I am currently a 3L at Dickinson and would like to set a few things straight. I see how you all could be confused and/or misinformed about this entire situation. I am graduating in May from Dickinson and absolutely love it. The faculty are amazing and they truely have an open door policy. I worked as a summer associate in a large Philadelphia firm and received an offer at the end of the summer. I accepted. The education I received at Dickinson adequately prepared me for the summer. Penn State/Dickinson is the oldest law school in Pennsylvania and has been accreditted for many, many years (much longer that 1997).
Carlisle is a nice part of the state - albeit in Central Pennsylvania. One of the reasons that the Board opted not to move the school to State College is because there are so many opportunities for employment (during the school year) in private law firms (as I have done), government agencies, clerkships, etc. These would not be available if we moved to State College. Moreover, Penn State would probably have lost faculty if it moved to State College because many of the professors have families that live in Carlisle.
Dickinson has improved since I was a 1L. We have a lot of new technology, great trial advocacy programs, and we are getting a new courtroom. Please do not let any of the negative publicity, associated with the recent events at Dickinson, get to you - and make you decide not to apply. Come see it for yourself - that is what I did - and loved it. I got out in Harriburg frequently, and Philly is not too far away! If you have any questions about the school, please do not hesitate to ask!