 2014 issue
of American Lawyer Magazine.