The Academic Affairs Office coordinates academic planning, scheduling, student academic support, and the development and maintenance of academic policies.
Academic Affairs Office
Penn State Law
Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
Associate Dean Engle's Weekly Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm at https://psu.zoom.us/j/5724350792, or by appointment
Rachel Arnold, Registrar. Schedule an appointment:
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Phone: (814) 863-9938
Student Academic Advising
Every law student has their own academic advisor who is a member of the faculty.
Please contact your academic advisor for course selection advice, or contact us for additional information.
Your academic advisor’s name is on your LionPATH account, and all faculty emails are listed here.
Professor Keith Elkin (email@example.com) , as Associate Dean for Academic Success, has a lot of insight about Bar Exam success and related issues. He can be very helpful if you are struggling academically, or want to discuss resources to maximize your academic success.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jill Engle (firstname.lastname@example.org) can serve as a resource for any other academic concerns such as which courses will be offered, degree requirements and credit limits, joint degrees, and concentrations. Associate Dean for Clinics and Experiential Learning Michele Vollmer (email@example.com) is available to discuss our law school clinics and other experiential opportunities, which give you real world experience in the practice of law while also earning credits towards graduation.
In general, you should take a balance of courses to prepare you to pass the Bar exam, and courses in your areas of interest. Here are some other guidelines:
If you earn a B- or lower in certain 1L courses, the upper level courses you should take to boost your knowledge are:
Contracts: Sales, Remedies
Torts: Advanced Torts, Insurance Law, Remedies
Criminal Law: Federal Crimes, Federal Crimes Seminar, Cyber Crime, White Collar Crime
Criminal Procedure: Advanced Criminal Procedure
Civil Procedure: Federal Courts, Federal Court Practice, Class Actions Seminar
Constitutional Law: Equal Protection and Civil Rights, First Amendment, Constitutional Interpretation Seminar, Supreme Court Seminar
Property: Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Land Use Regulation
1L Legal Research Tools and Strategies: Strategic Legal Research
1L ALAW: Writing and Editing for Lawyers, Intensive Legal Writing and Drafting
Finally, remember our graduation requirements of Professional Responsibility, an upper level writing seminar course, and 6 credits of experiential learning courses, which many students satisfy with one of our clinics and externships. Many of those have prerequisites, and you should check those as you plan your courses.
What else can the Academic Affairs Office help students with?
The Academic Affairs Office coordinates academic planning, scheduling, and the development and
maintenance of academic policies.
• The Registrar maintains student records, manages course registration, oversees student
notification of grades, monitors graduation eligibility, and assists with bar registration
• We also promote academic integrity by:
* Cultivating an equitable, positive, and safe learning environment for all
* Implementing the Honor Code and our academic rules and policies
*We are fully available to assist you!
Our academic probation guidelines can be found here.