The Penn State Dickinson School of Law previously operated as a single law school with faculty and students resident on two campuses: Carlisle, Pa., and University Park, Pa. In June 2014, the ABA approved Penn State’s request to operate two fully approved law schools under separate administrations comprised of separate faculty, academic programs, and facilities at each of the campuses. The law schools are known collectively as The Dickinson Schools of Law of The Pennsylvania State University and individually as Dickinson Law (Carlisle, Pa.) and Penn State Law (University Park, Pa.).
In academic year 2015-16, both schools admitted separate classes of first-year students and will admit separate classes henceforth. The schools will cooperate to provide a unified J.D. program to all current students in their second and third years who enrolled in the single, two-campus law school before fall 2015. The two schools will operate in this manner through spring 2017 when the last class of students in the two-campus law school will graduate.
Although the Penn State Law faculty, curriculum and programs based in University Park have been offered as part of the two-campus law school since 2006, Penn State Law did not begin to operate as a separate school until fall 2015. Therefore, some of the data about Penn State Law for which the ABA requires disclosure is from the unified operation.
EMPLOYMENT SUMMARY REPORTS
- Penn State Law Employment Data
- ABA Employment Summary — Class of 2015 (reflecting outcomes for graduates of the University Park campus only)
- ABA Employment Summary — Class of 2014 (reflecting outcomes for graduates of the two-campus school)
- ABA Employment Summary — Class of 2013 (reflecting outcomes for graduates of the two-campus school)
ADMISSIONS DATA (reflecting admissions at the separate Penn State Law in University Park)
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION (reflecting the two-campus school)
STANDARD 509 INFORMATION REPORT
- 2016 Standard 509 Information Report compiled from the most recent information submitted in the ABA annual questionnaire
A note on bar passage data for 2013 as noted in the above Standard 509 Report: Penn State Law enrolled its first separate class in fall 2015. Accordingly, bar passage data for 2013 and prior years is available only for the formerly unified, two-campus school.
CURRICULAR OFFERINGS (for the separate school, Penn State Law)
The following information applies to both the unified school and the separate Penn State Law:
- Students who withdraw from classes after the start of the term are subject to the tuition refund policy found at http://www.bursar.psu.edu/refund.cfm.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICY
Penn State Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.