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Wilkes University representative and Dean Michael Hussey shaking hands near two blue tables after signing a 3+3 agreement
APR 23, 2024 TUESDAY

Law School formalizes 3+3 law degree program agreement with Wilkes University

Widener University Commonwealth Law School and Wilkes University have signed an agreement that provides Wilkes University students an opportunity to earn both an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years, saving them time and tuition expenses.

Known as a 3+3 program, Wilkes undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn the final 30 credits of their bachelor’s degree at Widener Law Commonwealth, as they simultaneously pursue their juris doctor degree.

Students who qualify must complete the general education requirements, as well as those for their undergraduate major, by the completion of their junior year at Wilkes.

In addition, they need to apply to Widener Law Commonwealth by April 1 of their junior year and take the Law School Admission Test, known as the LSAT, no later than February of their junior year.

“This agreement provides an exciting and valuable opportunity for high-performing students. This 3+3 program allows them to save significant time and tuition costs to pursue a legal career at a respected Pennsylvania law school, with a seamless transition from their undergraduate experience,” Widener Law Commonwealth Dean Michael Hussey said. “We are excited to move this terrific partnership forward for their benefit.”

“Wilkes University is committed to providing academic expertise and innovative approaches to help our students meet their goals,” said Greg Cant, president of Wilkes University. “The partnership with Widener offers one more way for us to provide outstanding support to help our students thrive. The 3+3 combines respect for student and family concerns about rising costs with six years of exceptional educational experience.”

Wilkes University opens doors for those willing to work hard for what comes next. Through a mix of in-demand undergraduate, master’s and terminal degree programs, Wilkes encourages its students to explore whatever they find interesting. With academic expertise, dedicated mentoring and unwavering support, university faculty and staff inspire students to define success on their own terms. Wilkes gives people the chance to take risks, explore new facets of themselves and create the lives they want. It’s the place that Colonels call home. Learn more at

Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. 

View all of the photos from the signing event on WLC's flickr page.


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