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Widener University School of Law

A legal education at Widener Law stands on three pillars-demanding academic programs that bring out the best in our students, a faculty of respected legal scholars and practitioners who are dedicated to teaching, and a focus on experiential learning that ensures our graduates understand how to apply the law as well as how to think about it. Widener Law's nationally recognized legal institutes and centers shape policy and theory in a number of legal fields and offer certificate programs. Part think-tank, part boot camp, these institutes give you the opportunity to tailor your legal education to your professional goals. You can further enhance your education by studying abroad or participating in pro bono or other public interest opportunities.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 811
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 148 - 153
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.85 - 3.44
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 87.65%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80.0%
Tuition $38,250

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About Widener University School of Law

A legal education at Widener Law stands on three pillars-demanding academic programs that bring out the best in our students, a faculty of respected legal scholars and practitioners who are dedicated to teaching, and a focus on experiential learning that ensures our graduates understand how to apply the law as well as how to think about it. Widener Law's nationally recognized legal institutes and centers shape policy and theory in a number of legal fields and offer certificate programs. Part think-tank, part boot camp, these institutes give you the opportunity to tailor your legal education to your professional goals. You can further enhance your education by studying abroad or participating in pro bono or other public interest opportunities.

Reviews

Widener University is “the only law school in Delaware”, and in this privileged posi­tion, offers unique “access to the Delaware legal community” and opportunities “to net­work with the corporate capital of the United States” or, some argue, “the world.” Widener builds its curricula in order to prepare students to maximize business law opportunities: “The greatest strengths this school offers are its encouragement of practical skills courses, such as judicial and clinical externships, its emphasis on legal research and writing, and its focus on business contracts drafting.”In fact, the university’s location near Wilmington offers portals to extracurriculars, internships, and jobs in “the Philadelphia, Delaware, NJ region” as well. Many non-tra­ditional students are attracted by Widener’s “availability of an evening program” and “relatively humane tuition”, in addition to the fact that “most of the professors aren't the 'Ivory Tower' type and try to keep things interesting.” Student opinions of the faculty, while mostly positive, are somewhat mixed overall: “It mostly has wonderful professors that are interesting and engaging,” but “The faculty varies from wildly overqualified to merely a heartbeat in the front of the room.” Despite the critics, many report that “Professors are willing to help and do anything they can to help you succeed,” and one student argues, “I have a graduate degree from an Ivy League university and the quality of my professors at Widener Law meet or exceed those at my prior institution.”“As for how the school is run, this place is a nightmare. Nothing is organized in an efficient way. The staff have been rude and not helpful to students.” Aspiring lawyers looking to compete are eager for Widener to improve job placement—“ the career devel­opment office sucks”—by doing more to raise its national ranking. “Administration of the school overall needs to improve, and to improve our school's reputation especially.” “It's pretty damaging in interviews to say you go to Widener when they're also interviewing grads from Penn, Villanova, etc.” That said, Dean Ammons gets positive mentions, despite “being somewhat of lightning rod”, for “positioning the school as a real regional option for those desiring a quality legal education.” Students name “availability [of] internships and externships” as a strength of the university, and tout the strong reputa­tion of the school in the local area along with the convenient nearby corporate centers that provide a wider breadth of experiences. Facilities are very unpopular, with students call­ing them “terrible” and “sub-par for the amount of tuition we pay”, though “all class­rooms are equipped with a smartboard, computer, etc.” Though student feedback about some facets is mixed, many students express the belief that, “Our administration really works with the students in order to promote a healthy educational environment.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 273

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/Psy.D (Juris Doctor/Doctorate of Psychology)-6 years; JD/MBA (Juris Doctor/ Masters of Business Administration)- 4 years; JD/MMP (Juris Doctor/ Master of Marine Policy); JD/MPH (Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health)- 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 103
Full-Time Faculty 52
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 40
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 80%
Multi-racial 1%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,250 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,521 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $48,771 $38,250

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$42,337 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 148 - 154
LSAT Part-Time 147 - 153
LSAT Total 148 - 153

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.95 - 3.5
Part-Time 2.64 - 3.26
Total 2.85 - 3.44

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 30
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 65 30%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 0%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 0%
Business Industry 59 27%
Government 26 12%
Public Interest 8 4%
Federal Clerkship 3 1%
State Clerkship 27 12%
Academia 2 1%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 10 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 23 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NJ 19%
DE 23%
PA 46%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Widener University School of Law include:

  • Raymond Batten, Class of '79 - Presiding Judge of General Equity Divisions for Atlantic and Cape May Counties, NJ
  • Vivian L. Rapposelli, Class of '93 - Delaware Superior Court Judge
  • Marc R. Abrams Class of '78 - Partner, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Cynthia Rhoades Ryan, Class of '79 - Chief Counsel, Natl Geospatial Intell Agency
  • Carl W. Battle, Class of '82 - Senior Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel Glaxo Smith Kline

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