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Smart Talk: Dickinson School of Law makes changes

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 15, 2014 2:37 PM

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Photo by Penn State

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

Law schools across the country are facing challenges today that they haven't had to deal with in the past.

New enrollments are down 26% since 2011.  The National Association of Law Placement reports that less than half of law school graduates in 2011 were able to find jobs in law firms. 

The Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle has been tested as well.  In 2000, Dickinson became affiliated with Penn State University.  Eight years later, Penn State opened a second law school at its main University Park campus.

But now, the Penn State Dickinson School of Law is undergoing several significant changes.

We'll hear about what's new at Penn State Dickinson on Tuesday's Smart Talk from the school's Interim Dean, Gary Gildin.

The change that could have the most impact is that Penn State Dickinson and the Penn State University Park Law Schools have received separate accreditation.  Penn State Dickinson says that could mean clearer options for students and more individualized curricula.  However, there are those who say it could create more confusion.

A look at what's new at a Central Pennsylvania icon on Tuesday's program.

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Gary Gildin, Interim Dean,Penn State Dickinson School of Law

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  • Bob Nunn img 2014-09-16 08:09

    From my experience their students need classes into what those lighted signs at cross walks mean and how to properly use them.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-16 08:48

    Laura Emails

    Why not re-institute the proctorship system, in which third-year law students would spend their third years working for an attorney or attorneys learning how work actually happens, getting a yes or no recommendation to take the bar examination?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-16 08:56

    Laura Emails again

    Another question...
    When will legal education decide that adult education theory and methods are appropriate for adults? In other words, when are we going to get rid of the large lecture?