Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson Law
Logo of Penn State's Dickinson Law
|Type||Public law school|
|Pennsylvania State University|
|President||Eric J. Barron|
|Dean||Gary S. Gildin|
|22 resident, 43 adjunct and visiting (both campuses)|
|Students||573 (unified enrollment with Penn State Law)|
|Location||Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States
|Official name||Dickinson School of Law|
|Designated||October 20, 1949|
Penn State University - Dickinson Law, located in Carlisle, PA is one of two independent and fully accredited law schools of Pennsylvania State University. The Law School offers J.D. and LL.M. degrees in law and hosts visiting scholars. Named for Founding Father John Dickinson, the Law School was opened by Judge John Reed in 1834, making it the seventh oldest law school in the United States and the oldest law school in Pennsylvania.
In 2000, Penn State and The Dickinson School of Law merged. Until 2014, Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law operated as a single law school with two campuses – one in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and one in University Park, Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2014, Penn State received approval from the ABA to operate the two campuses as two distinct law schools (now known as Penn State Law and Dickinson Law), both of which share the history and achievement of The Dickinson School of Law.
U.S. News & World Report, in its 2014 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools, ranked Penn State Dickinson (both campuses combined) 71st among the nation's top 218 law schools.
In the July 2013 Pennsylvania Bar Examination, 93.83% of first time test takers passed (both Penn State campuses combined); graduates of both campuses took the bar in 25 states and achieved an average first time pass rate of 91%; 16.67% of second time test takes passed and the overall passage rate for the school of law was 83.87%. According to Penn State's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 44.5% of the (combined) Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.
Lewis Katz Hall
Lewis Katz Hall, named in honor of the principal donor to the project, philanthropist and businessman, Lewis Katz, for his $15 million gift to the Law School. Completed in January 2010, the transition marks the end of a two-year, $52 million construction project which included the addition of the elegant, new Lewis Katz Hall which is completely interconnected with the University Park campus via the most advanced high-definition, digital audiovisual telecommunications system available.
The project included an extensive renovation of historic Trickett Hall, the Law School's home since 1918, which houses the Law School's library, named in honor of H. Laddie Montague, Jr., a prominent Philadelphia lawyer and trial attorney who has committed $4 million to the school. As a design companion to Penn State Law's Lewis Katz Building, Dickinson Law's Lewis Katz Hall was renovated and rebuilt to comply with LEED standards, the facilities feature state-of-the-art classrooms, a new courtroom/auditorium, an exterior courtyard, and an environmentally friendly vegetated green roof.
In 2014, Penn State’s Dickinson Law announced a revitalized curriculum in which students are required to participate in hands-on training, beginning in the first year of the program with client-intake interviews and culminating in 12 credits of experiential learning upon graduation. This is in addition to required courses that include two semesters of research and writing.
During their first year, 1Ls must complete courses in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Legal Argument and Factual Persuasion, and Torts. 1L's also take Practicing Law in a Global World: Context and Competencies I, Problem Solving I: The Lawyer and Client, and Problem Solving II: The Lawyer as Writer. Only two courses are required after completion of the first year: Problem Solving III: The Lawyer as Persuader and Practicing Law in a Global World: Context and Competencies II. Students' remaining credits are to be filled with electives and required upper-level experiential learning requirements, for example: a certified legal internship within one of the Law School’s four in-house legal clinics; an internship with a government, nonprofit or private office; or full immersion in the Semester-in-Practice program in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. or an international venue.
Dickinson Law Programs
Dickinson Law features three scholarly journals, including the Penn State Law Review, formerly the Dickinson Law Review. The Law Review was founded in 1897, and is one of the oldest continually published law school journals in the country.
- Penn State Law Review
- Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs
- The Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation
The Law School maintains a roster of student organizations, including:
- ABA/Law Student Division — PBA/Young Lawyers Division
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
- Alumni Relations Committee
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Amnesty International
- Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
- Christian Legal Society
- Corpus Juris Society
- Dickinson Republican Council
- Environmental Law Society
- Federalist Society
- First Impression
- International Law Society
- Islamic Legal Council (ILC)
- J. Reuben Clark Law Society
- Jewish Law Students Association
- John Reed Inn of Phi Delta Phi
- Latino/a American Law Students Association
- Law & Education Alliance at Penn State — LEAP
- Law & Philosophy Society
- Minority Law Students Association
- OutLaw (for LGBT students)
- The Penn State Dickinson Agricultural Law Society
- The Penn State Dickinson School of Law Blue and White Society
- Phi Alpha Delta
- Phi Delta Phi
- Prisoner Awareness Project
- Project S.T.A.F.F.
- Public Interest Law Fund
- Res Ipsa Loquitur
- Speakers Trust Fund
- Sports Legal Society
- Student Bar Association
- Student Health Law Association
- Toastmasters International
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
- Women's Law Caucus
- WorkLaw Society
The school also participates in a number of moot court competitions including the prestigious Willem C. Vis Moot Commercial Arbitration Moot Court, held each year in Vienna, Austria and the National Environmental Law Moot Court held at Pace University in White Plains, New York.
Students at Penn State’s Dickinson Law are active in intramural sports leagues, including flag football, basketball, and volleyball. Dickinson Law also sponsors a softball team that competes in a national tournament each spring along with nearly 1500 law students from across the country. Also, students have coached soccer, lacrosse, track, swimming, and field hockey teams at the nearby Dickinson College and other local youth leagues.
According to Penn State's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 44.5% of the (combined) Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners. Penn State's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 37%, indicating the percentage of the (combined) Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the Law School for the 2014-2015 academic year is $60,932. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $240,101.
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