Top 10 Reasons to Choose Dickinson Law

We're delighted that you're considering law school. This is undoubtedly an exciting time for you—and it's an exciting time for us at Penn State's Dickinson Law.

From hands-on experience in our unique clinics to mock trials and outstanding speakers in Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, there are great things happening here. We've recently enrolled the most highly credentialed class in the history of our Law School. Here are the top 10 reasons why Dickinson Law might be the right law school for you:

1.       Highly Ranked Nationally.

Dickinson Law, which is one of Penn State’s two separately accredited law schools, is ranked #65 of the ABA-accredited law schools by U.S. News & World Report—a ranking that recognizes our vision of practice greatness and commitment to producing profession-ready graduates. Our trial advocacy program was one of three programs in the country to earn a ‘A’ from preLaw magazine. And, our state-of-the-art building, Lewis Katz Hall, was ranked #10 of the Top 55 Law School Facilities in the nation.

2.       Record Amount of Scholarships Available.

We strive to make law school attainable for you. A record number of students in our Fall ’16 entering class received full tuition scholarships, and we have once again committed an unprecedented amount of scholarship dollars for our Fall '17 incoming class.

3.       Intentionally Small Class Sizes.

Our entering first-year class is capped at 75 students to ensure that we can provide all of our students with hands-on training and individualized attention. This smaller class size not only fosters close personal relationships, but helps to maintain our collegial environment, in which professors and fellow students celebrate each other’s success.

4.       Graduate Profession-Ready. 

We are committed to producing practice-ready lawyers. From the very first day at Dickinson Law, your curriculum relies heavily on experiential learning to prepare you to practice law, and that's done in a welcoming and supportive community.

5.       A Commitment to Service in the Community.

Our community provides a supportive and intellectually rigorous environment for students. At Dickinson Law, you will practice your skills while giving back to the surrounding community through our unique clinics. From assisting in legal intake at a local homeless shelter and opportunities to serve on local boards to participating in our Miller Center Pro Bono Matching Program, you’ll have the chance to practice your skills and give back.  

6.       We Are… Penn State.

Our 1997 merger with Penn State expanded our reputation, network, and joint-degree programs, while giving you access to the largest alumni network in the world of more than 658,000 graduates. The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest in the country and boasts chapters across the United States as well as abroad—in places like Vienna, Beijing, Karachi, and Sao Paulo. 

7.       Proximity to Four Major Legal Markets.

The town of Carlisle is a picturesque community, within a train ride to four of the most important legal markets in the United States—New York, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Carlisle was recently voted one of America's "most livable cities," and one of the country's best places to raise a family by Forbes magazine.

8.       A Global Perspective.

As part of your required curriculum, you'll learn the transnational and international principles. We also offer an internship in The Hague and have exchange programs with National Taiwan University, University of Cape Town, and other schools.

9.       Experienced Faculty.

Dickinson Law professors have spent years practicing law, and continue to engage nationally and internationally with the legal profession through pro bono litigation, mediation, advisory committees, and scholarships. We boast some of the finest legal minds in our resident and adjunct faculty, including practicing lawyers and judges who translate years of legal experience into exercises in critical thinking and problem solving.

10.    Over 180 Years of History and Experience.

Dickinson Law is the fifth oldest law school in the United States and the oldest in Pennsylvania, having been founded in Carlisle in 1834. Named for John Dickinson, signer of the Constitution and fifth President of Pennsylvania, the Law School was opened by Judge John Reed in 1834. In addition to the J.D. program offering, Dickinson Law has welcomed students from around the world for the past 40+ years through our LL.M program.  

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