Ben Templin

Ben Templin
Professor of Law
On-site Director, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Summer Program in Hangzhou, China
J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall);
B.A., Grinnell College
Phone: (619) 961-4317

Prior to joining the faculty in 2003, Professor Templin was a corporate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where his practice focused on general corporate law for early stage technology companies. Following graduation from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, Professor Templin taught Legal Methods to undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley. His web site provides instruction in how to study and prepare for law school exams. Before going to law school, Professor Templin was an editor in computer magazine publishing.

Professor Templin has published a series of law review articles on Social Security reform and government investment in private enterprise.

Courses include:

Contracts, International Intellectual Property and Administrative Law.


Contracts: A Modern Coursebook (Wolters Kluwer 2017)

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Social Security Reform: The Politics of the Payroll Tax, 32 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 1 (2013)

Chinese Reverse Mergers, Accounting Regimes, and the Rule of Law in China, 34 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 119 (2011)

Social Security Reform: Should the Retirement Age be Increased?, 89 OR. L. REV. 1179 (2011)

Social Security: Are Sovereign Wealth Funds a Model for Reform?, 35 FORDHAM INT'L L.J. 98 (2011)

The Government Shareholder: Regulating Public Ownership of Private Enterprise, 62 Admin. L. Rev. 1127 (2010)

The Marriage Contract in Fine Art, 30 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 45 (2009)

The Public Trust in Private Hands: Social Security and the Politics of Government Investment, 96 Ky L. J. 369 (2008)  Download a PDF of the article.

Comment on Neil H. Burchanan's, Social Security and Government Deficits: When Should We Worry?, 92 Cornell L. Rev. 291 (2007)

Full Funding: The Future of Social Security, 22 J.L. & Pol. 395 (2006) Download a PDF of the article.

Expensing Isn’t the Only Option: Alternatives to the FASB’s Stock Option Expensing Proposal, 30 J. Corp. L 357 (2005) Download a PDF of the article.

Presenter, Intellectual Property Infringement in China: Recent Case Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (July 17, 2012)

Presenter, Social Security Reform, UC San Diego’s Osher Institute, San Diego, CA (April 17, 2012)

Comparative Corporate Disclosure Standards for International Stock, Law & Economics Workshop, Waseda University Organization of Asian Studies, Tokyo, Japan (November 24, 2011)

U.S. Capital Market Response to Rule of Law Problems in China’s Accounting Regime, 10th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan (November 20, 2011)

Sovereign Wealth Funds, Government Investment & Financing Social Welfare Programs, Special Conference of the Brazilian Control Bank, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (November 8, 2011)

Political Economy and the Rule of Law, 2011 International Conference on Chinese Rule of Law, Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School/Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Hangzhou, China (May 27, 2011)

Social Security Reform, 9th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (November 28, 2010)

The Political Economy of Government Investment, colloquium talk, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan (December 2, 2009)

Government Investment & State Entrepreneurism, 8th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Tokyo, Japan (November 28, 2009)

State Entrepreneurism, Canadian Law & Economics Association Meeting, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (October 3, 2009)

The Marriage Contract in Fine Art, Twelfth Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, Apr. 3, 2009 

Session Chair (moderator), Creating a United Sates Sovereign Wealth Fund, 7th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan (December 6, 2008)

Legal Writing Institute Writer’s Workshop, participant, July 2008

The Marriage Contract in Fine Art, Fourth International Contracts Conference, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA (February 8, 2008)

The Public Trust in Private Hands: Social Security and the Politics of Government Investment, 6th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan (December 9, 2007)

Session Chair (Moderator): Law & Economics Session. 6th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 2007

Technology in the Contracts Classroom: Ideas, Tools, and Questions, Third International Contracts Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX (February 24, 2007)

Teaching Contracts: Pedagogy of PowerPoint, Association of American Law Schools Poster Presentation, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (January 3, 2007)

Legal Research and the Google Generation (joint presentation with Professor Linda Keller), Legal Writing Institute, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA (June 9, 2006)

PowerPoint Pedagogy, Spring Contracts Conference, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, TX (February 24, 2006)

Moderator, Innovative Methods for Teaching Research, Writing, and Effective Communication Skills to ESL and EFL Students, John Marshall Law School’s Global Legal Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2005

The Amistad Case, Law & Opera Salon, (March 15, 2004)

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.

An Evening at Petco Park with Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity

September 25, 2014

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, members of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity joined together for a fraternity social event which was held at PETCO...

Alumni Association Hosts Breakfast for Bar Takers

August 5, 2014

On Saturday, July 26, the Alumni Association hosted a special breakfast on the 4th floor of the TJSL Library for alumni studying for the Bar Exam...

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Brett Bettesworth 3L One of Four TJSL Students Interning at Qualcomm

June 19, 2013

Brett Bettesworth (3L) is one of four TJSL students who are interning this summer at Qualcomm, the wireless technology giant based in San...

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Street Law Students Visit Thomas Jefferson

March 19, 2013

By Adeyinka Glover, 3L

On Friday, March 15, students from ALBA Community Day School came to Thomas Jefferson to tour the campus...

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Sports Law Negotiation Competition & Symposium a Major League Success

October 1, 2012

In some ways the Second Annual Sports Law Negotiation Competition held at Thomas Jefferson School of Law the weekend of September 28-30 was twice...

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