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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Dickinson / Penn State. What to think?!
« on: November 30, 2014, 09:11:59 PM »
I'm not sure what will happen to each school's ranking, but I don't think it will matter anyway.

Firms and government agencies that currently hire from Penn State/Dickinson will continue to do so even if the school's ranking drops. Once you get away from the handful of elite schools near the top of the rankings scheme, a school's reputation is pretty much local. Local reputations are based more on alumni networks and the school's profile within the immediate region, and less on rankings.

My guess is that Penn State/Dickinson probably has a good local reputation, and that it probably won't change because of USNWR. Honestly, who cares if a school is ranked, say, #64 instead of #51? Most lawyers know that this is a meaningless distinction.

Geography, however, does matter. It matters especially when you are talking about non-elite, local schools. If you want to live and work in Philly, Temple might be a better choice. You'd have much better access to the local market. If western/central PA is your goal, Dickinson might be a better choice.

I would think more about that aspect and less about rankings.

BTW, didn't Dickinson used to be a separate law school which merged with Penn State? I guess they decided to get a divorce.

both still penn state, silly person.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: SEPT 27 LSAT
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:37:56 PM »
september test be hardest ever.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: A day in the life of a law school student
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:57:56 PM »
where funny part?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Mediocre diagnostic test...now what?
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:13:46 PM »
december test be hardest ever.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT prep and family
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:07:49 PM »
september test be hardest ever.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAC fourth take appeal
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:06:53 PM »
rule there your protection.  sounds like need it.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What would you ask a former LSAT testmaker?
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:05:36 PM »
much ado about nothing.  selling something.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: AAMPLE Program
« on: July 01, 2014, 03:16:46 PM »
not be unreasonable.

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hopefully not blame philly...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sleep as a Competitive Advantage
« on: July 01, 2014, 03:07:19 PM »
julie asleep right now!

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