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Penn State Law School Shoots up to No. 24 on Business Insider List

After not cracking the top 50 in last year’s rankings, Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law shot up to No. 24 on Business Insider’s list of the best law schools in America.

Business Insider said it surveyed 400 “legal professionals” — 70 percent of whom are attorneys — to select the law schools that would best serve a legal career. From this data, a mysterious “Business Insider rating” was calculated, and the schools were ranked in order with tuition as a tiebreaker. Penn State scored a 1.39 on this scale, good for 24th best in the country, behind only Northwestern (13) and Michigan (11) in the Big Ten.

Harvard and Yale have come in first and second two years in a row, with Columbia replacing Stanford as third on this year’s list. Business Insider lists Rick Santorum as one of Dickinson’s distinguished alums, a fact the world could’ve gone on not knowing.

Although the U.S. News and World Report rankings — essentially the be-all end-all of law school prestige — puts Penn State-Dickinson at 64 on its national list, I won’t complain about the love from Business Insider.

It’s also worth mentioning that Penn State and Dickinson are in the midst of a split to allow for two separate accredited law schools. That move is still awaiting approval for a number of different sources.

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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