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Meet Admissions: Barbara Ayars
Assistant Dean for Admissions Barbara Ayars enjoys helping applicants realize their dreams.
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AyarsBarb200pxBarbara Ayars
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Widener University School of Law - Delaware
blayars@mail.widener.edu
302-477-2210

What’s Great About Your Job?
Helping people to realize their dreams and advising them on how to pursue them. Sometimes applicants will come with their parents and you can see the pride on the parents’ faces. That’s awesome to be a part of.

What Makes You Proud?
Being an alumnus of Widener Law I know that our graduates enter the profession prepared to succeed. I am proud that I play a significant role in shaping the profile of our student body and future graduates. I am proud to be able to play a role in providing to others the same opportunities that I had.

To find out more about Assistant Dean Ayars, read her full profile.


KniskernEric200pxEric M. Kniskern
Director of Admissions - Harrisburg Campus
Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg
emkniskern@widener.edu
717-541-3910

What’s Great About Your Job?
As an alumnus of Widener Law, I have the opportunity to give back to my law school in a very special way. I have a direct hand in steering the future of the law school by recommending applicants for admission and I take that responsibility very seriously.


What Widener Law Has to Offer:
I was admitted to three law schools and chose Widener because it was the smallest and seemed the friendliest. A student gave me my tour and as we walked through campus, everyone knew her by name. That really stayed with me because I wanted to be in a law school community where everyone supported each other. I definitely made the right choice.


To find out more about Eric, read his full profile.


McKeoneColleen200pxColleen McKeone
Associate Director of Admissions - Delaware Campus
Widener University School of Law – Delaware
ckmckeone@mail.widener.edu
302-477-2160

What’s Great About Your Job?
It is an excellent job with just the right mix of people, places, and state-of-the-art use of technology.

Advice for Non-Traditional Students:
Many applicants have worked in a career and are now seeking a change. Tons of books have been written about the law school admissions process. Browse a few at your local bookstore and attend law fairs or forums. Don’t underestimate the importance of the LSAT. Prepare yourself for a journey that will be like nothing you have done before.

To find out more about Colleen, read her full profile.


BarkleyNicole200pxNicole C. Barkley
Assistant Dean and Multicultural Affairs Officer - Delaware Campus
Widener University School of Law – Delaware
ncbarkley@mail.widener.edu
302-477-2702

What’s Great About Your Job?
I most enjoy knowing that I have a hand in an applicant accomplishing their dream of attending law school.

What Widener Law Has to Offer:
The people. Widener Law is very welcoming. You can immediately tell that everyone is invested in your success.


PortaMarie200pxMarie A. Porta
Assistant Director of Admissions - Delaware Campus
Widener University School of Law – Delaware
maporta@mail.widener.edu
302-477-2133

What’s Great About Your Job?
It’s very rewarding to find out that a student will be attending Widener after I have met with them and given them a tour of the school.

On Letters of Recommendation:
The best letters of recommendation give specific details about the applicant, and especially highlight the qualities of the applicant that will make them successful in law school and in the applicant’s career as an attorney.


WilkinsonJosh200pxJoshua J. Wilkinson
Admissions Counselor - Harrisburg Campus
Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg
jjwilkinson@widener.edu
717-541-3903

What’s Great About Your Job?
Attending and graduating from law school is a big achievement and it satisfies me to be able to contribute to students accomplishing such a prestigious goal.

What Widener Law Has to Offer:
My experiences with Widener Law as a student were only positive, so when the opportunity to work for my alma mater presented itself, I could not pass it up. Everyone in the Administrative Offices had provided such a friendly and inviting atmosphere when I was a law student and I wanted to be a part of that.