Suzanne Mannes, PhD
- Assistant Professor, Psychology
- Pre-Law Advisor
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 340
- tel: 610-499-1343
Academic Preparation, Pre-Law
Christopher Boggs, ’06, ‘09
“The professors and curriculum in the pre-law program prepared me extraordinarily well for the transition from college reading to reading court cases in law school."
Christopher started at Widener as a political science major and graduated from Widener Law Delaware. He is currently an assistant district attorney for the Delalware County Special Victims Unit.
Widener University provides several academic programs, professional advising, test preparation support, and extracurricular activities to assist students who wish to pursue a career in law.
These services are available to all undergraduate students, and most are provided without additional fees. Widener’s undergraduate pre-law services are coordinated by faculty with law-related teaching responsibilities and professional training in pre-law advising. Widener maintains membership in the National Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA).
Minor in Legal Studies and Analysis
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a minor in legal studies and analysis to assist students in preparing for the study of law. The legal studies and analysis minor includes courses that require the kinds of reading and analysis that are critical to success on the LSAT and in law school itself. Since most students will take the LSAT in June after the junior year, they should begin completing the courses in this minor, in consultation with a pre-law advisor, beginning in the second semester of their freshman year.
Internships and Career Preparation
Widener’s Career Services office in conjunction with the pre-law advisors and individual faculty in the major can assist students in choosing the best path to a career in law. The internship experience is invaluable in exposing students to the actual work of attorneys and other legal professionals such as paralegals, legal assistants, and courthouse staff. Recent interns have been placed with graduates of Widener’s undergraduate and law schools. Students can receive academic credit for internships.
Career Services and pre-law advisors can also assist students interested in identifying and preparing for legal careers other than those that require law school.
Test Preparation Support
Widener offers its students valuable LSAT test preparation support.
The Mock Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
The Mock LSAT helps students master this important exam. Based upon recent LSAT exams, the test is professionally scored so students gain valuable insight concerning their preparedness for the actual LSAT. The Mock LSAT is offered each semester on the Chester and Delaware campuses, and students may take it as often as they wish without charge.
LSAT Review Course
There are several excellent, nationally ranked test-preparation companies available to students. These can be expensive, however. Given sufficient interest, an LSAT review course is offered at Widener at a discounted rate. This course teaches the test-taking skills necessary to maximize the LSAT score and includes multiple practice exams. Individual tutoring at discounted rates is also available.