Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby sheepishsmirk » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:34 pm

Accepted on full scholarship, sent in my deposit, but still not sure I'll be going. I'm in KZ currently so visiting the open houses was no option. I have a full ride at Suffolk in MA also, and while it's a crap school compared to PSU, it's at least closer in proximity both to home and to where I plan to practice.

Wondering how important y'all think PSU's ranking and maybe "name recognition" are in the job hunt. Suffolk may have horrendous employment stats, but at least local attorneys are familiar with it. Does PSU's "prestige" matter outside of PA?

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby Squintz805 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:13 pm

One thing that they mentioned at the Open House, and something I have found talking with Law Grads, Professors, etc etc -- Penn State is a 'Name Brand'. Everyone in the nation has heard of the school, and although it is not a t14 school by any stretch, the brand is has does carry weight. People who went their are 'cult-like', you can read from the posts under this thread too and it becomes apparent that it will help.

Every penn state grad wants to help other penn state grads is the pretty much accepted trend. They are everywhere too, all over the nation and world. You can find Penn State grads in Mexico, Canada, England, Ohio, Idaho, Washington D.C., Oregon, etc. etc. Do you really want to limit where you can practice? or leave open the possibility for options? Maybe in 4 years you don't to practice here, or there, but way over yonder. Maybe you want to move and having Alum can help? You can question and ask yourself about this kind of stuff all day. The school jumped up from the mid 60's to 51st in the rankings, the school is getting more and more recognizable every year.

I myself am from California, and plan on practicing here post-Grad. Penn State during the school year, internships/clerkships over the Summer in Cali is what I have forecasted. It can change, maybe D.C.? idk. But theres my take on your question.

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby dsamuels » Thu May 01, 2014 2:51 am

Applied really late in the cycle like March, I just got wait listed so there's still hope for lurkers of this forum lol

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby Flexlijah » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:44 pm

Got my 2nd deposit reduced to $250! DiPolvere seemed to be really cool about it. Anybody else get their deposit reduced?

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby Carabear » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:12 pm

In undergrad I recieved the pell grant so I got a second deposit waiver

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby Neteshy » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:52 pm

I got mine waived also. Which was super helpful. :)

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby Flexlijah » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:15 am

Glad to see some discussion on this thread! You guys were being super quiet!

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby Neteshy » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:53 pm

Flexlijah wrote:Glad to see some discussion on this thread! You guys were being super quiet!


+1

So everyone should check into the Class of 2017 thread in class forum. I'm all alone on the Penn State list.

I think it would be awesome to learn more about you guys since in a little over two months we'll be starting the law school grind together. :)

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby 1Lmatic » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:00 pm

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby Pa0767 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:13 am

I'm looking to rent an apartment in Carlisle next summer. If any of you would like to sublet a 3+ bedroom home, PM me.

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby rwhyAn » Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:49 pm

I'm glad Penn is separating from the school in State College. They didn't need the whole Sandusky nonsense tarnishing their image. Gotta maintain that T14 ranking.

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby HTBA15 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:17 pm

Unsure if I should begin a 2018 applicant thread, but seeing as this thread has the most activity, I'll post the questions I have for admitted and current students:

What are your thoughts on admission stats? I've read PSU Law admitted ~43% of their applicants last year. Now that the schools are separate and operate as different law schools (Dickinson and PSU), do you think the admissions numbers will differ?

Also, does anyone know of someone with a LSAT score under the 25% mark and was still admitted? PSU is my number one choice and my LSAT falls a little under that 25% mark (still waiting on the September score).

Application opens Wednesday!

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby rwhyAn » Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:23 pm

HTBA15,

I'm a 1L at a peer school to Penn State, and I'm going to try to help you out here. Only go to PSU under the following conditions:

1. You are going for free (or close to free) or you have wealthy parents/relatives footing the bill.
2. You are ok with practicing in PA for the foreseeable future.
3. You really want to be a lawyer and realize that you may not get a lawyer job out of school.

If these conditions are met, I think PSU can be a fine choice. If you don't have independently wealthy parents who can pay your way, you need to bring up that LSAT score to at least a 160. I don't know anyone personally that was admitted under the 25% mark, but 25% of the class had LSAT scores at or beneath that mark, so it's safe to say that some were admitted. That said, you don't want to be barely admitted, because you'd then be paying full tuition. It's funny how the scholarship game goes in law school. The smarter kids (or at least the kids that have the better LSATs and GPAs) are having their tuition subsidized by those who are paying full freight.

Take a close look at the employment stats, as schools often manipulate the data to make themselves look better. For the class of 2013, only 51.5% (103 out of 200) of graduates obtained bar required jobs within 9 months. The salary information is equally as poor. The median salary for the class of 2013 is $55,000, which doesn't look that bad at first until you look more closely. You can see that only 100 of the 200 graduates reported a salary. So, the median salary listed is among the 100 reporting. This means that only 25% (or 50 grads) of the class is known to be making $55,000 or more 9 months after graduating and 75% are most likely making less. It wouldn't be bad if the average debt were only $25,000, but the average debt is near $125k. Now, if you think getting into debt to the tune of $125,000 for a 25% chance of making $55,000 is a good idea, then knock yourself out.

As for the separation of the schools, I think the school in Carlisle will be hurting and the admission standards are going to fall drastically. Carlisle was already experiencing a significant drop in enrollment, and I think this separation will further accelerate this drop.

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

Postby HTBA15 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:52 pm

rwhyAn:

Thank you for your help. Truly, any bit of information helps.

I'm aware of the drop in the legal market and, although strange/counter intuitive, I don't think I'm looking to go to law school solely to become a lawyer. The numbers are bleak (I know) and that does frighten me. However, I'm looking at PSU for a dual degree program only two other schools offer (T5) and Penn State's curriculum for the program seems to fit my needs perfectly.

Here's to hoping for the best.

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Re: Penn State c/o 2017 Applicants (2013/2014)

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