Thursday, August 17, 2023

Sad to See......

Trickett Hall

Sad To See.....

It was announced recently that The Dickinson School of Law is being merged again with Penn State Law.

When I graduated from The Dickinson School of Law in 1993 it was an independent law school, that is, one of the oldest independent law schools in the nation, and was a great, small, intimate place for the intensive study of the law.  What set it apart was that it was a small, independent law school in a small town with little distractions and where nearly everyone knew nearly everyone else there.  In other words, ideal conditions to study the law.

Then in 1997, there was a merger with Penn State and, not long thereafter, there was a movement by Penn State to emphasize the law school that was built at State College over the Law School that had been in Carlisle for over 100 years, which movement was detrimental to the continuing viability of The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA.

Penn State also remodeled the Law School in Carlisle such that the grounds and the buildings, other than the exterior of the main building, looked nothing like when I went to school there. When I walked through the remodeled school it was looked and felt so different it was as if I never even went there.

Even the red and white colors of the Dickinson School of Law were replaced with the blue and white colors of Penn State.

Thereafter, I was happy and hopeful to see thatThe Dickinson School of Law eventually push back against its lesser status as compared to the law school in State College.  The Dickinson School of Law separated from Penn State law but remained affiliated.  After that, The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle began to outrank the law school at State College in the rankings.

Now the schools are merging back together.

Sad to see.

It's the end of The Dickinson School of Law (again) as we knew it.

The indications that the Law School in Carlisle is safe ring hollow as that's what the alumni were told the last time around the merger happened.

Please note that I have no complaints with Penn State and wish that institution well.

Just a sense of sadness on the loss of the Law School that I went to and knew. The Dickinson School of Law School as many knew it is no more.

Dickinson Law alumni can at least take solace in the fact that Fay's Country Kitchen is still open a few blocks away.

The Curtilage

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