Pre-Professional Pathway

Pre-Law Program

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
  • 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.

Admissions Information

Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

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. 

Clubs & Organizations

Pre-Law majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus to expand their network, including the Pre-Law Society, and many more.

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.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Court reporter
  • Paralegal, Arbitrator

Industry Growth

Job outlook for legal occupations is projected to grow 9% by 2030 as governments, businesses, and individuals require diverse legal services.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Employers

  • Widener University Delaware Law School
  • Widener Law Commonwealth

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Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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