Widener Law Commonwealth has partnered with the following institutions to offer applicants various admissions options.
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Widener Law offers three options to students who attend Widener University’s undergraduate college.
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:
In addition, students admitted to the Law School for the 2017-2018 academic year under this program will qualify for an annual scholarship, which is renewable each succeeding year of full-time law school study.
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:
Scholarships awarded by the Widener Law Commonwealth are based on the applicant’s LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA. In 2017-2018 these scholarships ranged from $5000 to $40,000.
Students attend Widener Law Commonwealth in their fourth (senior) undergraduate year, and these courses fulfill the students' remaining free electives to earn the bachelor’s degree. Students must attend Widener Law Commonwealth on a full-time basis until they have completed their undergraduate degree. At that time, they may elect to continue their legal studies on either a full-time or part-time basis. Undergraduate GPA will be determined solely by the grades earned while enrolled as an undergraduate student. Students are eligible to participate in team sports while enrolled in their first three undergraduate years, but not as graduate law students.
With Express Admission, Widener undergraduate students are guaranteed admission to Widener Law Commonwealth provided they:
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.
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
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).
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.
PASSHE graduates are eligible to apply under the Express Admissions Program. Students are guaranteed admission to Widener Law Commonwealth if they
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Widener Law Commonwealth Law in partnership with Cabrini College offers the two options for Cabrini College undergraduates.
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
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 students will be admitted to Widener Law Commonwealth if they meet the following criteria:
Students who are accepted to and enroll in Wilson College may be eligible to participate in the 3 + 3 program between Widener Law Commonwealth and Wilson. Candidates who are interested in the program should work closely with the advisor at Wilson to make sure that all requirements are completed in a timely manner. A student who fulfills the requirements as set forth by Wilson, who has a cumulative GPA and LSAT score at or above the median of the most recent entering class at Widener Law Commonwealth should be eligible for admission to Widener Law Commonwealth. The first year of law school, will then apply toward the degree from Wilson College.
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.