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JUL 27, 2015 MONDAY

Widener University and Cabrini College Partner on Law School Early and Express Admissions Programs

Cabrini College students can now receive express admission to law school or earn their undergraduate and law degrees in just six years thanks to agreements Cabrini signed Wednesday with Widener University and its two law schools.

Jeff Gingerich, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cabrini College, signed the agreements at a ceremony at Widener joined by Widener representatives Stephen C. Wilhite, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost; Christian Johnson, dean of Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pa., and Rodney Smolla, dean of Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington, Del.

“Cabrini and Widener share a common mission that is about civic engagement and social justice,” Gingerich said. “There is the justice system and there is social justice. A lot of the time, we may think that the justice system is not working for people. This partnership joins those two concepts.”

The 3+3 Early Admission Program allows qualified Cabrini students to begin their studies at either Commonwealth Law School or Delaware Law School in what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate studies. Students must complete all major and core courses and 75 percent of their bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 grade point average before enrolling at Widener. They must also fulfill all other admissions requirements.

Through the Express Admission Program, Cabrini students with a 3.0 grade point average will be admitted to Widener upon completion of all undergraduate degree requirements. Students must also meet or exceed the median LSAT score of the current law school entering class and fulfill other admissions requirements.

Johnson touted externship opportunities available to Cabrini students who come to Commonwealth Law School, and invited students and faculty to visit the law school when they come to Harrisburg. “We’re excited about this agreement,” Johnson said.

Smolla echoed Johnson’s sentiment about the partnership with Cabrini and said he was looking forward to working with the college. He said Cabrini students who earn degrees from Delaware Law School will be “entering a profession with enormous opportunities for meaningful lives."

Since 2008, 19 Cabrini graduates have matriculated at Widener for law school. Cabrini also has articulation agreements with Widener for graduate studies in human sexuality and social work, and tourism and hospitality. Widener has similar articulation agreements for its law schools with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Elizabethtown College, and for its own undergraduate students.  Find out more about these agreements here