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Temple University Beasley School of Law

Carrying On the Legacy of Jim Beasley, Legal Trailblazer

James Beasley, Sr. was truly an extraordinary legal professional. His passion for the law and justice started at his alma mater, Temple University. Prior to going to Temple University, Jim Beasley was a high school dropout driving a Greyhound bus. He went to college on the GI bill, selecting Temple University Law School as his school of choice. The value of education resonated deeply with Jim, as he put himself through law school with the help of the GI bill.

Jim always felt indebted to Temple University for the numerous opportunities provided to him there. That’s why, in 1999, Jim generously donated $20 million to the Temple University Law School. This impressive donation was used to create a scholarship fund that has now been used to cover many students’ tuitions over the years, as well as provide necessary funds for professorial chairs and other expenses.

Innovation, Impact & Inspiration

After receiving this generous donation, Temple University responded by naming the school in his honor. This decision was to express their gratitude for one of the largest gifts ever given to any American law school. As a tenacious, hardworking, dedicated trial lawyer, Jim Beasley stood for everything Temple University Beasley School of Law sought to instill in their students.

Founded originally in 1985, the school has always been committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Beasley School of Law continues to maintain the longstanding tradition of diversity, pursuit of excellence, and desire for equal justice under the law.

Just as Jim Beasley was, the law school is devoted to the traditional ideal of creating opportunities for education to be more accessible to talented students who simply didn’t have the opportunity to attend law school on their own, whether due to race, disability, financial background, age, or other factors. Jim Beasley’s dream to create more opportunities for these individuals continues to be realized as his funding is put to good use through Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Would you like to learn more? Visit the Temple University website today.

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