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Penn State - The Dickinson School of Law

The Dickinson School of Law has entered a period of transformation. As a result of our merger with Penn State University in 2000, we are now able to offer joint degree programs in medicine, engineering, business, environmental studies, and many other disciplines. Our curriculum is rich in areas such as international law, intellectual property, public interest, and trial advocacy. Our applicants for 2003-2004 increased by more than 40 percent over last year. Our minority enrollment in our 2003-2004 entering class will more than double. Perhaps most significant are our recent faculty appointments, who reflect our new status as a unit of a world-class research university. Please visit our web site to meet our faculty.

Established 169 years ago, The Dickinson School of Law is the oldest law school in Pennsylvania and the fifth oldest in the United States. The first U.S. Senator from Oregon was our graduate. Minnesota’s Civil War Governor was our graduate. One of the first Native Americans to attend law school graduated from The Dickinson School of Law in 1909, and our first African-American student enrolled in 1911. Our more recent grads include Tom Ridge, our nation’s Secretary of Homeland Security; the president of AOL Broadband; the owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team; seven sitting federal judges; several justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; three governors of Pennsylvania; one of Pennsylvania’s sitting U.S. Senators; and many more leaders of the bar and communities around the United States.

It is the merger of this incredible history of The Dickinson School of Law with the resources and potential of Penn State, one of the world’s great research universities, that causes us to believe that it is the destiny of our Law School to join the handful of the very best law schools in the United States.

Please visit our web site at to apply and learn how Penn State Dickinson can prepare you for your future.

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