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Mary Catherine Scott

Assistant Clinical Professor
Director, Central Pennsylvania Law Clinic

Phone: 717.541.0320

“As the director of the Central Pennsylvania Law Clinic, my goal is to ensure that enrolled students will gain the skills necessary to be practice-ready upon graduation from law school. In addition, by providing much needed legal services to the community, participation in the clinical program provides students an opportunity to engage in pro bono work. My hope is that clinic students will continue with that work as practicing attorneys.”

Professor Scott has been with Widener Law Commonwealth's Central Pennsylvania Law Clinic since 2002, first as a supervising attorney and more recently as its director. The clinic is distinguished in two primary ways. It provides free legal assistance to those in our community who cannot afford legal services as it prepares law students to become lawyers. This real world experience gives students an opportunity to practice in a supervised setting and handle real cases with real elderly and indigent clients in areas of law that include administrative law, family law, landlord tenant law, consumer law and elder law. 

Professor Scott recognizes that the access to justice for such underserved clients is wide and the clinical program at Widener Law Commonwealth steps in to help fill this gap. Many practicing attorneys in our region have participated in the clinic while at Widener, assisting those who needed legal help, and are now successful practitioners. 

In addition to her work at the clinic, Professor Scott is active in the Dauphin County Bar Association Public Services Committee, where she works with other practicing attorneys providing pro bono opportunities in the community. She is also a board member on the Advisory Council of Elder Justice in the Courts, where she works with other elder law experts to identify and understand elder justice issues for one of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations.

  • Introduction to the Legal Process
  • Intensive Legal Analysis
  • Legal Methods, Trial Admissions Program
  • Interviewing and Counseling


BS, University of Scranton
JD, Widener University School of Law 


Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Board of Appeals
Law Clerk, Richard A. Lewis, Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas
Supervising Attorney, Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic

Bar Admissions



American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Dauphin County Bar Association, Public Services Committee
Clinical Legal Education Association
Board Member, Advisory Council of Elder Justice in the Courts

Selected Media Coverage

Elder Law Prof Blog
Mary Catherine Scott was featured on September 14, 2022 for the work she and her students are doing with the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in its Pro Bono Guardianship Monitor Program. 

Awards and Recognitions

Central Pennsylvania Business Journal-Legal Excellence Award in Legal Services
Dauphin County Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
Pennsylvania Bar Association-Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for Dauphin County


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