Has anyone noticed that the Temple law school website and viewbooks are not nearly as impressive as some from much less respected schools (i.e. "third tier")? And, it's not just the appearance -- it's also relatively hard to find information on the Temple website; and the viewbooks are pretty thin and lacking in detail.
It can be hard to overlook these weaknesses and seek out the hard facts that really matter. Do you think these "marketing" issues help explain why Temple's "conversion" rate is relatively low? (The percentage of admitted students who actually enroll is lower than most schools I've considered.)
As far as the aesthetics of the website and viewbooks... Do you think there's any relationship to the very, very plain appearance of the facilities? Is this a Philadelphia thing? Is style just less important in Philly?
Of course, since I like Temple and plan to attend, I like to think these factors are weeding out people who are too easily influenced by those things, thereby resulting in a better, smarter student body.
I haven't paid too much attention to the aesthetics of the Temple Law website or viewbooks and I don't know enough about the city of Philadelphia to determine whether or not the Temple Law presentation is a reflection of Philadelphia style. I have visited the campus and Klein Hall seems to be a highly modern and efficient piece of architecture without many bells or whistles. Upon researching the building I noticed that it was built in 1972 to replace the old law building that was destroyed by fire. Taking this into account, I would guess that Klein Hall was built hastily without much regard for style/content in order to replace the old building and to get the Law School back up and running following the fire.
As for the website, I have found it to be one of the most informative and easily navigable of all the schools I applied (I didn't apply to any T3 schools). It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but I think this is more of a funcion of the unflattering school colors , not design choice/layout.
Finally, Temple seems to have more area-specific viewbooks than most schools. Thus far I have received the general viewbook, the trial advocacy viewbook, the international law viewbook, the intellectual property viewbook, and the faculty publication viewbook. As viewbooks go, they aren't overly-informative nor have I found them lacking information. They didn't answer all the questions, but then again that's impossible.
Overall, I don't think it is possible to draw any conclusions about the quality of a law school from the quality of their public relations materials. I did, however, kill some minutes at work by taking the time to reply to this post.