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Student Life and Wellness: Active Body, Healthy Mind

Law school is challenging, and students spend a lot of time studying as they work toward earning a law degree. At Widener Law Commonwealth, we value fostering a work-life balance for students. We demonstrate our commitment to this focus on wellness by offering various fitness sessions, visits from therapy dogs, and an assortment of outdoor recreation activities that support students' overall wellbeing.

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Puppies in the Pit

To help make studying for finals a little more bearable, dogs from Caring Hearts Pet Therapy spend time with law students before final exams, providing some much-needed stress relief.

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Dean's Picnic

Students, faculty, and staff gather for this annual family friendly event. The picnic is held on campus between the Student Organizations building and the Library Building and is a fun afternoon filled with music, games, food and drinks.

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Basketball & Tennis Courts

Basketball and tennis courts are available on campus for students needing a break from their studies. The courts may be reserved and sports equipment is available for students to use.

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Mindfulness can improve the quality of your life. Throughout the year, workshops on topics such as guided meditation, yoga, nutrition, and text anxiety are offered. In addition, students enjoy tending to our Butterfly Garden.

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Community Service

Students enjoy giving back to our local community by collecting food, blankets, and school supplies for those in need. In addition, students participate in the MLK Day of Service and fundraise for local nonprofit organizations.


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Fitness Classes

Widener Law Commonwealth cycling classes are held regularly during the year at Progress Fitness, located very close to campus. In addition, students may obtain vouchers from the Office of Student Affairs to attend other Progress Fitness classes.


Widener Law Commonwealth students form lifelong bonds through social programming such as trivia nights, open mic nights, scavenger hunts, Widener Night Out, and the Barrister's Ball

Related Links

Podcast Episode

Mindfulness for Students

Gyms Near Campus

5 Bridges
Progress Fitness (ask about specials for law students)
Pure Barre
Planet Fitness: Port View Dr.
Planet Fitness: Allentown Blvd.
JCC Fitness Center
Friendship YMCA

Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
Visit the outdoor recreation opportunities page to discover what nature has to offer near campus. 

Counseling Services

The Virtual Care Group offers unlimited tele-counseling, crisis counseling, and life coaching services to students 24/7/365. Current students are eligible for this service and can sign up on their website.

ThrivingCampus seeks to efficiently connect students with counseling resources. Students can access ThrivingCampus to identify providers that have appointment availability and who meet their individualized needs.

Helpful Resources

Dauphin County Crisis Intervention Services (24 hour emergency mental health hotline 717.232.7511)
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Love is Respect
Safe Space Allies
YWCA Greater Harrisburg
My Plate