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Penn State Law Will Continue To Have Two Campuses, Because Politicians Are Even Dumber Than You Think


Dear Students,

Following is a message I sent last Saturday informing the faculty of a resolution of the question of whether or not we will be consolidating our 1L program in University Park. We will not, for reasons I explain in my message to the faculty. Instead, we will be discontinuing, over the course of the next few years, the law school’s unified operation in favor of separately accredited campuses, similar to Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark or Indiana University-Bloomington and Indiana University-Indianapolis. All current students, including all current 1Ls, will continue under our unified operation through graduation and graduate from our unified law school. Assuming ABA approval of our separate accreditation plan, students will begin to receive separate degrees from either Penn State Dickinson in Carlisle or Penn State Dickinson in University Park only after 2015.

The law school’s entire faculty and administration remain dedicated to providing you with the superior education you expect and deserve. The transition to the separate operation of our campuses will be gradual, occurring over three years, and likely will not affect in any appreciable way your experience or expectations while attending law school.

I will schedule student forums after the New Year to update you on developments and to explain the process of separate accreditation further. In the meantime, please feel free to email or stop by my office if you have any questions.

Wishing you an enjoyable Thanksgiving and successful final exams,

Dean McConnaughay

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