November 30, 2012
Penn State and Alt Penn State Schools of Law
NLJ's Karen Sloan reported last week that Penn State Law's University Park and Carlisle campuses will remain a single academic unit of the University but each campus "will develop and implement separate identities, separate admissions policies, and separate educational programs, similar to Rutgers Law-Newark and Rutgers Law Camden, or Arkansas Law—Fayetteville and Arkansas—Little Rock." Quoting Dickinson Law Dean Philip McConnaughay. The reason given for this change is political opposition to secure state approval of Dickinson's "1L consolidation proposal". For details, see Sloan's Penn State's two law campuses to become separate schools.
On The Faculty Lounge, Dan Filler comments "I have many thoughts about this decision, but my first instinct is that it might mark the beginning of a reputational divide between the two Penn State law schools." [JH]