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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the application deadline?
2. What is the application fee?
3. Are letters of recommendation required?
4. May I submit additional information with my application?
5. When will I receive a decision?
6. What are the median LSAT and undergraduate grade point average for the entering class?
7. How does Widener Law Commonwealth consider multiple LSAT scores?
8. Are there qualifications for admission to the bar aside from successful completion of a bar exam and is there anything I should do now in anticipation of being admitted to the bar in my preferred jurisdiction?
9. What should I include in response to the character & fitness questions on my application?
10. Will I have to pay a seat deposit if admitted?
11. Is Widener Law Commonwealth accredited?
12. What is the Trial Admissions Program (TAP)?
13. Does Widener Law Commonwealth offer a part-time program?
14. Does Widener Law Commonwealth offer on-campus housing?


 

1. When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for fall admission is May 15, 2018. Offers of admission are extended on a rolling basis, so it is beneficial to apply as early as possible. Students may take the LSAT in June for fall consideration, but are still encouraged to apply before May 1, 2018.

2. What is the application fee?

The $60.00 application fee is waived for all who apply prior to December 31, 2017.  

3. Are letters of recommendation required?

Yes, applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation.

4. May I submit additional information with my application?

Yes. A personal statement is required. A resume is also acceptable. An addendum may be submitted if you feel an aspect of your application, such as LSAT or UGPA, requires additional explanation.

5. When will I receive a decision?

We generally begin making admissions decisions in November. After November, a decision is typically made within three to four weeks of submission of your application. Decisions for the summer Trial Admissions Program (TAP) are made in March and April.

6. What are the median LSAT and undergraduate grade point average for the Fall 2017 entering class?

The median LSAT score is 148 and the median GPA is 3.19.

7. How does Widener Law Commonwealth consider multiple LSAT scores?

Widener Law Commonwealth will consider all scores taken for the past five years. A reasonable explanation should be provided for discrepant scores to determine whether the highest score should be given more weight. This explanation should not be included in a personal statement but instead be provided in a separate statement accompanying the application.

8. Are there qualifications for admission to the bar aside from successful completion of a bar exam, and is there anything I should do now in anticipation of being admitted to the bar in my preferred jurisdiction?

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.

9. What should I include in response to the character and fitness questions on my application?

You should include all arrests, charges, and convictions for all felony and misdemeanor offenses other than a minor traffic violation, including juvenile offenses and records that may be expunged, as well as probation and parole terms. You should also include any actions taken against you by licensing boards. When applying to the take the bar exam, the State Board of Bar Examiners will review original applications for admission to law school. If a discrepancy is found, even if it is unintentional, this may preclude you from sitting for the bar exam. If you are unsure about including a particular incident or record, you should contact your State Board of Bar Examiners for further clarification; however, it is always in your best interest to err on the side of full disclosure. 

10. Will I have to pay a seat deposit if admitted?

Yes, Widener Law Commonwealth requires two $400 seat deposits.  The deposits are non-refundable.  The first deposit is due on April 15 and the second on June 20.  Applicants admitted after April 15 will be advised of their deposit deadlines at the time of acceptance.  All seat deposits are credited toward tuition upon matriculation, but are non-refundable if you do not enroll in the Law School.    

11. Is Widener Law Commonwealth accredited?

Widener Law Commonwealth is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The ABA can be reached at 321 N. Clark Street, 21st floor, Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 988-6738. The AALS can be reached at 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., (202) 296-8851.

12. What is the Trial Admissions Program (TAP)?

Designed especially for students who excel in only one of the two principal standardized measures of success – the UGPA or LSAT score – TAP is held during the summer as an opportunity for participants to demonstrate their ability to succeed in legal studies. While classes do not count toward a degree, they can lead to admission. Applicants who do not meet regular admissions standards are automatically considered for TAP. Students who are successful and admitted from TAP typically receive a partial merit scholarship award in recognition of their achievement.

13. Does Widener Law Commonwealth  offer a part-time program?

Yes. In addition to our traditional full-time Regular Division program, which takes three years to complete, Widener Law Commonwealth also offers a part-time Extended Division program for those students who must or choose to work full-time. Our part-time programs are offered day or evening and typically take four years to complete.

14. Does Widener Law Commonwealth offer on-campus housing?

Widener Law Commonwealth does not offer on-campus housing. However, our Admissions Office will assist you in finding convenient and affordable living space within close proximity to campus. We offer a housing resource center in the office as well as online resources to assist you in finding an apartment, a room for rent, and even a roommate to lessen expenses. Please contact the Admissions Office at [email protected] for more housing information.