Penn State Law dean calls for moving first-year students from Carlisle

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Sep 17, 2012 7:15 PM

(University Park) -- First-year law students may no longer be able to attend the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle.

University Law School Dean Philip McConnaughay is calling for them to attend the State College campus home in order to help the school cut costs. law-books.jpg

To draw second- and third-year students back to Carlisle, the Dickinson School would have to strengthen its current programs there.

McConnaughay acknowledges some students may not be interested in leaving the University Park campus. "It's a very realistic assessment of how students behave, of how human beings behave: You live someplace, you like it, you tend to stay there," he says. "We will provide rental housing incentives to help our students move freely between our campuses without incurring extra expense."

McConnaughay says Penn State Law needs to make changes to help compensate for a recent drop in applications.

He rejects criticisms from some alums who say the plan could lead to the end of the Carlisle campus.

The dean says the next step is to meet with the school's board and local and state officials to discuss the proposal.

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