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PSU may alter role of Dickinson law school

| Sunday, July 29, 2012, 12:20 a.m.

Penn State University officials have reiterated its position that the Dickinson School of Law will remain in Carlisle for the forseeable future.

Law School Dean Philip McConnaughay said adjustments to the university's Law School are being considered, but nothing has been set.

One adjustment under consideration is consolidating all first year students in University Park, McConnaughay said.

The adjustment proposal is in response to the national decline in Law School applications, he said.

If school officials consolidate first year students in University Park, it would save “the significant expense and free the resources the Law School devotes to completely duplicated first year curriculums,” he said.

“The Law School would then be able to redirect these resources to additional legal education programs in Carlisle, such as high quality programs for professionals and foreign jurists and lawyers, which would supplement our upper-level Juris Doctorate curriculum in Carlisle,” McConnoughay said.

If the adjustment is approved, it would not occur until fall 2013, at the earliest, and none of the Law School's incoming or current students in Carlisle would be affected, according to McConnaughay.

Borough Council President Perry Heath and Carlisle Mayor Bill Kronenberg said they'd like PSU to meet with local officials to discuss any future plans for Dickinson.

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