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Why Harrisburg: Living and Learning in the Capital Region

Widener Law Commonwealth’s location as the only law school in the capital of the nation’s fifth most populous state presents a world of opportunities for our students.

Becoming a Lawyer and a Leader in Harrisburg

Learning in Harrisburg

Widener Law Commonwealth’s campus lies just six miles from the heart of Pennsylvania’s Capitol Complex, which includes the houses of the legislature, many state agencies, state courts, and federal courts. This location puts us in the center of a diverse and active legal community, made up of the 1,450 members of the Harrisburg-based bar. 

As a result, Widener Law Commonwealth students enjoy a myriad of opportunities—to witness the law in action, to secure externships, and to build a professional network.

An added advantage lies in the broad representation of Widener Law Commonwealth alumni across the region. Our graduates work in every branch of state government, practice with firms and corporations of every description, and look for opportunities to open doors for fellow—and future—Widener alums.

Widener Law Commonwealth's location is particularly ideal for our Law and Government Institute and students completing its certificate programs. They enjoy access to the processes of legislation and policymaking that no other school in the capital region can match.

Living in Harrisburg

Life in Harrisburg offers the best of two worlds—the energy and opportunities of an urban center with all the advantages of a small town.

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With approximately 600,000 people, Central Pennsylvania features the attractions of a major population center: cultural institutions, plentiful shopping, and fabulous restaurants. However, the cost of living is much lower than in New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington D.C.


When you are ready to escape the urban environment, nature is minutes away. Take your choice of outdoor recreational activities on the Susquehanna River and nearby Appalachian Trail or explore Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park, one of the most scenic inland waterfronts in the nation.

There is much more to discover. The national Civil War Museum in Harrisburg is the largest of its kind in the country. Historic Gettysburg battlefields and the heart of Amish Country are just a short drive away.  And, Hershey, Pa., famous for its amusement park and chocolate, is just 15 miles to the east.

 "Widener has a great relationship with the Capitol, and there are endless opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in the field."


Nicole Danner, '16