Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

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Penn State Law is located on Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania, a small city perhaps better known as “Happy Valley.”

Penn State Law traces its roots to the founding of the Dickinson School of Law in 1834 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Dickinson School of Law merged with Penn State in 2000, and until 2014, the Penn State Dickinson School of Law operated as a single, two-campus law school with locations in Carlisle and University Park.

In the summer of 2014, Penn State received approval from the ABA to operate the two campuses as two separately accredited Penn State law schools: Penn State Law in University Park and Dickinson Law in Carlisle. The new, separately accredited Penn State Law admitted its first class of separate students in fall 2015.

The stated mission of Penn State Law is to educate a diverse student body in the intellectual foundations, ethical principles, and practical skills necessary for success in today’s legal professions; to produce scholarship responsive to legal and social needs and foster a culture of service within the legal profession and society; and to contribute to the intellectual life and mission of The Pennsylvania State University.

“Penn State Law provides a legal education to prepare our students for success in a rapidly changing legal profession," said Hari M. Osofaky, dean of the law school. "Technology, globalization, and the need for crosscutting knowledge are transforming our society and how legal services are provided. We are innovating, and providing individualized mentoring and career support, to help our students develop and achieve their goals."

Students at Penn State Law state have the resource of a world-class public research institution with small class sizes taught by prominent legal scholars and practitioners. The school boasts nine legal clinic and practicum which provide students with opportunities to explore practice areas and help underserved communities. Students have appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, and have honed their advocacy skills through moot court and national trial competitions. Students can also pursue career opportunities anywhere in the world while participating in the innovative Externships Everywhere program via advanced distance learning technology in classes in University Park. 

And when students need a break from studying hard, they can unwind with NCAA Division I and intramural sports, convenient fitness facilities, outdoor activities, arts and cultural events.


  • Advocacy and Litigation
  • Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation
  • Business Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property, Science and Technology Law
  • International Law
  • Land Use and Environmental Law
  • Public Interest Law


Admission Profile
Application Deadline: 
Application Fee: 


Financial Aid Deadline: 

2/15; 4/16

75th Percentile1593.69
25th Percentile1563.15
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time--
Living Expenses
Median grant$37000
Percent receiving grants98.00%
Estimated net tuition-
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 86.70%
NJ Employment81.44%
Bar Passage92.52%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2018: Best Value: 
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy