Following the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal and the firing of longtime men’s football coach Joe Paterno the Penn State Law School admissions office has waived their routine $60 application fee, a move that appears at least on the surface to be carefully orchestrated to return trust to the school.
The Daily Beast obtained a copy of the email sent to prospective students in which the note reads:
“Congratulations, Your application fee has been waived.” the note then references the current sex scandal, “No doubt you have seen recent headlines regarding Penn State,” it reads. “Penn State’s new president is dedicated to restoring the trust of all people Penn State serves.”
The letter then turns it’s focus towards the applicants by claiming that the scandal had nothing to do with the school’s choice but rather that they wanted to “make it easier for you to apply.”
According to the law schools dean of admissions the waiver is “standard practice” and is “timed to arrive shortly after” the October LSAT results have been provided to prospective new students.
In the meantime prospective Penn State law school students weren’t impressed by the letter, one student preparing to apply for law schools tweeted:
“Just got an email from Penn State encouraging me to apply to their law school and giving me an application waver. HAHA. gotta be kidding me.”
Another student followed suit with:
“Hahahaha Penn State just sent me a fee waiver to apply to their law school. #nothappening.”
While it’s not the type of reaction that Penn State was hoping for it could be great news for law students who’s grades and LSAT’s are located on the lower end of what the Universities law school is willing to accept.
First they cover up a sex scandal and now they are trying to buy students off, do you find this type of fee waiver to be a sad attempt by Penn State officials to attract new students amid the schools scandal?
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