Ennead : Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Ennead : Penn State Dickinson School of Law

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This is one in a series of books, each of which tells the story of a single building.  It is our hope that as these books accumulate alongside our body of work, they, in their aggregate, will form a profile of our design intentions. - Ennead Architects

HISTORY OF THE INSTITUTION

The new Dickinson School of Law was established on the solid foundations of two institutions: a venerable independent law school in a small town and a multi-disciplinary public university on a sprawling campus.  Founded in Carlisle and with strong ties throughout its history to the state's legislative bodies in Harrisburg, the Dickinson School of Law is the oldest law school in Pennsylvania and the fifth oldest in the United States.  Once among the nation's preeminent professional schools, Dickinson remained independent, even as competition for students favored law schools within large universities with extensive resources.  Otherwise rich in academic offerings, The Pennsylvania State University, founded twenty-one years after Dickinson in 1855, never had a law school.