April 20

Law school earns national recognition from U.S. News & World Report

Dickinson Law, one of Penn State’s two separately accredited law schools, was ranked 65 of the 197 ABA-accredited law schools in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools – Best Law Schools rankings published on March 14.

Penn State's Dickinson Law“While we are quite pleased with this result, I would like to share our perspective about these rankings,” said Gary S. Gildin, dean, Dickinson Law. “This ranking does not define Dickinson Law as an institution—and we do not define ourselves by it; rather, this ranking recognizes our vision of Practice Greatness: our commitment to fully preparing our students for practice in a competitive and global market; our profession-ready curriculum that allows our students to put their lawyering skills into practice by serving the community in their first year; our intentionally small class size which ensures individualized attention and hands-on training; and our intensive employment initiative dedicated to helping our students land meaningful jobs when they graduate. At the end of the day, the positive experiences and accomplishments of our students are the true measures of our success.

In February, Dickinson Law’s trial advocacy program was one of three programs nationally to earn an ‘A’ from preLaw magazine, and was featured in the article “Trial advocacy curricular leaders.”

“Advocacy skills are in high demand, even for lawyers engaged in transactional work,” said Gildin. “That’s why opportunities to cultivate and master these skills are a key component of Dickinson Law’s profession-ready curriculum. Our students have opportunities to hone their advocacy skills through hands-on training as early as the first semester of law school, including in the courtroom as part of the bi-annual Medical-Legal Colloquium in collaboration with nearby Penn State Children’s Hospital.”

Learn more about Dickinson Law’s J.D. program.

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