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The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University--University Park

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Amanda DiPolvere
Application deadline March 31
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 30.4% - Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.55
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 30.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 156-161
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.31-3.77
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.55
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A
 

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.P.A. J.D./M.S. Educational Leadership
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./D.Ed. Educational Leadership
J.D./M.S.I.S. J.D./Ph.D. Educational Leadership
J.D./M.S. Forest Resources J.D./Ph.D. Higher Education
J.D./M.Agr. J.D./D.Ed. Higher Education
J.D./Ph.D. Forest Resources J.D./M.Ed. Higher Education
J.D./M.A. Educational Theory & Policy J.D./M.S. Human Resources
J.D./Ph.D. Educational Theory & Policy J.D./M.S. Env. Pol. Control
J.D./M.Ed. College Student Affairs J.D//M.I.A. Master of Intl Affairs
J.D./M.Ed. Educational Leadership
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
As part of a preeminent research university, Penn State Law offers 19 dual degree programs and 7 research centers including Arbitration, M&A, and Public Interest Law. Experiential learning includes 8 clinics in areas such as appellate civil rights, immigration policy, child advocacy, rural development, and semester-long externships in D.C. and at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 123
Seminars 24
Positions available in seminars 430
Positions available in simulation courses 871
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 124
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Students prepare for the profession on competitive trial teams, moot court board, and 3 student-run law reviews. Students are active in 40+ organizations, including international human rights, ADR, public service, and host a multitude of symposia and outside speakers. In addition, the Penn State community offers hundreds of activities and opportunities to enrich a student's graduate experience.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 40
Is there typically a full-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year "small section" N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 249
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 566
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 100
Full-time students involved in field placements 92
Full-time students involved in law journals 84
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 32
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 49

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 9.2:1 - Low
Full- and part-time faculty 70
Full-time minority faculty 13.2%
Part-time minority faculty 11.8%
Total faculty 88
Total faculty (men) 55.7%
Total faculty (women) 44.3%
Total faculty (minorities) 13.6%

Class Size

 

Law School Ranking

#76 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#14 in Dispute Resolution
#58 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 47
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.2
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.31-3.77
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.55
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 156-161
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159
Acceptance rate 30.4% - Medium
Student-faculty ratio 9.2:1 - Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 41.7% - Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 74.3% - Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.2% - Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar PA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.1%
 

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 596

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 596

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 13.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.0%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 6.7%
Female students discontinuing law school 3.4%
 

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Susan Bogart
Financial aid phone (800) 840-1122
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $38,614 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $38,614 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,412
Books $1,456
Miscellaneous expenses $10,188
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 45.5%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 15.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.2%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $10,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,500–$18,724
Full-time students receiving grants 61.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $114,203
Proportion who borrowed 90.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes
 

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 58,612
Microform titles 49,621
Electronic titles 74,845
Other non-book titles 707
Total titles 183,785
Volumes (excluding microforms) 284,802
Volume equivalent microforms 294,481
Total volumes and volume equivalents 579,283
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 26,000
Library's online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 96
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 53
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 3
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 40
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 53
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 18
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 48
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 48
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 3
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 48
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 34

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 13
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 23
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 23
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 21
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 56
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 38,323
Total seats available for library users 395
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The University has invested over $130 million in award-winning signature facilities for the law school, featuring state-of-the-art libraries, courtrooms, classrooms and study spaces. Our facilities are pervasively equipped with advanced high definition audiovisual and recording technologies, and our buildings are designed to LEED certification standards and feature vegetated green roofs.
 

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar PA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.2% - Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 187
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 41.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 74.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 9.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 90.9%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 41.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 5.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 42.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 4.3%
Graduates whose employment status is known 95.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 74.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 6.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 9.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 5.3%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $54,393
75th percentile private sector starting salary $90,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 13%
Median public service starting salary $46,691

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 4.3%
Percent employed in business and industry 23.7%
Percent employed in government 15.8%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 19.4%
Percent employed in law firms 31.7%
Percent employed in public interest 2.9%
Percent employed in an unknown field 2.2%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 59%
Graduates employed out-of-state 30.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 17
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 65.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 2.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 16.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0%
Employment location unknown 10.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations The Career Planning and Development Office provides resources, programming and tailored one-on-one counseling to assist students in identifying and achieving their career goals. The Office networks with employers across the country, resulting in two formal, on-campus interview programs and the posting of more than 2,000 positions annually. Students can participate in more than 35 job fairs.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 76.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated - percent employed in full-time positions 89.5%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 16.0%
J.D. preferred - percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 5.0%
Professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.0%
Non-professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%
 


 
 

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