The Widener Law Commonwealth in Harrisburg, PA values inclusion and is committed to enrolling students of diverse ethnicities, experiences, and backgrounds.
The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically and does not merely rely on LSAT and undergraduate GPA to make admissions decisions. Widener Law Commonwealth has a rolling admissions process where applications and offers are generally made in the order of completed applications received; therefore, it is important to apply early before the class is filled. The application process is paperless and applications and other supporting documents should be submitted electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website.
Download our Admissions Checklist to get started today. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 717.541.3903 or [email protected]. You can also reach the LSAC at 215.968.1001 or lsac.org.
Application Dates and Deadlines
October 1, 2020 – Application opens at LSAC.org
January 1, 2021 – Binding Early Decision Deadline
February 1, 2021 – Early Action Deadline
April 1, 2021 – Early Admission and Express Admissions Programs Deadline
May 1, 2021 – Trial Admissions Program Consideration Deadline
May 1, 2021 – Priority Admissions Deadline
June 30, 2021 – Application Deadline
The application fee is $60.00. However, the application fee is waived for all applicants who apply on or before the priority admissions deadline of May 1st.
A complete application consists of the following:
- A completed application form (available at lsac.org)
- A 2-3 page, double spaced, personal statement
- A one-page résumé
- A LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report with all post-secondary academic transcripts.
- A valid Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score with writing sample
- Two Letters of Recommendation (LORs) submitted through CAS are required; however, the Admissions Committee will review up to three LORs. For an applicant currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school at least one letter of recommendation should be an academic letter of recommendation.
- If applicable, any required addenda (see "Required Application Addenda").
Optional application material consists of the following
- Optional - Diversity Statement explaining any characteristics that would allow the applicant to uniquely contribute to the Commonwealth Law community.
Required Application Addenda
You must submit an addendum with your application if you:
- Have previously enrolled in this or another law school’s Juris Doctor program or conditional admissions program. The addendum should explain the circumstances under which you left your previous law school and how you are prepared to succeed in law school now. In addition, you must request that your previous law school send an official copy of your law school transcript and a letter of standing. Please note that if you were academically dismissed from another law school, at least two years must have elapsed between the date of your disqualification and the date of your matriculation at this law school.
- Answered "Yes" to the question "Have you ever been separated from any branch of the US armed forces under less than honorable conditions?" The addendum should explain of the circumstances that lead to your separation.
- Answer "yes" to any of the character and fitness questions. The addendum must explain the circumstances surrounding the incident(s) necessitating the disclosure. It is very important that you answer these questions honestly, completely, and forthrightly. If you are in doubt as to whether to disclose information, it is better to err on the side of disclosure. Material misrepresentations and failures to disclose can lead to denial of admission, cancellation of acceptance, expulsion from law school, or revocation of the degree after conferral.
Statement on Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
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