A Flexible Degree

As one of the nation’s oldest law schools and as a member of world-renowned public research institution The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law’s Master of Legal Studies program gives its students a competitive edge in their chosen professions. Here’s why students like you are choosing Dickinson Law for their M.L.S. degrees.

Because we know that many of our students have careers for which they are seeking an M.L.S. degree, our program allows students to complete their course of study on a full-time basis in just two semesters or on a part-time basis over three to four semesters.

Students in the M.L.S. program can specialize in Government Law and Policy, Organizing for Social Justice, or a number of other concentrations, as well as enroll in a wide range of courses taught by our globally aware faculty, including many Fulbright scholars and grant recipients.

Dickinson Law keeps its M.L.S. cohort intentionally small and selective (no more than 20 students) to foster greater interaction with faculty, staff, and other students. We also believe that cultural diversity enriches everyone’s educational experience, and we strive to maintain an inclusive community. Our Law School family includes students who have served in the military, self-identify as students of color and/or as members of the LGBTQ community, are first-generation graduate students, and are first-generation college students.

Dickinson Law is an ABA-accredited, internationally recognized law school located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a beautiful college town just 20 minutes from the state’s capital in Harrisburg and about two hours north of the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. Regional attractions include Hershey (the home of Hershey’s chocolate) and Gettysburg, the site of the most famous battle of the United States Civil War.

The power of Penn State.

Penn State is one of the top research and teaching institutions in the world. We’re proud to be one of Penn State’s two separately accredited law schools — and one of the oldest law schools in the U.S.

Penn State Dickinson Law and Penn State Law are reunifying to operate as Penn State University’s single law school. While ABA approval for the reunification is pending, both schools are currently fully accredited. We will submit an application for acquiescence to operate as a single law school in July 2024 and plan to enroll a unified class in Fall 2025.