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Contact

  • Suzanne Mannes, PhD

    • Assistant Professor, Psychology
    • Pre-Law Advisor
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 340
    • tel: 610-499-1343
    • smannes@widener.edu

Pre-Law

Program Highlight

veronica vizzard in cap and gown at commencement

Veronica Vizzard, ’14, ‘17

Veronica Vizzard came to Widener as an undergraduate criminal justice major knowing she wanted to go to law school. Learn more about why she chose Widener and the unique advantages of Widener’s pre-law program.

Widener undergraduates with an interest in law are encouraged to begin exploring and preparing for the law school admissions process in their freshman year. 

They can become actively involved in the Pre-Law Society, which offers interactions with current and former law students, law school admissions officers, and law faculty teaching mock law classes. They prepare for the LSAT through coursework in the legal studies minor and free “mock LSAT” practice tests on the Main campus as well as both of Widener's law schools.

All Widener undergraduates are eligible for special admissions programs to its Delaware Law and Widener Law Commonwealth schools.

Common Majors for Pre-Law

If you are interested in Widener’s pre-law program, you have a range of undergraduate majors to choose from as there is no single major that prepares you for law school according to The Association of American Law Schools.

Widener’s pre-law advisors encourage students to choose from the following majors based on their personal interest.

All of these majors are intellectually challenging and will help you develop critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving, and communication skills, which are key to your law school success. Students can also pursue a minor in legal studies and analysis.    

Special Programs with Widener's Two Law Schools

Widener University has two ABA-approved law schools, Widener University Delaware Law School and Widener University Commonwealth Law School. Both law schools in partnership with Widener University offers options to Widener University undergraduates:  

3 + 3 Early Admissions Program

Widener University undergraduate students may earn both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor degree in six years instead of the usual seven years provided they:

  • Major in political science, history, English, psychology or fine arts through Widener’s College of Arts & Sciences
  • Complete 75 percent of their bachelor's degree requirements in three years
  • Submit a completed application to either Delaware Law School or Widener Law Commonwealth by April 1 of the calendar year in which they plan to begin law school.
  • Rank in the top 50th percentile of their class and/or attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate studies
  • Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the most recent entering class
  • Satisfy all admissions requirements relating to character and fitness at the law school you're applying to

Students attend Delaware Law or Widener Law Commonwealth in their fourth (senior) year of undergraduate study. Courses fulfill the students' remaining requirements to earn the bachelor’s degree. Students must attend law school on a full-time basis until they have completed their bachelor’s degree. At that time, they may elect to continue their legal studies on either a full- or part-time basis.

Express Admission Program

Widener undergraduates are guaranteed admission to either law school provided they:

  • Submit a completed law school application by April 1 of the calendar year in which they plan to begin law school.
  • Rank in the top 50 percent of their class and/or attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate studies
  • Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the most recent entering class
  • Satisfy all admissions requirements relating to character and fitness at the law school you're applying to