Pre-Professional Pathway

Pre-Law

Gain insider access to two Widener University law schools and prepare for a rewarding career in law through academic programs, professional advising, test preparation support, and extracurricular activities and societies.

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Program Overview

Curious about law school? You can begin exploring and preparing for the law school admissions process in your freshman year through the pre-law pathway.

You can choose from traditional pre-law majors such as political science or English, or start in a major of your interest and still continue on to law school. The Pre-Law Society offers interactions with current and former law students, law school admissions officers, and law faculty. You'll prepare for the LSAT through coursework in the legal studies and analysis minor and free “mock LSAT” practice tests on Widener's main and law school campuses.

All Widener undergraduates are eligible for special admissions programs to its Delaware Law and Widener Law Commonwealth schools. You'll be on the inside track to law school with the 3+3 Early Admissions, Legal Scholars, and Express Admissions Programs.

Program Options

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, offer options to 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 Admissions 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

Widener Legal Scholars Program

Under this pathway, Widener undergraduates in any major who meet certain criteria may qualify for admission to both the Delaware Law School and Widener Commonwealth Law without having to take the LSAT provided they:

  • Submit a completed law school application
  • Score at or above the 85th percentile on the SAT and have not taken the LSAT
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, or have a GPA in the top 10 percent of their class, through six semesters of study
  • Satisfy all law school admissions requirements relating to character and fitness
  • In addition, students admitted to Delaware Law School under this program will qualify for an annual scholarship, renewable for each succeeding year they are a full time law school student. For the 2017–2018 school year, the amount of this annual scholarship was $33,000. Students admitted to Widener Commonwealth Law School under this program will qualify for an annual scholarship, renewable for each succeeding year they are a full time law school student.

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 their 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.

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If you're 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.

Program Highlights

With not one but two ABA-approved law schools, Widener grants you unparalleled opportunities to explore law from your first day on campus.

Pre-Law Society

Join the pre-law society and meet practicing attorneys, LSAT-preparation specialists, and representatives from Widener's law schools including admissions professionals, students, and law faculty who routinely conduct mock classes. Excursions to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and the state capitol in Harrisburg, PA deepen your knowledge of law careers.

Test Preparation Support

You'll find invaluable support when it comes to preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Access individualized tutoring and take a nationally-ranked LSAT review course at a discounted rate. The Mock LSAT is offered each semester free of charge for you to take as many times as you'd like.

Internship and Career Placement Opportunities

The pre-law advisors can help you land internships with attorneys and other legal professionals such as paralegals, legal assistants, and courthouse staff, often for academic credit in majors such as political science or criminal justice. 

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

While preparing for your legal career, you'll have unparalleled access to not one, but two outstanding law schools: Widener University Delaware Law School — the only law school in the state, and Widener Law Commonwealth — located just minutes from the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Recent Graduate Programs and Law Schools

  • Widener University Delaware Law School
  • Widener Law Commonwealth

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Court reporter
  • Paralegal, Arbitrator

Industry Growth

Job outlook for legal occupations is projected to grow 9% from 2016-2026 as governments, businesses, and individuals require diverse legal services.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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