I am in my final year at Dickinson School of Law, and I have always liked the idea that we were the oldest independent law school in the country, but I think the merger with Penn State is the right move for both institutions.
Dickinson Law has always had a good reputation in the state, but our national ranking has suffered of late and a properly structured deal with Penn State will help that. Penn State should be able to help us build better facilities and attract better faculty and students. Instead of being a regional school, we will now go national.
I am not yet familiar with the terms of the deal, other than that I will now be going to the ?Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University.' I applaud DSL's Board of Trustees for seeing the benefits that will accrue to both institutions and I hope they ensured that the good things about Dickinson Law won't change: the sense of community in a small school, reasonable class sizes, and our location in Carlisle.
I think that it is a shame that such important information affecting the student body so profoundly had to be relayed to us by the TV news rather than from our administration. While secrecy may have been required in order for a deal to be struck, it would have been nice to have found out a little earlier about the merger.
That aside, this is wonderful news for both schools and for the Midstate. This is a rare situation where two great institutions with wonderful traditions in the Midstate can merge and accomplish more together than they would or could have separately.
-- Joseph N. Gothie Carlisle