Admissions FAQ

The Questions

  1. When is the application deadline?
  2. What is the application fee?
  3. Can I apply to both of your campuses on one application ?
  4. Are letters of recommendation required?
  5. May I submit additional information with my application?
  6. When will I receive a decision?
  7. What are the median LSAT and undergraduate grade point average for the entering class?
  8. How does Widener Law consider multiple LSAT scores?
  9. When is the latest I should take the LSAT for the following academic year?
  10. What should I include in response to the character & fitness questions on my application?
  11. Will I have to pay a seat deposit if admitted?
  12. Is Widener School of Law accredited?
  13. What is the Trial Admissions Program (TAP)?

The Answers

1. When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for Fall admission (Delaware and Harrisburg campuses) is May 15th. Offers of admission are extended on a rolling basis, so it is beneficial to apply as early as possible.

2. What is the application fee?
The application fee is $60.00. (The application fee is WAIVED for all applications received on or before February 1.)

3. Can I apply to both of your campuses on one application ?
Yes, simply check both the Harrisburg and Delaware boxes on the top of the application and send in only one $60.00 application fee. Applicants applying to both campuses should be prepared to accept admission to the campus designated by Widener Law. While applying to both campuses does not increase an applicant's chance of acceptance, applicants applying to both campuses waive their choice of campus.

4. Are letters of recommendation required?
No, however, submission of letters of recommendation is strongly suggested. You may send up to three letters of recommendation to Widener through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

5. May I submit additional information with my application?
Yes. A personal statement is required. A resume is also acceptable. An addendum may be submitted if you feel an aspect of your application, such as LSAT or UGPA, requires additional explanation.

6. When will I receive a decision?
We begin making admissions decisions in December. After December, a decision is typically made within 4-6 weeks of submission of your application. Decisions for the summer Trial Admissions Program (TAP) are made in March and April.

7. What are the median LSAT and undergraduate grade point average for the Fall 2012 entering class?
The median LSAT score is 150 and the median GPA is 3.11.

8. How does Widener Law consider multiple LSAT scores?
Widener will consider all scores taken for the past five years. A reasonable explanation should be provided for discrepant scores to determine whether the highest score should be given more weight. This explanation should not be included in a personal statement but instead be provided in a separate statement accompanying the application.

9. When is the latest I should take the LSAT for the following academic year?
While Widener Law will accept a score as late as June of the year you are planning to attend law school, we do not recommend you wait until then. In order to receive full consideration for merit scholarship awards and the Trial Admission Program, you should plan to take the LSAT no later than December of the previous year.

10. What should I include in response to the character & fitness questions on my application?
You should include all arrests, charges and convictions for all felony and misdemeanor offenses other than a minor traffic violation, including juvenile offenses and records that may be expunged, as well as probation and parole terms. You should also include any actions taken against you by licensing boards. When applying to the take the bar exam, the State Board of Bar Examiners will review original applications for admission to law school. If a discrepancy is found, even if it is unintentional, this may preclude you from sitting for the bar exam. If you are unsure about including a particular incident or record, you should contact your State Board of Bar Examiners for further clarification; however, it is always in your best interest to err on the side of full disclosure.

11. Will I have to pay a seat deposit if admitted?
Yes, a $400.00 non-refundable seat deposit is due on May 1st. Students accepted after April 15th will be granted two weeks from the date of acceptance to submit their seat deposit. All seat deposits are credited toward tuition upon matriculation.

12. Is Widener Law accredited?
Widener University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The ABA can be reached at 321 N. Clark Street, 21st floor, Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 988-6738. The AALS can be reached at 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., (202) 296-8851.

13. What is the Trial Admissions Program (TAP)?
Designed especially for students who excel in only one of the two principal standardized measures of success – the UGPA or LSAT score – TAP is held during the summer as an opportunity for participants to demonstrate their ability to succeed in legal studies. While classes do not count toward a degree, they can lead to admission. Applicants who do not meet regular admissions standards are automatically considered for TAP.