The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law

The Pennsylvania State University ? Dickinson School of Law is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It abuts Dickinson College, a private four-year liberal arts college. It was founded by John Reed in 1834, making it the fifth oldest law school in the United States and the oldest law school in Pennsylvania. The school was established in 1834, and remained an independent institution for over 150 years, until it became associated with Penn State University in 1997, merging with Penn State in 2000. The law school is home to over 600 law students, as well as a faculty and staff of over 100.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.law.psu.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) admissions@law.psu.edu
Location (Location) Carlisle, PA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1834
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 64
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 159
Median GPA : 3.56
Acceptance Rate : 43%


Penn State Law School Admissions

Penn State Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 43% of its applicants. Comparatively, Pennstate is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2017 3451 1459 (42.28%) 162 (4.7%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.23 3.56 3.73
LSAT 156 159 160

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $40,532 $40,532
Part Time N/A N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $23,868
Living off-campus: $23,868
Living at home: $23,868

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : 12/15
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 04/30
Application Fee : $60

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Penn State Law School Community

Penn State Law School is considered to have a Highly Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Below Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Pennstate is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 49
  • Part Time : 20

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 21
  • # Minority Faculty : 8

RATIO

9.3 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : Yes
  • Graduate Housing : Yes
  • Law Specific Housing : Yes

Penn State Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Penn State University (Dickinson) 1L section size is 25% smaller than law schools in Pennsylvania and 15% smaller than all Public law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Penn State Law School: 55
Pennsylvania Average: 69
Public School Average: 63
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 437
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 111
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 136
  • Law Journals : 138
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 79

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 7.0%
  • Second Year : 2.5%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Penn State Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Penn State University (Dickinson) class of 2012 had an employment rate of 79% with 8% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2012, 75.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 41.0%
  • Business: 20.0%
  • Government: 10.0%
  • Public Interest: 5.0%
  • Academia: 5.0%
  • Pennsylvania: 50%
  • New York: 9%
  • Delaware: 5%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 75.9%
  • First Time Takers: 191
  • Average School: 86.9%
  • Average State: 84.7%
  • Pass Difference: 2.2%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Pennsylvania : 84.6%
  • Passed : 99 of 113 (87.6%)
  • State Average : 84.7%
  • Difference : 3.0%
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