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Widener University School of Law

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 364
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 147 - 152
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.91 - 3.42
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.24%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 73.0%
Tuition $38,250

Overview

Overview

Reviews

Some two hours away from the nearest major urban center, Widener may feel far removed from the region’s major centers of education, but you’d never know it from the curriculum. Coursework can be challenging but rewarding, such as the “aggressive legal methods curriculum,” which is “designed to work in tandem with the core classes to help set the theory in a practical context.” When it comes to grading, “the curve at Widener is unusually strict and is a major cause for concern among new students,” even if “the material itself is entirely fair.” However, if the “numerous tools and resources” provided to students and the “extremely knowledgeable and very accessible” professors don’t help them overcome these obstacles, mentoring programs with upper level stu­dents and “practicing attorneys who have graduated from this school” will.In addition, the faculty here “seems to genuinely care about the welfare of the stu­dents,” led by professors who “truly make sure that students have every opportunity to excel. “ Indeed, the “passionate” professors at Widener are “the school's greatest asset,” a group who “strive to ensure that the students succeed both academically and profes­sionally.” This is helped out by the tools provided to students. Technology is embraced on campus. “Every classroom is equipped with smart boards, dry erase boards, and chalkboards, as well as overhead flat screen televisions to enable easier viewing for those sitting in the rear of the room.” The “exceptional” resources that are at your fingertips are a sign that “every avenue is used as a learning tool at Widener.”Students feel they have a voice in their education because the “very accessible and helpful” administration “welcomes new ideas” and “works hard to ensure that the ideas are heard,” making it “eminently clear how much the faculty cares about the academic and professional success of their students.” If there is a gripe, it is that the administration “seems to be oblivious to the state of the job market.” While educators do a good job of preparing students for job opportunities, “career services is not every helpful or good with informing students of opportunities for internships or for on campus groups.” “With such huge emphasis placed on trying to find internships and legal experience,” one student complains, “I feel as though the Career Development Office could use some work.” That said, “a lot of the frustration stems from a practicality beyond the CDO's control; there are many law students and not very many openings for them.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 115

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/M.S.L.S.(Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Library Sciences) (in conjunction with Clarion University of PA)-4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Environmental
  • Government Services

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 45
Full-Time Faculty 24
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 13
Faculty Gender 55% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 47% Male
53% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 85%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,250 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $38,250 $38,250

Financial Aid

98% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$45,370 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 15

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Widener University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 147 - 152
LSAT Part-Time 146 - 152
LSAT Total 147 - 152

Widener University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.91 - 3.41
Part-Time 2.78 - 3.52
Total 2.91 - 3.42

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#7 Most Competitive Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 82%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 10
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 73%
Average Starting Salary $62,250
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 19 21%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 7%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Business Industry 18 20%
Government 17 19%
Public Interest 3 3%
State Clerkship 9 10%
Academia 2 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 9 7%
Unemployed, Seeking 7 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NJ 9%
NY 10%
PA 70%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Widener University School of Law include:

  • Richard Alloway II, Class of '02 - Pennsylvania State Senator
  • Douglas J. Steinhardt, Class of '94 - Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC
  • Megan Totino Consedine, Class of '94 - Pennsylvania Ststae Senate Secretary and Parliamentarian
  • Michael J. Aiello, Class of '94 - Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Eugene DePasquale, class of '02 - Pennsylvania Auditor General

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