Penn State UniversityPenn State was established as an agricultural college in 1855. By 1882 the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania had become the Pennsylvania State College, under the direction of George W. Atherton, engineering studies had been introduced and the College had become one of the nation’s ten largest undergraduate schools. The state legislature was so impressed with the strides being made at the college that it began to make regular appropriations starting in 1887. As the college grew, a series of branch campuses was developed in the 1930s for students who could not afford to leave home due to the economic conditions of the Depression. These centres were the predecessors of today’s system of 24 Penn State campuses throughout the state although the University Park campus remains the administrative hub. Penn State has continued to respond to modern needs and developments and the Dickinson School of Law joined ranks with Penn State in 2000.
The Penn State University Park campus has an enrollment of about 44,000, and is ranked as one of the top 15 public universities. Athletics are an important part of student life at Penn State; it is a member of the Big Ten sports conference and its teams, called the Nittany Lions, regularly win championships. About 22,000 students attend each home football game. There are 778 recognized student organizations on campus, including one so unusual as the Paranormal Research Society, and a large Greek system (fraternities and sororities).
The State College area is ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. because of the wide range of cultural and outdoors activities, as well as a low crime rate.
The law school
The Dickinson School of Law is the oldest law school in Pennsylvania, founded in 1834. It merged with Penn State in 2000. It has two campuses, one in University Park and one in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. To make the best use of the dual campuses, advanced video technology is used to teleconference classes between the two locales.
The law school has a close relationship with the graduate School of International Affairs which gives law students access to international law and international affairs courses taught by scholars as well as practitioners (e.g. diplomats, former U.N. officials, national security specialists). The two schools offer a joint degree -- a J.D./M.I.A. J.D. students also have the opportunity to study abroad.
Penn State Law has a history of educating public servants. It emphasizes the importance of public service by providing research programs, fellowships, a certification program, individual counseling and a Loan Repayment Assistance program for those who enter public service.
There are more than 40 law student associations in which students can explore academic and personal interests.
The law school is ranked as one of the top 100 in the U.S., and the alternative dispute resolution program is among the top 10.
Tuition is approximately $35,000.
Other estimated expenses:
Books and supplies $1,360
Personal Expenses $55,388
Application is open to students holding a law degree from an accredited institution outside of the United States.
The LLM program is a year long, 24-credit course of study aimed at training international lawyers for the global marketplace.
The program benefits from nationally and internationally renowned faculty as well as personalized guidance from experienced faculty members and opportunities for interdisciplinary study at other Schools at Penn State. The Penn State Career Services also provide help and guidance for internships and career opportunities.
LLM students are paired with JD students in a mentoring program.
Penn State Law also offers an optional summer course in legal English skills, field observations in U.S. courts, and workshops to help prepare for a U.S. bar exam.