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Widener University (School of Law)




Widener University School of Law operates a number of clinics that make an enormous difference in the quality of life for many people and that play a vital role in the fabric of the community. As a Widener law student, you will develop critical skills while helping people who would not otherwise have access to legal counsel. For
example, students in the Delaware Civil Law Clinic help battered women and children escape from violent situations and begin new lives in safe environments. Whether you are interested in civil, criminal, or environmental law, you will have an opportunity to further your practical knowledge and legal skills in one of our six clinics.

At Widener, we value leadership development. The School of Law will help you enhance leadership skills that will serve you well whether you decide to pursue a career in the law, enter the corporate world, serve the government, or take a leadership position in your religious organization, school board, or community.

Faculty members are experienced lawyers and excellent classroom teachers who care about your success. They are genuine experts in their fields, publishing articles in leading law journals and writing
books used in other law schools and treatises used by students and practicing lawyers. Faculty members spend significant time with students to ensure their continued learning. Whether working alongside faculty in our clinical and trial programs, representing us in interschool moot court competitions, writing for our excellent law journals, or interning with judges and government agencies, Widener students are building a strong foundation for their futures.

The Delaware Campus is located five miles from Wilmington, the heart of America’s “corporate capital.” Delaware’s prestigious corporate practice environment and the national reputation of its courts provide a
wealth of enriching externship and employment
opportunities for Widener students.
The campus is situated in the middle of the eastern metropolitan corridor near Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Washington, D.C., which offers students a rich diversity of career options.

The Law School curriculum is designed to ensure the development of a fundamentalunderstanding of the law and of the legal process. Students may focus their studies on a particular area of law by selecting elective
courses suited to their professional interests.
Students must complete 87 semester hours of coursework to receive the Juris Doctor degree.

In addition to providing a broad curriculum and abundant elective course selections, the Widener University School of Law is committed to teaching students the best possible legal writing, research, and analysis
skills to solve legal problems. The Legal Methods Program provides students with the tools to develop their legal analysis and research skills and to adapt their existing writing skills to meet the demands of legal practice.

Academic support is an integral part of the curriculum at Widener. In the fall semester of the first year, all students attend classes and workshops on study and exam techniques. In the spring semester, students
are invited to participate in a seven-week workshop series in which they take practice exams and work with a tutor to hone their examination skills. In the upper division years, students whose cumulative GPA is
below 2.3 take a special course in intensive legal analysis, providing further opportunities to improve their skills and academic performance.

Each campus of the Widener University School of Law offers a part-time Extended Division Program, usually completed in four years, as well as a traditional full-time
Regular Division Program, usually completed in three years. For many working professionals or individuals with family responsibilities, the part-time evening program provides a financially feasible and flexible way
to attend law school while maintaining work and family obligations. Evening students receive the same comprehensive legal education as that offered in the full-time program. Additionally, for parents with
school-age children and for those who work nights, a part-time day program is available. In the part-time programs, fellow students bring the unique perspectives of their working and personal lives into the classroom,
enriching and enhancing the law school experience for everyone.

The opportunity to transfer between divisions offers added flexibility for full-time students as well. Some transfer to part-time status to accept full-time law-related jobs and enhance their careers. Others seek fulltime employment to help defray unexpected
economic challenges and the transfer to part-time status enables them to continue their legal education. This is an important advantage because ABA rules prohibit fulltime
students from working more than 20 hours per week.

Lawyering is a profession historically based upon apprenticeships. Widener recognizes the importance of the learning that takes place outside of the classroom and offers its students ample opportunities to delve into
the practice of law through clinical and externship programs. Students in these programs develop the practical skills necessary to represent clients, work with opposing counsel, and appear before judges, while also
serving community legal needs. Students earn academic credit by meeting criteria in the following clinical programs:

* Delaware Civil Law Clinic : Students represent
clients in a variety of domestic violence cases, landlord/tenant disputes, probate issues, divorces, unemployment compensation hearings, and related civil litigation matters.

* Environmental Law and Natural Resources Clinic : Students represent public interest groups in a variety of environmental matters.

* Pennsylvania Civil Law Clinic : Students represent
clients in family law and consumer bankruptcy matters.

* Veterans Assistance Program : Students represent
disabled veterans and/or their dependents before the Department of Veterans Affairs and those Article I and Article III Federal Courts that handle veteran matters.

* Externship Program : The School of Law also offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit while
developing practical skills by working with practicing attorneys and judges in externship programs. Second and third year legal externship opportunities include work with state and local prosecuting attorneys,
public defenders, legal services, and government
agency offices. Judicial externs provide legal research and drafting services to judges while receiving a firsthand opportunity to observe the workings of our courts and judicial system.

The Widener University School of Law selects its faculty members based upon their outstanding teaching and scholarly achievements and their practical experience in the private and public sectors. When you come to Widener, you will find a faculty composed
of former prosecutors, public defenders, and
attorneys who have practiced in many areas of law. These professors have left their law offices but have not shut themselves off from the practice of law. They advise state and federal court systems, state legislatures, the United States Congress, local bar associations, and international organizations.

They testify before Congress, edit scholarly journals, and consult in major litigation. Many faculty members are nationally and internationally known in specialty areas such as corporate, health, international, labor,
constitutional, administrative, and environmental law, and address audiences across the country and around the globe. Widener professors convey their energy, enthusiasm, and expertise to their students.

Widener’s full-time faculty is further strengthened by visiting professors from other institutions, as well as adjunct faculty drawn from the judiciary, state government, and private practice. This combination of
academic and practical experience ensures a
high-quality, meaningful law school education for each student.

Perhaps the greatest resource Widener offers its students is the accessibility of its faculty. Widener professors maintain an open-door policy and encourage students to turn to them for individual assistance, both
academically and professionally. The small student-
to-faculty ratio encourages students and faculty to know one another and participate freely in the exchange of ideas.

In recognition of the professional advantages gained through concentrated study, the Widener faculty has adopted certificate programs in Health Law, Law and Government, Business Organizations Law, and Trial
Advocacy. Although these concentrations have been formalized within the last five years, the courses, activities, and opportunities they provide have been part of Widener and its curriculum for many years; indeed,
some have existed since the inception of the Law School.

Widener’s Health Law Institute has received national recognition for the excellence of its programs and ranks consistently among the top ten health law programs in national surveys. The Health Law Institute offers J.D. students the opportunity to develop expertise in the area of health law through participation in the health law concentration. Successful participation leads to the award of a Health Law Certificate upon graduation.
The institute offers invaluable experience through advanced course work, externships in the region’s health care organizations and graduate LL.M., S.J.D., D.L., and M.J. degrees in health law for those seeking
advanced training. Special programs, lecture series, and symposia are offered regularly, and institute faculty are active in health law lecturing, consulting, and other
professional activities.

Widener’s Delaware Campus is an ideal location for the study of corporate law. Wilmington, Delaware, is
referred to as the “Corporate Capital of America” because a large number of national and international businesses are incorporated under the laws of Delaware.
The Institute of Delaware Corporate Law provides a formal concentration of study for the diverse activities and educational opportunities Widener offers in the
area of Delaware corporate law. The Institute of Delaware Corporate Law offers J.D. students the opportunity to develop a fundamental knowledge of business law through participation in the business organizations law concentration that leads to the
award of a Business Organizations Law Certificate
upon graduation.

Widener’s Trial Advocacy Institute offers trial skills courses that follow the legal process from beginning to end: from initial client interview to summation before a jury. The pre-trial methods course teaches students how to gather and evaluate information, make discovery requests, prepare pre-trial motions, and conduct settlement conferences. The trial methods course covers such areas as opening statements, closing
arguments, and examination of friendly and hostile witnesses. Widener also offers a wide variety of specialized courses and seminars that cover individual subjects in exhaustive detail and a unique, nationally recognized intensive Trial Advocacy Program.

The Widener University School of Law Legal Information Center houses one of the most significant legal collections in the region, with over 600,000 volumes on the Harrisburg and Delaware Campuses combined.
The collection includes statutes and reporters for the fifty states, as well as federal statutes and reporters. The library also has an extensive collection of legal
periodicals, administrative agency decisions, looseleaf services, and treatises, and is continually expanding to keep up with new and developing areas of the law. In addition, the library is a selective depository for United
States government documents.

Students at Widener participate in a wide range of extra- and co-curricular as well as public service activities, experiencing law school beyond the classroom. Through involvement in student-run organizations, Widener students enhance their educational experience and demonstrate that they are
committed to both their law school and their community.



School name:Widener UniversitySchool of Law
Address:4601 Concord Pike
Zip & city:DE 19803-0474 Delaware
Phone:302-477-2162
Web:http://www.law.widener.edu
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