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Widener University School of Law

Parent school Widener University
Established 1971
School type Private
Parent endowment $58,431,563
Dean Linda L. Ammons
Location Wilmington, Delaware & Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,
Enrollment 1,646

Widener University of Law

Widener University School of Law is the ABA accredited law school of Widener University. The school, founded in 1971 as the Delaware Law School, works on two of Widener's campuses, one in Wilmington, Delaware, and the additional 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 school's name was formally changed to Widener University School of Law in 1989 when the Harrisburg campus was added.

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The Delaware campus is situated north of Wilmington and has a student body of 1,100. It is situated on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus. The campus is an East Coast Center for the National Judicial College, hosting continuing legal education opportunities for the nation's judges.


The Harrisburg campus is situated minutes from the state capitol building and downtown Harrisburg. The school is home to the Widener Law & Government Institute, which specializes in the study and development of government law. It has a student body of 500 full time and part time students.


Widener provides a comprehensive legal education program with offering its students the opportunity to work on court cases through legal clinics. The clinics concentrate in environmental law, criminal defense, and civil law; which includes bankruptcy, family law, and legal assistance on veteran benefits cases. Another opportunity provided to its students is the Trial Advocacy Institute which offers an eight-day training program that teaches students how to behavior themselves properly in a courtroom trial.

In addition to legal clinics and the Trial Advocacy Institute, Widener offers certification in specialized fields of study. At the Delaware campus it offers special certification from the Health Law Institute, the Institute of Delaware Corporate Law, and Trial Advocacy Institute. At the Harrisburg campus special certification is available through the Law & Government Institute.

Both campuses offer a variety of pro-bono work or community outreach opportunities through the Public Interest Initiative on the Harrisburg campus or the Public Interest Resource Center on the Delaware campus. Students also have the opportunity to participate in extra and co-curricular activities such as Moot court, Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society, and three law reviews; The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, The Widener Law Journal, and The Widener Law Review.

Members of the faculty have published more than 40 articles and books in the past year.

Study abroad

Study abroad is offered through the Summer International Law Institute. There are 5 institutes available to students; Kenya, Switzerland, Italy, Australia and the most current addition of China. While abroad students sometimes have the aptitude to go out on internships with international organizations.


Juris Doctor degrees are presented through both the Delaware and Harrisburg campuses either full time or part time. Also available are specialty degrees varying per location. Available at the Delaware campus is the JD/MBA in Law and Business Administration and the J.D./Psy.D. in Law and Psychology. The Harrisburg campus has the J.D./M.S.L.S. program that allows students the opportunity to get both a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Library Science through a partnership with Clarion University.

Graduate degrees via the Delaware campus include Master of Laws in Corporate Law and Finance (LL.M.), Master of Laws in Health Law (LL.M.), Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.), Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law (M.J.), Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), and Doctor of Laws (D.L.). The graduate Health Law program has been ranked by the 2009 U.S. News & World report as one of the top ten graduate school programs in the nation.

Grading Curve

Widener's grading policy is self-described as thorough. Unlike most law schools, Widener's policy allows the standard grade for first-year courses to be set as low as 2.3, which equates to a grade point average between a "C" and a "C+." The average grade for upper level courses purports to be only slightly more lenient. This low grading curve has been the source of controversy for some students. According to a 2007 student survey conducted by the Princeton Review and sanctioned by the school, "Widener's C grading curve is also a source of frustration. Students be concerned that their curved grade point averages might not stack up to their competitors, 'causing us to lose out on job opportunities.'" In the same survey, students insist that the current grading policy needs some much needed reform.

Notable alumni

As of 2008, the School of Law has 12,408 living alumni.

* Kyle Bowser (1991 - Delaware campus), Los Angeles entertainment industry executive.
* Carl Danberg, Former attorney general for the State of Delaware
* Jon D. Fox (1975 - Delaware campus), Former Congressman (R-PA) earned his J.D.
* Patrick J. Murphy (1999 - Harrisburg campus), Congressman (D-PA) earned his J.D.
* Pat Quinn, former NHL Coach and General Manager.
* Cynthia R. Ryan (1979 - Delaware campus) General counsel to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
* John C. Sigler, former president of the National Rifle Association.
* Brian Tierney, former publisher of the The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.
* Terry Van Horne (J.D. 1993) Member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1981-2000.
* William Nettles, Current United States Attorney District of South Carolina.

Notable former faculty

Current U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. served as an adjunct Professor of Law, teaching a course in Constitutional theory from 1991 until his inauguration as Vice President in January 2009. He is currently on administrative leave.

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