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Institutes & Centers
Part think-tank, part boot camp, Widener’s legal institutes and centers conduct policy-shaping research in some of the most exciting areas of law while giving you the opportunity to tailor your legal education to your professional goals. Each institute offers a certificate program with a wide range of electives and research projects with which to fine tune your law degree.

The Institute of Delaware Corporate & Business Law (Delaware)
The Institute of Delaware Corporate & Business Law offers a formal concentration in the corporate law of Delaware, one of the world’s foremost corporate legal environments. The institute offers a range of elective courses and requires the writing of a scholarly paper to help prepare you for a successful career. Completion of the requirements leads to a Business Organizations Law Certificate.

The Family Health Law & Policy Institute (Delaware)
Our legal system and its policies shape the health and welfare of families in myriad ways; at the same time, the reality of how families are created and operate has a direct effect on family health law and policy. Yet little attention has been devoted to studying this synergistic relationship. The Family Health Law & Policy Institute prepares students for a career relating to family law and policy, health law, or the dynamic intersection of the two. The institute offers a rich curriculum relating to these subjects, including a robust field component, where students acquire real-world experience in a variety of possible settings: the veterans clinic; the medical-legal partnership; relevant law firm practice; clerkships with family law judges; and placements in corporations involved in such diverse areas as pharmaceuticals and insurance. The Institute also offers academic and practitioner-focused symposia and continuing legal education programs, as well as community outreach, and encourages and supports faculty and student research. Through the completion of a flexible selection of courses and field experience, JD candidates may earn a Family Health Law & Policy certificate.

The Taishoff Advocacy, Technology and Public Service Institute (Delaware)
The nationally recognized Taishoff Advocacy, Technology and Public Service Institute offers advocacy skills courses that cover the entire legal process—from initial client interview to summation—and opportunities to put your knowledge to work in simulated jury trials through programs and organizations such as the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), and the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society. Successful completion of the requirements leads to the Trial Advocacy Certificate. As of 2008, the Advocacy and Technology Institute also offers and supervises a certificate program in criminal law.

The Law & Government Institute (Harrisburg)
The nationally acclaimed Law & Government Institute offers education and training in the area of government law, public policy, and legislation. Curricular concentrations are available in Administrative Law/Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, or Legislation.

Environmental Law Center (Delaware & Harrisburg) 
The Environmental Law Center will harness the expertise of the seven environmental law faculty we have on Widener’s Harrisburg and Wilmington campuses to benefit both our students and the public. Our faculty has a national and international reputation for teaching and scholarship on the critical environmental policy questions of the 21st century, generating more than 150 law review and scholarly articles, hundreds of presentations before national and international symposia and conferences, 25 book chapters, and eight books that have broken new ground in sustainability, climate change, environmental citizen suits, energy, international law, toxic torts, and constitutional law. The Environmental Law Center offers a certificate program in environmental law on both the Delaware and Harrisburg campuses.

Public Interest Resource Center (Delaware)
The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) opened in January 2005 in order to coordinate student public interest work at Widener Law’s Delaware Campus. PIRC does not provide direct client services. Instead, it teams students with public interest agencies and lawyers to help those in need. If you are interested in putting your classroom education to the test while helping clients who could really use your expertise, then PIRC can help you find an opportunity that suits your interests and your schedule.