Higher Education Partnership Programs
Widener Law has partnered with the following institutions to offer applicants various admissions options.

Our Partners:

Widener University Partnership
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Partnership
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Partnership
Elizabethtown College Partnership

WIDENER UNIVERSITY PARTERNSHIP
Widener Law offers three (3) options to students who attend
Widener University’s undergraduate college .

1. The 3 + 3 Early Admissions Program with Widener University Enables Widener Political Science students to complete both their bachelor’s and JD degrees in six years full time study. Instead of 7 years (4 undergraduate and 3 law school) the programs accelerates the process by double counting credits from the first year of law school. Students can substitute the credits from their first year of law school for their senior year at the University and still count the credits towards their law degree. This advantage will save the student both time and tuition costs. Recommended for superior students highly motivated to attend law school.

ELIGIBILITY Juniors who meet the following requirements :
  • In compliance with the ABA Standard 202 - successful completion by end of junior year of 75 % (no less than 90 credits) of work acceptable for bachelor’s degree and permission from Widener University to participate in this program. Students will graduate with their undergraduate class upon successful completion of their first year of law school.
  • Successful completion of all university, college and major requirements for the bachelor’s other than “free electives” and requirements for which a first year law school course is a substitute acceptable to the student’s major and college.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better the semester prior to applying to law school.
  • Application by April 1st of the calendar year you plan to attend law school. Application after April 1st will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Letters of recommendation, a personal interview and a personal statement are required.
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.
  • Fulfillment of all admissions requirements normally imposed by the Law School.
  • If a student is unsuccessful in the first year of law school or decides to withdraw they may return the next semester to the university to complete their undergrad degree without reapplying. The credits for law school would be considered as any other transfer credits.
2. Express Admission Program: Students are guaranteed admission to the Law School if they:
  • Submit their application no later than April 1 for the academic year they are applying to
  • Satisfy Widener’s admission requirements relating to Character & Fitness
  • Rank in top 50 percent of the graduating class
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT
3. Legal Studies and Analysis Minor This minor, designed by faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with Widener Law School, consists of courses that emphasize the skills necessary for success on the LSAT. Social Science majors will have plenty of room in their curricula to complete the minor in time to take the LSAT, usually at the end of the junior year. More information about Widener’s pre-law program .

THE RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY PARTNERSHIP
Beginning in 2009, Widener Law now offers an Express Admit Program to students and graduates of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. In order to be eligible for the program, Stockton students and graduates must:
  • Submit their application no later than April 1 for the academic year they are applying to
  • Satisfy Widener’s admission requirements relating to Character & Fitness
  • Rank in top 50 percent of the graduating class
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT
Students admitted through the Express Admit Program, have the option of attending Widener Law in the Regular Division (full time, day – 3 years) or Extended Division (part time, day or evening – 4 years) at either the Wilmington, Delaware or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Campus.

PASSHE PARTNERSHIP
Beginning in 1998, Widener Law’s Harrisburg Campus has offered special programs and scholarships to students and graduates from the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities. This innovative agreement streamlines the admissions process, provides insight into the legal profession for college students and provides new scholarships for students in the PASSHE interested in obtaining a legal education in Pennsylvania.


1. Express Admission Program
PASSHE graduates are eligible to apply under the Express Admissions Program. Students are guaranteed admission to Widener Law in Harrisburg if they:
  • Submit a completed application no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal study.
  • Satisfy Widener Law’s admission requirements relating to character and fitness.
  • Rank in the top 50 percent of the graduating class.
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.
To receive the J.D. degree, students must complete 88 credits at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg. Two attendance options are available, Regular Division (full-time, day – 3 years) or Extended Division (part-time, day or evening – 4 years).


2. 3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Program
PASSHE students are eligible to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years, instead of the usual seven years. PASSHE students must:

  1. Complete 75 percent of their bachelor’s degree requirements and obtain prior approval from their home institution to use course credits earned at Widener Law in Harrisburg for their remaining degree requirements.
  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher the semester prior to applying to Widener Law in Harrisburg.
  3. Submit a completed application no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal studies. Students who apply after April 1 will be considered on a space available basis.
  4. Letters of recommendation and a personal statement are also required.
  5. Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.

Attendance at Widener Law will fulfill the student’s remaining requirements to earn the appropriate bachelor’s degree. Students must attend on a full-time basis for the first year or until they receive their bachelor’s degree. At that time, they may elect to continue on either a full-time basis or part-time basis. The bachelor’s degree will be awarded from the PASSHE university and the J.D. from Widener University School of Law.


3. Dixon Scholarships
Students who are admitted to the Express Admissions Program or the 3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Degree Program are eligible for Dixon Scholarships. Widener Law may award up to four scholarships annually to each of the 14 PASSHE universities.

Students receiving scholarships will be designated Dixon Scholars in recognition of the contributions to higher education in Pennsylvania of F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Scholarships apply to fall and spring semesters only.

ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP
Beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, students from Elizabethtown College are eligible to apply to Widener University School of Law through the Law Early Admission Program (LEAP) at either the Wilmington, Delaware or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania campuses. LEAP students will be admitted to Widener University School of Law if they meet the following criteria:
  • Complete all major and core course requirements at Elizabethtown College, and attain senior status (96 or more credits) before enrolling in courses at Widener University School of Law.
  • Earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA that ranks in the top 50th percentile of the class (as calculated by the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service).
  • Meet the character and fitness requirements of Widener University School of Law.
  • Comply with all application, seat deposit, and other deadlines established by Widener University School of Law.
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December of the third year of the program (for 3+3 students), or December of the fourth year of the program (for 4+3 students).
  • Earn a LSAT score at or above the 50th percentile for that test administration.
LEAP students must apply no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which they plan to begin legal study and must matriculate in the Regular Division program for their first year of law school. Information regarding LEAP eligibility requirements at Elizabethtown College can be found here.

Other Financial Aid
Students who enroll in the programs outlined above at Widener Law are eligible to apply for other scholarships and financial aid packages. Students interested in any of these programs are also encouraged to contact their school’s pre-law advisor for assistance.

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