Widener Law School

General Info

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The Widener University School of Law is an ABA accredited program which operates on two campuses, one in Wilmington, Delaware, and the other in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Originally founded in 1971 as the Delaware Law School, the institution became affiliated with Widener University in 1975 and graduated its first class of 267 that year. The Harrisburg Campus was added to the School of Law in 1989.

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Widener Law School Admissions

Widener Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 65% of its applicants. Comparatively, Widener is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 914 585 (64.00%) 154 (16.8%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.74 3.09 3.44
LSAT 147 149 151

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $41,994 $41,994
Part Time $30,826 $30,826

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $20,666
  • Living off-campus: $20,666
  • Living at home: $14,132

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $60

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Widener Law School Community

Widener Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Widener is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 29
  • Part Time: 44


  • # Female Faculty: 38
  • # Minority Faculty: 10


15.7 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

Widener Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Widener Law School 1L section size is equal to law schools in Delaware and 52% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Widener Law School: 96
Delaware Average: 96
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 506
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 80

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 157
  • Law Journals: 119
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 37.3%
  • Second Year: 1.8%
  • Third Year: 0.7%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Widener Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Widener Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 91% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 97.8%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 39.0%
  • Business: 24.0%
  • Government: 13.0%
  • Public Interest: 1.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Pennsylvania: 46%
  • Delaware: 24%
  • New Jersey: 22%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 97.8%
  • First Time Takers: 228
  • Average School: 72.7%
  • Average State: 77.9%
  • Pass Difference: -5.3%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Pennsylvania: 80.9%
  • Passed: 95 of 135 (70.4%)
  • State Average: 77.9%
  • Difference: -10.5%