Pennsylvania State University (Dickinson)

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University Park, PA 16802

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The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University--University Park has an application deadline of June 30. The full-time program application fee at the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University--University Park is $60. Its tuition is full-time: $42,040 per year (in-state) and full-time: $42,040 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 8.8:1. The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University--University Park has 55 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law is a two-campus institution, with locations in Carlisle and University Park, and students can choose to study at either one. (The University Park campus is located alongside Pennsylvania State University; the Carlisle campus is close to Dickinson College.) All Penn State law students pay the same tuition, whether they are in-state or out-of-state students, and no matter if they are studying in Carlisle or University Park.

Penn State Law allows students to specialize in a variety of concentrations, including business law, international and transnational law, and science and technology law. Penn State Law students interested in completing a dual degree have more than 15 options to choose from, including a J.D./M.B.A. through the Penn State Smeal College of Business, a J.D./master of forest resources through the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, and a J.D./master of international affairs through the Penn State School of International Affairs. Also in conjunction with the graduate School of International Affairs, law students developed a television series called World on Trial, and have a variety of opportunities to study abroad.

Outside of class, law students may be able to get involved with scholarly journals including the Penn State Law Review, the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs, and the Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation. Students may also find opportunities to get involved in a variety of school-run centers, including the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center, the Center on Children and the Law, and the Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research.

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Year founded 1834
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline June 30
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (800) 840-1122
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 55
Student-faculty ratio 8.8:1
Total faculty 88

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 475
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 199


Tuition and fees

full-time: $42,040 per year (in-state)
full-time: $42,040 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $12,078


Employed at graduation2 25.3%
Median private sector starting salary $58,750
Median public service starting salary $47,288


Total volumes and volume equivalents 630,280

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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