I'm a 2L at Temple. Fire away with questions, if you'd like.
The neighborhood is what it is and isn't that bad. Straying off campus is only a bad idea at night, and since the campus is very well-lit and the regional rail and subway are close to the law school and the paths to each each are well-lit, it's not an issue. In addition, Temple is buying up N Philly, effectively, which means that the tough areas are being pushed further away from the law school.
Hey thanks.. I do have a couple of questions actually as I'm leaning more and more heavily towards Temple..
How many people do you know have SA positions lined up/job offers for when they graduate?
How helpful/communicative are the faculty, specifically in those 1L classes?
What's your typical daily schedule like?
I'm happy you're looking at Temple. We've got a lot going for us!
Jobs: those that actively seek employment obtain employment. The problem is that only 10% or so Temple grads get BigLaw gigs, so if you're going to school to get the BigLaw gig, neither attending Temple, Cardozo, nor GM is going to guarantee success. If you're looking at private firm employment (50K to 100K range), Temple does much better. Temple grads also have success in obtaining pub interest employment (the reason many of us chose Temple) and clerkships.
It feels like a crapshoot to many law students, but most often it's not. Accepting who you are, what you're willing to accept for employment, what connections you've made, and what your grades will get you is a big part of seraching effectively for employment. So many folks don't get this.
Faculty: In general, the faculty at Temple are amazing-->kind, recptive, and understanding. There are exceptions, but I'd guess doors at Temple are much more open than at most schools.
Schedule: 1L schedules are designed to keep students on campus in the morning and afternoon--one morning class and one afternoon class, almost each day of the week. After that, things become quite flexible.