Temple University Beasley School of Law Legal Aid Office1719 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Temple Legal Aid Office (TLAO) has a dual mission; to provide qualified law students a clinical legal educational opportunity with actual clients by working under the supervision of experienced attorneys to provide free legal advice and representation to clients in civil, non-fee generating cases as a community service.
Income guidelines: federal poverty guidelines; Geographic guidelines: Philadelphia
By phone: M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Each case is screened for case type and financial eligibility.
TLAO operates year-round with the professional staff assuming direct responsibility for cases. However, most intake occurs during the academic year in the months of Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., and March.
Family Law Litigation: Law students interview prospective clients at TLAO and, if the case is accepted, prepare and represent the client in court proceedings under the supervision of an experienced attorney. Typical cases include such matters as custody, support (child and spousal), paternity, adoption, and birth record amendments. Child Custody Mediation: Following intensive skills training, law students conduct mediation sessions at the Domestic Relations Branch of Family Court for cases referred by judges and custody Masters. All sessions are supervised by experienced mediators. Legal Advocacy for people with cancer, HIV, and/or physical disabilities: Law students conduct intake at various sites where people with the above health problems or impairments receive other services. Some of the intake sites include or have included the Temple Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic, Frankford Hospital Cancer Center, Street Joseph’s Hospital’s Care Clinic, the Community Living Room, and Liberty Resources, Inc. Student work is supervised by an experienced attorney. Some of the matters handled include SSI hearings, life planning, and medical insurance issues.
Outreach: Law students make presentations on custody and support law and procedures to victims of domestic violence.
TLAO professional staff members make informational presentations to community groups and agency personnel on the full range of issues handled by the law students.
TLAO maintains formal referral relationships with a number of organizations throughout Philadelphia to provide advice and
assistance on issues within TLAO expertise to qualified members of those groups. Limited intake may be generated from such referrals.
Spencer Rand, Esq., Clinical Associate Professor
Sarah Katz, Esq., Visiting Clinical Professor
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