Monday, June 30, 2014

Penn State Will Operate Two Law Schools - One Theoretical, One Practical

The ABA Journal reported on recent developments for Penn State law schools. 

"The school announced that Penn State has gotten approval from the American Bar Association to operate two separately accredited law schools, starting with students admitted in the fall of 2015."

"Although they will still function under the Dickinson School of Law umbrella, one institution will be called Penn State Law at University Park and the other will be known as Dickinson Law in Carlisle. Each will have a separate dean, its own faculty and an individualized focus."

It sounds as if one will be a traditional law school education while the other will focus on practical training.

The University Park law school will be a traditional legal education that takes advantage of the interdisciplinary opportunities provided by being on Penn State's main campus. "Meanwhile the Carlisle law school will focus on specialized government and health care programs that benefit from its proximity to the state capital and Washington, D.C., as well as Penn State Hershey Medical Center. They are intended to produce 'practice-ready lawyers, so you have all the thinking and practical skills to hit the ground on day one.'"

If there are any law librarians interested in the opportunity to work at these institutions, there are currently two positions open:

Scholarly Communications and Faculty Services Librarian

Emerging Technology and Digital Research Librarian

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