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Widener University Delaware Law School


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Contact Information

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803

Phone: 302.477.2703
Fax: 302.477.2224
Email: delawarelaw@widener.edu
Website: delawarelaw.widener.edu
ABA Data: delawarelaw.widener.edu/about/consumer-information

Widener University Delaware Law School is unique among American law schools. The only law school in Delaware, the nation’s corporate and business capital, Delaware Law School offers flexible schedules in day and evening divisions and extensive opportunities to gain practical experience in clinics, externships, and pro bono placements in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and throughout the region.

The rich curriculum is taught by a faculty committed to personal attention, and all students have abundant opportunities to gain feedback on written and oral work. The full-time faculty is supplemented by a distinguished group of adjuncts, including the senior justice on the Delaware Supreme Court, federal bankruptcy judges, and numerous lower court judges, as well as practicing attorneys from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

The school is a member of the AALS and is accredited by the ABA.

Library and Physical Facilities

The Legal Information Center houses one of the most significant legal collections in the region, exceeding 275,000 volumes. The library is a selective depository for United States government documents.

The attractive 34-acre campus is located in the heart of the beautiful Brandywine River Valley. The law building houses the Legal Information Center, state-of-the-art computer facilities, faculty offices, clinics, technologically enhanced classrooms, and three moot courtrooms.

Delaware Law School is one of very few law schools in the country that offers residential campus housing for JD students. Single-occupancy, fully furnished residence halls provide a convenient and comfortable living option for first-year students. Internet, cable, central air and heat, a refrigerator, and a microwave are included. Bathroom facilities, as well as kitchen and laundry rooms, are shared by residents on each wing. For students seeking a healthy lifestyle choice with no alcohol consumption, a wellness wing is available. For upper-level students, one- and two-bedroom townhomes are also available. All townhomes are fully furnished, cable-ready, air conditioned, equipped with a washer and dryer, and offer both Ethernet and wireless Internet access. Campus housing provides easy access to all classrooms and physical facilities, and students enjoy all the area has to offer from cultural and recreational activities to nearby retail and dining options. An exercise room, tennis and basketball courts, 24-hour security, and ample free parking are also provided. All campus housing is offered on a nine-month lease based on the academic calendar.

Special Programs and Institutes

Delaware Law School is a leader in developing a coordinated lawyering skills program, which includes clinical practice, externships, and pro bono placements.

Clinics are designed to permit students to represent actual clients before courts and administrative boards while under the supervision of the clinic director. Delaware Law School operates the fourth oldest environmental law clinic in the country, a veteran’s clinic, a Delaware civil clinic focusing on family matters, and a Pennsylvania criminal defense clinic. A large number of supervised externships permit students to work as lawyers-in-training with state and county government agencies and nonprofit organizations. An extensive judicial externship program places students with state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels in Washington, DC; Delaware; Maryland; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; and Virginia. A unique program allows top students to apply to clerk for justices of the Delaware Supreme Court.

The Public Interest Resource Center cultivates pro bono volunteer opportunities for students in public interest agencies and government offices throughout the region and offers counseling and guidance to students who seek careers in public interest law.

Delaware Law offers opportunities for specialized study in family health law and policy, business organizations, advocacy and technology, criminal law, and environmental law.

The Family Health Law & Policy Institute provides research, policy analysis, and specialty education dedicated to the reform of laws and policies relating to the intersections of families and their health, broadly construed. The institute offers extensive opportunities for experiential learning.

The Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law hosts the well-established Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition and sponsors the highly respected Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. It also sponsors a speakers series featuring justices and other corporate law luminaries.

The Taishoff Advocacy, Technology, and Public Service Institute provides extensive litigation skills training and cutting-edge experience in the role of emerging technologies in litigation.

The Global Environmental and Natural Resources Law Institute harnesses the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned faculty members to provide students with abundant opportunities to learn, practice, and conduct research in new areas, including toxic torts, climate change, and environmental constitutionalism.

Delaware Law School offers three joint-degree programs: JD/MBA with Widener University, JD/MPH with Thomas Jefferson University, and JD/MMP with the University of Delaware.

Student Activities

Students publish the prestigious Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and the Widener Law Review. Students also compete in intraschool, regional, and national interschool moot court and trial competitions and participate in myriad student organizations, ranging from athletic to affinity groups.

Admission

In reviewing applications to Delaware Law School, our admission committee takes a holistic approach. While there are no fixed admission criteria, committee members pay particular attention to the applicant’s LSAT score and undergraduate grade-point average. The admission committee also carefully considers an applicant’s personal statement. Graduate degrees, writing samples, extracurricular activities, and community and professional service may enhance the application. The law school encourages those with diverse backgrounds to apply.

Applications for admission must be received by May 15. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. The admission process is paperless. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted electronically via the Delaware Law School website or your LSAC.org account. All communications to applicants, including admission decisions, are provided electronically through the applicant’s online status check.

Each summer, Delaware Law School conducts the Trial Admissions Program (TAP) for a small number of carefully selected applicants who show potential for success in law school despite a relatively low score on the LSAT or a lower undergraduate grade-point average. TAP is a conditional admittance program. Participants who successfully complete the six-week program are offered admission to the fall entering class.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is committed to assisting students throughout the financial aid process. In addition to a generous scholarship program with awards offered at the time of admission, Delaware Law School awards a substantial amount of merit-based scholarships, and the opportunity to borrow through our low-interest-rate Institutional Loan Program, to students who academically excel in their first year of law school. Delaware Law School participates in all federal financial aid programs, including Federal Work-Study and the Federal Direct Loans programs.

Career Development

The Career Development Office is strongly committed to helping students obtain the positions that best suit their individual needs and ambitions. Delaware Law School’s employment statistics are evidence of its success in helping graduates find a niche in the contemporary job market. Delaware Law School alumni have become judges in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania; members of the legislature; partners in major regional law firms; hospital administrators; and legal educators.

Applicant Profile

Prior to 2016, Applicant Profile Grids contained data for fall applicants only. The grids now include applicants who were admitted for all terms in academic year 2016. By comparing your LSAT score and GPA with those of the admitted applicants whose data is reflected on this grid, you can get a general sense of your competitiveness at this school.

Note:

  1. Law schools consider many other factors beyond the LSAT score and GPA.
  2. The data in the grid is from a previous application year and may not reflect fluctuations in applicant volume that affect admission decisions.
  3. The data includes deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “admitted applicants who were granted a postponed enrollment for a subsequent term.”
  GPA    
LSAT
Score
3.75+
Apps
3.75+
Adm
3.50–
3.74 Apps
3.50–
3.74 Adm
3.25–
3.49 Apps
3.25–
3.49 Adm
3.00–
3.24 Apps
3.00–
3.24 Adm
2.75–
2.99 Apps
2.75–
2.99 Adm
2.50–
2.74 Apps
2.50–
2.74 Adm
2.25–
2.49 Apps
2.25–
2.49 Adm
2.00–
2.24 Apps
2.00–
2.24 Adm
Below 2.00
Apps
Below 2.00
Adm
No GPA
Apps
No GPA
Adm
Total
Apps
Total
Adm
175–180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
170–174 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
165–169 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
160–164 7 7 3 3 3 3 5 5 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 25 25
155–159 13 13 17 17 12 12 17 17 8 8 5 5 3 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 78 77
150–154 15 15 22 21 34 34 35 34 29 29 10 10 8 7 5 4 1 1 0 0 159 155
145–149 14 13 34 33 56 53 58 49 50 43 26 22 15 8 5 3 3 1 3 1 264 226
140–144 6 0 15 1 30 4 36 8 24 4 20 0 15 0 9 1 2 0 5 0 162 18
135–139 2 0 8 0 7 0 14 0 13 0 14 0 10 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 76 0
130–134 0 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 7 0 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 25 0
125–129 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
120–124 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 61 51 101 75 146 106 171 114 135 88 82 38 58 19 29 11 8 2 12 1 803 505

Apps = Number of Applicants
Adm = Number Admitted
Reflects 99% of the total applicant pool; highest LSAT data reported.

The grid includes applicants admitted based upon successful completion of our Trial Admissions Program, rather than upon their LSAT score and undergraduate grade-point average. Additionally, nonnumerical factors are considered for all applicants.