Penn State Law, located on Penn State’s largest campus, offers all of the resources of a world-class, public research institution together with challenging and innovative classroom study and ample opportunities for learning by doing.
From orientation day to commencement day, the Penn State Law faculty guides students as they learn the law, refine analytical, writing, and communication skills, and apply new knowledge in clinics, externships, and problem-based courses.
Small Classes, Big Opportunities
Penn State Law students study in small classes, allowing them to build relationships with each other and with our faculty of prominent legal scholars, leading practitioners, and engaging educators. Students choose from among a variety of elective courses in traditional and emerging practice areas as part of our rigorous and practical curriculum, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to thrive in the legal profession.
Penn State's University Park Campus
Our location on Penn State’s University Park campus provides convenient access to graduate-level courses and joint degrees in Penn State’s nationally ranked programs in business, education, information science and technology, agriculture, health care, international affairs, and many others. Clinical programs, externships in a wide variety of law practice settings, and pro bono and public interest activities provide numerous opportunities for learning the craft of law outside of the classroom.
Penn State Law students can take part in dozens of active law student organizations and hundreds of University-wide student groups and activities. Our students study hard, but when they’re ready for a break, they can take advantage of NCAA Division I and intramural sports, convenient fitness facilities, outdoor recreation activities, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Our hometown of State College, Pa., is a safe, welcoming, and diverse college town within a three- to four-hour drive from New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. With more than 45,000 Penn State students on campus, there are affinity groups, cultural activities, and social events for nearly every interest.
Networking and Career Services
In addition to our flexible curriculum designed to help students accomplish their individual goals, our dedicated Career Services staff partners with students throughout their time in law school and beyond to help them understand the legal profession, make connections, and build a professional network. And, at commencement, Penn State Law graduates instantly join the powerful Penn State alumni network of more than 631,000 graduates worldwide.
Penn State Law graduates enter the legal marketplace with knowledge of the law, highly developed critical thinking, communication, and legal practice skills, a built-in professional network, and the preparation and confidence to achieve their professional goals.