ran12 wrote:NicRen wrote:In via email. Assigned to Carlisle (per the box I checked). 162/2.91(extreme upward trend).
Anybody have any experience with both campuses and the ability/willingness to list any significant differences before I schedule my visits?
UP is the main Penn St campus so has over 50,000 UG students plus however many grad students. It's a nice little college town. Carlisle is a small town but that campus would only have law students but Dickinson College is next door. Even with them there though, it's a lot quieter so better environment for school. Carlisle is also close to Harrisburg, the capital, and a couple hours from NY and DC. If you want the Penn St experience to the max UP is the right campus but if you wanna make connections at the capital and have a quieter setting then Carlisle is the right campus.
Not to insult anyone at UP but I feel that if you're really serious about being a lawyer, Carlisle is the right choice. There's no distractions, there's actually more to do b/c of Harrisburg nearby, and it's a lot better for making connections. In case people don't realize this yet, the vast, vast majority of Penn St grads are gonna have to do their own legwork to get a job. If you wanna experience Penn St football and that kind of stuff, you can always drive up for a game once in a while but this is law school, not UG anymore. Time to get serious.
As a Penn State Law Student who just received finals grades that landed her in the top 5%, I disagree. There are not a lot of distractions at the school because it is kind of separated from the rest of the campus. Also, a lot of faculty are housed at the main UP campus, so it is nice to have access to them. Also, there is more networking between students because the class size at UP is larger. Carlisle does have the advantage of proximity to Harrisburg, but many students from UP make the drive down that way often. I am not at all against Carlisle, but there are definitely advantages to either campus and students choosing one or the other shouldn't worry that they are at a disadvantage in terms of becoming a serious lawyer. There are a lot of things to weigh when choosing between the campuses, so if anyone has any questions let me know.