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The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law

The J.D. program is a three-year, six-semester course of study offered in both Carlisle and University Park, PA. The first-year curriculum and certain upper-level courses are required; all other courses are elective. Students can participate in classroom-based courses, clinics, and externships, as well as extracurricular activities including law reviews, journals, and moot court.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 541
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.23 - 3.73
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.9%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78.0%
Tuition $40,532

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Overview

About The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law

The J.D. program is a three-year, six-semester course of study offered in both Carlisle and University Park, PA. The first-year curriculum and certain upper-level courses are required; all other courses are elective. Students can participate in classroom-based courses, clinics, and externships, as well as extracurricular activities including law reviews, journals, and moot court.

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 61

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

J.D./Master of International Affairs; J.D./Masters of Business Administration; J.D./Master of Public Administration; J.D./Masters of Environmental Pollution Control; J.D./Master of Science in Information Systems; J.D./M.S. or Ph.D. - Forest Resources; J.D./ M.A. or Ph.D. - Educational Theory & Policy; J.D./ M.Ed. or M.S. or D.Ed or Ph.D - Educational Leadership; J.D./ M.Ed. or D.Ed. or Ph.D. - Higher Education; J.D./ Master of Science in Human Resources & Employment Relations.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 85
Full-Time Faculty 52
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 14
Part-Time Faculty 19
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 79%
Multi-racial 3%
International 4%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $40,532 Same as On-Campus
Housing $22,300 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $62,832 $40,532

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$45,672 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 160
LSAT Total 156 - 160

The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.23 - 3.73
Total 3.23 - 3.73

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 76%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 40
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 24 16%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 7 5%
Business Industry 31 20%
Government 15 10%
Public Interest 8 5%
State Clerkship 25 16%
Academia 8 5%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 17 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 15 8%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DE 5%
NY 8%
PA 50%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law include:

  • Hon. J. Michael Eakin - PA Supreme Court
  • Hon. Thomas Vanaskie - Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Hon. D. Brooks Smith - Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Hon. Pedro Cortes - PA Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • Hon. Thomas Ridge - Secretary of Homeland Security and PA Governor

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