PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

Dickinson Law Falls 20 Places In U.S. News & World Report Ranking

In the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking, the Penn State Dickinson School of Law was ranked as the 71st-best law school in the country, down 20 spots from 2014.

The methodology ranks 198 accredited law schools on 12 measures of quality, which are broken down into four categories, each with its own subcategories: quality assessment, selectivity, placement success, and faculty resources. The data for the most recent ranking was taken from last fall and early this year.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, Pennsylvania residents were eligible for the Commonwealth Scholars Program, a grant that is renewable for all three years of law school resulting in $60,000 savings. This caused a dramatic increase in the number of applications, and consequently made acceptance more competitive. According to the school’s Standard 509 report, in 2014, the school received 2,121 applications and accepted 981 students. The median LSAT score of accepted students was 158 last year.

Only 29.1 percent of 2013 graduates “had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage” according to the report. However, that same year, Penn State edged out nine other law schools to receive the highest bar passage rate in the state, with a 93.83 percent success rate. It is the hope that as the new Commonwealth Scholars classes progress through the three-year program, the ranking will rebound.

This is the last U.S. News release where the University Park and Carlisle campus rankings will be combined. Last summer, the University Park campus was granted separate accreditation. Starting in the fall, students will either enroll in Dickinson Law, or Penn State Law.

It will be interesting to see how the separate schools fare in similar rankings in the future.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that the 2014 bar passage rates were evaluated as part of the most recent ranking. That is not the case. We apologize for the error.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Comments

Get notified about breaking news
Loading notification service...
Other posts by Megan

Wilkes-Barre Campus Closed Due To Bomb Threat

A threatening message was discovered on a bathroom door in the campus’ Science Center that warned a bomb was in the building, and it would detonate some time before noon on Friday, March 4.

Graduate School Revokes Doctorate For Plagiarism

Penn State Professor Receives Presidential Honor

Penn State Reports 458 New University Park Coronavirus Cases…Again

Penn State reported 1,304 of University Park’s cumulative 2,123 student cases to date are no longer active.

Penn State Reports 458 New University Park Coronavirus Cases…Again

Penn State reported 1,304 of University Park’s cumulative 2,123 student cases to date are no longer active.

Student Pad Project Increasing Feminine Hygiene Accessibility In Rural India

The organization is funding a self-sufficient sanitary pad-making site in a rural Indian village.

294 More University Park Students Test Positive For Coronavirus

According to the dashboard, 613 student cases remain active at University Park, while 1,052 are inactive.

Send this to a friend