November 17, 2011
Penn State Law Application Fee Waivers Draw Reaction
The Daily Beast is reporting on the reaction of some prospective law students to the Penn State's Dickinson School of Law offer to waive the application fee. The reported comments are a bit harsh, suggesting there is some connection to the ongoing abuse scandal to the waiver. The school claims not, but the text of the email does have some reference:
Penn State’s new president is dedicated to restoring the trust of all people Penn State serves and to a renewed focus on Penn State’s status as one of the world’s preeminent research universities.
Penn State included the statment as the ongoing scandal is hard to ignore. Nonetheless, many law schools offer application waivers to students who have better LSAT scores. They do it to get better students, not because they are desperate. I don't think Dickinson is necessarily going to lose a lot of potential students because of what's happened there. While they may all be Penn State, the law school and the sports program have little or nothing to do with each other. As a potential law student, I'd be more worried about my job prospects and my debt load once I got out. As Bob Dylan once sang, "20 years of schoolin' and they put you on the day shift." And that was 1965! [MG]