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Curriculum

The Widener Law Commonwealth faculty has approved a general studies curriculum for all students. This required core curriculum consists of 56 hours of instruction in subjects that the faculty deem representative of a common core of understanding and shared experience, whatever specialty a graduate should follow after graduation. In addition to the core curriculum, the Law School offers a menu of courses. Every law student has an opportunity to choose up to 26 hours of credit from two course menus, consisting of important practice and enrichment courses.

All students are required to complete the following:
Course Name Credits
Introduction to Law 0
Contracts I & II 5
Torts I & II 5
Property I & II 6
Civil Procedure I & II 6
Administrative Law 3
Legal Methods I, II & III 7
Criminal Law 3
Criminal Procedure 3
Constitutional Law 4
Evidence 3
Business Organizations 3
Sales and Leases 3
Professional Responsibility 3
Fundamentals of the Bar Exam 2
Menu A/Menu B courses and Electives 26
* Experiential Learning Requirement 6 (2 of the 6 must be satisfied by enrollment in a clinic, externship, or practicum.)
Writing Requirement The Writing Requirement is completed in conjunction with another elective paper course for credit.
Total Credits 88

* Students who matriculated before August 2015 must take one Skills course.

Menu A courses include the following:

  • Family Law (3-credit version only)
  • Federal Income Tax
  • First Amendment
  • Remedies
  • Secured Transactions
  • Wills and Trusts

 Menu B courses include the following:

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Copyright and Trademark
  • Disability Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Immigration
  • Labor Law
  • Legislation
  • Payment Systems
  • Real Estate Transactions (3-credit version only)
  • State Constitutional Law
  • Taxation of Business Enterprise