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Partnership Programs

For students at partner institutions, Widener Law Commonwealth offers special admissions programs.

Higher Education Partnership Programs

Widener Law Commonwealth has partnered with the following institutions to offer applicants various admissions options.

Widener University Partnership   

Jump to: Widener Legal Scholars Program | 3+3 Early Admissions Program with Widener University | Express Admissions Program | Legal Studies & Analysis Minor

Stockton University Partnership   

Jump to: Express Admit Program

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Partnership   

Jump to: Express Admissions Program | 3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Program | Dixon Scholarships

Elizabethtown College Partnership

Jump to: Law Early Admission Program (LEAP)

Cabrini College Partnership

Jump to:  3+3 Early Admissions Program | Express Admissions Program

Jump to: Other Financial Aid


  

WIDENER UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP   

Widener Law offers three options to students who attend Widener University’s undergraduate college.

Widener Legal Scholars Program

Under the Widener Legal Scholars program, Widener undergraduate students in any major qualify for admission to Widener Law Commonwealth without having to take the LSAT provided they

  • Submit a completed Law School application,
  • Score at or above the 85th percentile on the SAT and have not taken the LSAT. (Applicants who have taken an LSAT are not eligible for consideration under this program.),
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, or have a GPA in the top 10 percent of the class, through six semesters of study, and
  • Satisfy all Law School admissions requirements relating to character and fitness.

In addition, students admitted to the Law School for the 2015-2016 academic year under this program will qualify for an annual scholarship in the amount of $32,000, which is renewable each succeeding year of full-time law school study, for a total scholarship award of $96,000.

3 + 3 Early Admissions Program with Widener University

Widener undergraduate students may earn both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor degree in six years, instead of the usual seven, provided they

  • Major in Political Science, English, or History through the College of Arts & Sciences,
  • Complete 75 percent of their bachelor's degree requirements in three years,
  • Submit a completed law school application by April 1 of the calendar year in which they plan to enter law school,
  • Rank in the top 50th percentile of their class and/or attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate studies,
  • Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the most recent entering class at Widener Law, and
  • Satisfy all Law School admissions requirements relating to character and fitness.

Students attend Widener Law Commonwealth in their fourth (senior) year, and these courses fulfill the students' remaining requirements to earn the bachelor’s degree. Students must attend Widener Law on a full-time basis until they have completed their bachelor’s degree. At that time, they may elect to continue their legal studies on either a full- or part-time basis.

Express Admission Program

With Express Admission, Widener undergraduate students are guaranteed admission to Widener Law Commonwealth provided they

  • Submit a completed Law School application by April 1 of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal studies,
  • Rank in the top 50th percentile of their class and/or attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate studies,
  • Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the most recent entering class at Widener Law, and
  • Satisfy all Law School admissions requirements relating to character and fitness.
Legal Studies and Analysis Minor

This minor, designed by faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with Widener Law Commonwealth, consists of courses that emphasize skills necessary for success on the LSAT. Social Science majors will have plenty of room in their curricula to complete the minor in time to take the LSAT, usually at the end of the junior year. More information about Widener’s pre-law program. 

STOCKTON UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

Widener Law Commonwealth offers an Express Admit Program to students and graduates of Stockton University. In order to be eligible for the program, Stockton students and graduates must   

  • Submit their application no later than April 1 for the academic year they are applying to,
  • Satisfy Widener’s admission requirements relating to character and fitness,
  • Rank in top 50 percent of the graduating class, and
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.

Students admitted through the Express Admit Program have the option of attending the Widener Law regular division (full-time/day: three years) or extended division (part-time/day or evening: four years).   

PASSHE PARTNERSHIP   

Widener Law Commonwealth offers special programs and scholarships to students and graduates from the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities. This innovative agreement streamlines the admissions process, provides insight into the legal profession for college students, and provides new scholarships for PASSHE students interested in obtaining a legal education in Pennsylvania.   

Express Admission Program

PASSHE graduates are eligible to apply under the Express Admissions Program. Students are guaranteed admission to Widener Law Commonwealth if they   

  • Submit a completed application no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal study,
  • Satisfy Widener Law’s admission requirements relating to character and fitness,
  • Rank in the top 50 percent of the graduating class, and
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.   

To receive the JD degree, students must complete 88 credits at Widener Law in Harrisburg. Two attendance options are available, regular division (full-time/day: three years) or extended division (part-time/day or evening: four years).

3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Program

PASSHE students are eligible to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree in six years, instead of the usual seven. PASSHE students must

  1. Complete 75 percent of their bachelor’s degree requirements and obtain prior approval from their home institution to use course credits earned at Widener Law Commonwealth for their remaining degree requirements;
  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher the semester prior to applying to Widener Law Commonwealth;
  3. Submit a completed application no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal studies. (Students who apply after April 1 will be considered on a space available basis.);
  4. Submit required letters of recommendation and a personal statement; and
  5. Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.

Attendance at Widener Law Commonwealth will fulfill the student’s remaining requirements to earn the appropriate bachelor’s degree. Students must attend on a full-time basis for the first year or until they receive their bachelor’s degree. At that time, they may elect to continue on either a full-time basis or part-time basis. The bachelor’s degree will be awarded from the PASSHE university and the JD from Widener Law.  

Dixon Scholarships

Students who are admitted to the Express Admissions Program or the 3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Degree Program are eligible for Dixon Scholarships. Widener Law Commonwealth may award up to four scholarships annually to each of the 14 PASSHE universities.

Students receiving scholarships will be designated Dixon Scholars in recognition of the contributions to higher education in Pennsylvania of F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Scholarships apply to fall and spring semesters only.   

ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP

Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, students from Elizabethtown College became eligible to apply to Widener Law Commonwealth through the Law Early Admission Program (LEAP). LEAP students will be admitted to Widener Law Commonwealth if they

  • Complete all major and core course requirements at Elizabethtown College and attain senior status (96 or more credits) before enrolling in courses at Widener Law Commonwealth;
  • Earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA that ranks in the top 50th percentile of the class (as calculated by the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service);
  • Meet the character and fitness requirements of Widener Law Commonwealth;
  • Comply with all application, seat deposit, and other deadlines established by Widener Law Commonwealth;
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December of the third year of the program (for 3+3 students), or December of the fourth year of the program (for 4+3 students); and
  • Earn a LSAT score at or above the 50th percentile for that test administration.

LEAP students must apply no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which they plan to begin studies and must matriculate into the regular division for their first year of law school. Information regarding LEAP eligibility at Elizabethtown College can be found here.

Cabrini College Partnership

Widener Law Commonwealth Law in partnership with Cabrini College offers the two options for Cabrini College undergraduates.

3+3 Early Admission Program:

Cabrini College undergraduate students may earn both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree in six years, instead of the usual seven provided they

  • Complete all major and core course requirements at Cabrini and complete 75% of their bachelor degree’s requirements before enrolling in courses at Widener Law Commonwealth.
  • Complete and submit a letter to the Cabrini College Program Coordinator stating their intention to utilize the affiliation to attend Widener Law Commonwealth not later than February 1st of their junior year.
  • Earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher through six semesters of undergraduate studies at Cabrini.
  • Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the current Widener Law Commonwealth first year entering class.
  • Satisfy all law school admissions requirements relating to character and fitness.
  • Submit a completed application to Widener Law Commonwealth no later than April 1st of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal study.
  • Submit at least one recommendation letter originating from the Cabrini College Program Coordinator.

Students admitted to Widener Law Commonwealth through the 3+3 program must attend on a full time basis until they have completed their bachelor’s degree. At that time, they may elect to continue their legal studies on either a full or part time basis.

All financial aid applications will be handled directly between the student and Widener Law Commonwealth.

At the completion of their first year of law school, the student will request an official transcript be sent to Cabrini. Cabrini will award the bachelor’s degree to students who have successfully completed the first year of law school and completed all major and core requirements at Cabrini.

Express Admissions Program:

Express admissions students will be admitted to Widener Law Commonwealth if they meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher through time of law school application review.
  • Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the current Widener Law Commonwealth first year entering class.
  • Satisfy all law school admissions requirements relating to character and fitness
  • Submit a completed application to Widener Law Commonwealth no later than April 1st of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal study.
  • Submit at least one recommendation letter originating from the Cabrini College Program Coordinator.

Other Financial Aid

Students who enroll at Widener Law Commonwealth in the above programs are eligible to apply for other scholarships and financial aid packages. Students interested in any of these programs are also encouraged to contact their school’s pre-law advisor for assistance.