Widener University Delaware Law School

Widener University Delaware Law School

About

Widener University Delaware Law School is a vibrant community with a diverse student body in both full and part-time programs, a distinguished faculty, and a dedicated staff.

 

Nearly 12,000 alumni practice locally and throughout the world; among them are current and past presidents of the Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey bar associations and more than 150 sitting judges, including one sitting Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

 

 

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Campus Events and Activities

Campus events and activities

Widener University hosts several events and recreational activities year-round for students to socialize, shop and have fun. Popular activities include:

 
 

* Welcome Back Bash - an event for students at the beginning of the year

* Homecoming Weekend with golf cart float parade

*Pride Nights - play laser tag, face painting and more at University Center

*Karaoke-style songfest

*Pie-eating contest

* Greek Week

* Spring Fling

* Art shows and exhibits at the Widener Art Gallery

* Philadelphia Speakers lecture series 

* Italian Cinema Night with monthly screenings

* TGIS (Thank God It's Saturday) - free shuttle to shopping at Granite Run Mall.

 

Honor societies, journals, and organizations

With a wide range of student organizations and activities at Delaware Law, you can choose how you want to get involved. If you have an interest that is not covered by the organizations below, you are welcome to create a new one.
 

Law Reviews

Legal research and writing are important parts of any successful legal career. You can perfect those skills by working on the prestigious Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, the Widener Law Review, or the online Widener Journal of Law, Economics, and Race.

 

Moot Court Honor Society

Students who demonstrate exceptional oral and written advocacy skills can take part in the Moot Court Honor Society. As a member, you can earn academic credit for a variety of Moot Court activities, including participation in interscholastic competitions, while learning the ins and outs of oral advocacy and brief writing.

 

Moe Levine Trial Team

The Moe Levine Trial Team offers professional training for students who demonstrate the desire and academic prowess to become trial attorneys. Members can participate in training sessions and workshops as well as compete against fellow Widener Law students and represent the School through interscholastic trial competitions.

The Transactional Law Honor Society

The Transactional Law Honor Society gives students the chance to hone the practical skills needed for transactional law work. Students have the opportunity to enhance their negotiation skills and learn how to draft and interpret business documents. The Transactional Law Honor Society trains its members through workshops and lectures on the intricacies of business law and practice, and some participants are selected to participate in the regional Transactional LawMeet.

 

Student Organizations

 

Programs for Foreign-trained Attorneys

Delaware Law welcomes foreign-trained lawyers. In fact, our LLM programs attract students from around the world. In recent years, we have enrolled students from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America in addition to students from North America. Diversity brings a tremendous range of knowledge to our program and has greatly enriched the educational experiences of faculty and students.

 

Our curriculum, which is specially designed to meet the needs of foreign students, is available to foreign students and to US citizens who received their legal training abroad. Specialized courses like LLM American Legal Studies and LLM Legal Research, Writing, & Analysis, provide students with a basic background on the US legal system, legal research and writing, and other topics designed to enhance student performance in other classes.

 

We offer an LLM in Corporate Law and Finance and also a General LLM with the option of several different specialized concentrations, such as: American Legal Studies, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, International and Business Law, Corporate Law Regulatory Analysis & Compliance, Health Law Regulatory Analysis & Compliance, Global Compliance & Ethics (Health Law or Corporate Law focus), and Higher Education Compliance.

 

We are also willing to customize schedules for those who seek to qualify for a state bar examination while simultaneously completing the LLM in Corporate Law and Finance. Interested students should contact the graduate programs director. Any student planning to sit for a bar examination bears the sole responsibility for contacting the relevant state board of examiners to learn that state’s specific course requirements.

 

Learn more about our LLM in Corporate Law and Finance and our General LLM concentrations.

LL.M in Corporate Law & Finance

With more than one million companies incorporated in Delaware, there is no better place to pursue a master of laws in corporate law and finance than Delaware Law. Our location in Wilmington – often referred to as the “Corporate Capital of America” – gives you a front-row seat to courts and law firms on the leading edge of corporate law.

 

Offered through our Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, the LLM in corporate law and finance is designed to prepare you for a successful future in today’s fast-paced global marketplace.

 

The master of laws in corporate law and finance degree is open to U.S. attorneys, as well as foreign-trained attorneys, which brings diversity and opportunity for career growth by establishing relationships with colleagues from around the world.

 

Degree Requirements for U.S. Attorneys

To earn a LLM in corporate law and finance, students must complete 24 semester hours of coursework at the graduate level, in corporate-related areas like commercial law, business acquisitions, or intellectual property. Graduate courses in corporate law and finance are worth between two and four semester hours of credit. At least 18 of the 24 semester hours must be completed in residence at Delaware Law, although students may complete this residence requirement as either a full-time or part-time student. Students may also earn graduate credit through one of the law school’s study abroad opportunities.

 

In order to qualify for the LLM, students must complete all program requirements within four years from the date of matriculation..

 

Required courses for graduates of ABA-approved law schools:

  • Business Organizations
  • Business Principles
  • Securities Regulation
  • Colloquium or Seminar: Advanced Corporations

 

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General LL.M Programs

The general master of laws (LLM) at Delaware Law is designed for attorneys from the U.S. and abroad who seek to expand their knowledge in a specialized area of current practice—or who want to develop a new area of legal expertise. The program welcomes graduates of American JD programs as well as international students who have completed a degree in law from a qualifying non-U.S. law school.

 

Delaware Law offers a general master of laws program with several unique concentrations from which to choose. The general master of laws program is designed for attorneys from the U.S. and abroad who seek in-depth training in their current specialized area of practice—or those who want to develop a new area of legal expertise. We offer several concentrations, some of which are available in an online format.

 

Students who choose to complete a general master of laws program at Delaware Law School in a seated class format, may enjoy campus life with our on-campus housing, access to exercise facilities, involvement in student clubs, and the opportunity to visit local courthouses and government.

 

We are pleased to offer some of our general master of laws programs in an online format. A qualified student from anywhere in the world with a high speed Internet connection can now earn an LLM entirely online from Delaware Law. Our online LLM programs are ideally suited for business lawyers and law graduates from around the world who are currently engaged in or interested in a business law career within government, industry, or private practice, and who wish to advance their expertise in several specialized concentrations without the expense or disruption of relocating to the United States for a traditional on-campus program. Please note, however, that the LLM programs that are offered entirely online will not by themselves permit the graduate to take a bar examination in the United States.

 

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Widener University

Widener University is a nationally-recognized, private university where academics, leadership, and service matter.

 

Founded in 1821, Widener is among the nation’s top universities for civic engagement.

 

We offer liberal arts and sciences and professional programs leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

 

We have a long history of turning out leaders with a formula that works. At Widener, we believe that academic excellence, career preparation, and civic engagement lead to success.

 

Our close-knit community includes top-notch teachers, nationally renowned researchers, and students from 22 states and 26 countries who are passionate about learning, leadership, and making a difference.

 

When they are not engaged in experiential learning assignments, our students and faculty members lend a hand through community service projects in our hometown of Chester and in communities around the world.

 

In addition, with Philadelphia only 20 minutes away, we have a living laboratory where students earn practicalexperience through internships and co-op opportunities

 

Our beautiful 110-acre main campus in Chester is a great place to live, study, and have fun, and we have satellite campuses in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and in Wilmington, Delaware, too.

Delaware Law School

Since 1975, when our first class graduated, Delaware Law School has been a trusted resource in Delaware and throughout the region. We have educated nearly 12,000 alumni, many of whom have risen to positions of leadership on the bench and in the bar. They include current and past presidents of the Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia bar associations; and more than 150 sitting judges, including one sitting Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.  We are Delaware's only law school, but we are not only Delaware's Law School.

 

In addition to conducting energizing classroom discussions, our faculty is known for scholarship, and their work is frequently cited nationally and internationally. These influential contributions are often collaborative, involving jurists, practitioners, and our students and alumni. They tackle interesting issues with innovative approaches, understanding that the law is an ever-evolving body of work that must meet the challenges of each new generation.

 

The only law school in the state, Delaware Law School is enmeshed in Delaware's unique legal culture which prizes civility and respect within the bench and bar. Delaware's preeminence in corporate law, bankruptcy, and intellectual property, combined with the Law School's influential presence in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, give students abundant opportunities for clerkships, externships, pro bono experiences, and permanent employment after graduation.

We emphasize applied learning and community engagement with a new curriculum and pedagogical model that gives every student frequent opportunities for expression and feedback. Our distinctive experiential and interdisciplinary signature programs give students additional opportunities to specialize in corporate law, environmental law, family and health law, and advocacy. We emphasize the tools students need to do what lawyers do best: help those who face legal challenges needing practical solutions.  We lead in public service, professional training, and continuing legal education.  We teach with purpose to make a real difference for our students, our alumni, and our extended legal community.

Professional Opportunities

By the time you graduate, you will have developed deep knowledge and valuable practical skills in corporate law, family and health law, environmental law, criminal advocacy, or any number of other practice areas. Your professional prospects will expand when you connect with networks of alumni and friends throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and elsewhere.

Location, Location, Location

Our Delaware campus is situated along the northeast corridor between Washington and New York. We are located just five miles from Wilmington, America’s “corporate capital”—the perfect place to focus on corporate and business law, intellectual property law, and business bankruptcy law. The prestigious courts in Delaware, combined with a thriving corporate practice environment, provide a range of opportunities for legal externships and employment, including an opportunity for select students to clerk for justices of the Delaware Supreme Court.

Cultural Offerings

Situated in the Brandywine River Valley, Delaware Law is close to a number of well-known cultural attractions, including Longwood Gardens, the Winterthur Museum, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the Wilmington Grand Opera House. Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are easily accessible. Philadelphia offers a number of historic and cultural attractions, including Independence Hall, the Barnes Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Franklin Institute. Baltimore is also popular, with its charming neighborhoods and the Inner Harbor’s National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center.

Recreational Choices

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will love Delaware. Our state offers thousands of acres of parkland for fishing, boating, and hiking, plus miles of exceptional beaches. With no sales tax, shopping is always a bargain in Delaware, and the state also boasts a tempting restaurant scene. Both Philadelphia and Baltimore provide dazzling nightlife, top-notch concerts, and a host of professional sports teams, including Philadelphia’s Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers, as well as Baltimore’s Ravens and Orioles.

 

Diversity & Inclusion

At Delaware Law, knowledge comes from many sources. You will be immersed in a learning environment that welcomes diversity and considers a wide range of perspectives to be one of the school’s strengths. You will learn from a diverse faculty and a student community that appreciates intellectual curiosity and respects different points of view.

 

We value the interests and abilities that each student brings to our law school, the profession, and the broader society. To further demonstrate our commitment to diversity, Delaware Law supports the Law School Admission Council’s DiscoverLaw.org campaign and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity. Both initiatives seek to make a legal education more accessible for all students. We also offer a welcoming environment for first-generation law students.

 

Diversity Defined

Our Office of Multicultural Affairs defines diversity very broadly in supporting students who self-identify across a broad spectrum:

 

  • age
  • culture
  • ethnicity/race
  • first-generation college educated
  • gender
  • religion
  • sexual Identity/orientation
  • socioeconomic status

 

The Delaware Law Student Bar Association supports this goal by sponsoring organizations that encourage a diverse student body.

 

VETERANS RESOURCES

Widener Law offers a welcoming environment for men and women who have served or are currently serving in any branch of the United States armed forces.

 

Delaware Law provides personal and academic support, and guidance during the admissions and financial aid processes.

 

Delaware Law participates with educational benefit programs offered through the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9-11 Bill benefit programs are available to qualified veterans for attendance at Delaware Law. The school has also committed to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, offering matching tuition assistance for up to ten J.D. students on each School of Law campus.

 

The Registrar's Office on your campus is the VA certifying official that can complete the VA required paperwork. Students will want to follow the enrollment checklist to assure all necessary paperwork has been received and completed for each academic year.

Summer Law Programs

Advance Your Legal Expertise

Delaware Law School invites applicants to its Summer Law Programs for foreign-trained law students and practitioners.  Through our four-week immersion programs, you will experience an introduction to U.S. legal systems, corporate law, human rights, environmental rights, anti-money laundering, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and more. These programs offer you an educational and cultural experience in the “Corporate Capital of the U.S.” Attendees receive a strong foundation for continuing their education in a variety of graduate programs.

 

Delaware Law Summer Programs offer students and practitioner’s instruction through interactive lectures, visits to regional landmarks and collaboration with legal experts and scholars. With excursions to meet judges at local courthouses, travel to Washington D.C. and the United Nations in New York City, these educational and recreational opportunities offer students an exciting legal experience!

At a Glance

* When: Four – week immersions in June, July, and August
* Where: Delaware Law School, Wilmington, Delaware
* Who: Foreign-trained law students and practitioners
* Cost: $4,500 including housing; group discounts for eight or more
* Contact: delawarelawGICLS@widener.edu or +1-302-477-2704.

 

Learn More and link the learn more to https://delawarelaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/graduate-programs/summer-programs/

ABA Required Disclosures

General consumer information in compliance with the Student Consumer Information Regulations of the US Department of Education and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) can be found on the consumer information page of the Widener University website.

 

The following additional information is provided to law students and applicants to provide accurate and complete data about Delaware Law in compliance with ABA Standard 509:

 

1. Admissions data

2. Tuition and feesliving costsfinancial aidconditional scholarships, and tuition or federal aid refunds

3. Enrollment data and attrition/graduation rates (pdf)

4. Number of full-time and part-time faculty and administrators (pdf)

5. Curricular offeringsacademic calendar, and academic requirements for three-year and four-year programs

6. Library resources

7. Facilities

8. Employment outcomes and bar passage data (pdf)

9. Transfer credit criteria

10. List of institutions with which the law school has established an articulation agreement

 

Delaware Law is ABA approved: Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago IL 60654. Phone: 312-988-6738.

 

Download a list of available state education agencies for consumer complaints (pdf).

 

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APPLICATION PROCESS

Choose from two options:
Option 1: Apply through Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) LLM Credential Assembly Service

Option 2: Apply directly to Widener Law Delaware by downloading the Application Form (pdf) and submitting it, along with the required application materials listed below, via email to DelawareLawGICLS@widener.edu, fax to 302-477-2067, or standard mail to:

 

Delaware Law School
Graduate Programs Office
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0474

 

Items 1 through 6 are required from all LLM:

  1. Application & Application Fee
    A completed application and $60.00 non-refundable application fee, payable to Delaware Law School
  2. Official Transcripts
    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  3. Resume
    The applicant must submit a resume. There is no page limit.
  4. Personal Statement
    The applicant is required to submit a 2-page word statement of educational and professional goals, double-spaced, that will serve as both a statement of purpose and a writing sample. The thoughts and words of the statement must be uniquely those of the applicant. With the exception of basic proofreading, no other(s) may assist in the creation of this statement.
  5. Letters of Recommendation
    The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic and professional potential. Letters of recommendation must identify you as an LLM.
  6. English Proficiency
    LL.M:For applicants whose first language is not English, current TOEFL or IELTS scores showing sufficient proficiency in the English language is required. Delaware Law requires a score over 83 on the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL, or a score of over 6.5 on the IELTS to be competitive for admission to the program. Applicants must have taken the TOEFL or IELTS within two years of submitting their application. For applicants who do not meet these requirements.
    Applicants requesting an English Proficiency waiver must complete the English Language Proficiency Test Waiver form (pdf).
Additional Information and Requirements for International applicants

If seeking F-1 immigration status, the international applicant must submit a Financial Documentation form (pdf). Immigration documents required for international students studying full time in the U.S. will not be issued until the student has completed the form.

 

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE

2018-2019 COST OF ATTENDANCE:

 

LLM and Dual Degree JD Programs will have a COA calculated based on the following components and expected per credit enrollment for fall/spring. Tuition is charged on a per credits basis and is $1,578/credit for JD/LLM classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Off Campus

Commuter (Living With)

 

Books

$155 per course

$155 per course

 

Room & Board*

$12,312

$4,500

 

Personal Expense

$3,366

$3,582

 

Transportation

$2,916

$3,105

 

Fees**

$230

$230

 

Loan Fees***

$1,395

$1,395

 

*The Delaware Campus has residence halls for graduate students.
**Fees include: Student Activity fee, Graduate Technology fee and Examsoft fee
***These fees apply only to students receiving financial aid loans.

Additionally, all international students are required to purchase the University medical insurance which averages $1,720.

 

DEPENDENT COSTS

 

If you plan to bring a spouse and/or children, there are additional amounts that you must show. Note that F-2 dependents cannot work.

 

Component

Spouse

per Child

Living Expenses

$6,090

$4,060

Medical Insurance*

$3,619

$2,320

TOTAL

$9,709

$6,380

 

 

*  The amounts listed are the prices for purchasing the University medical insurance for dependents. Students are not required to purchase the University insurance for their family members, but it is strongly advised that students provide comprehensive medical coverage for their family members. Therefore, the cost is included in the overall amount required for dependents.

 

In addition to tuition costs, students must have money to cover living expenses such as rent, food, books, health insurance, and other costs, and fund their travel to Delaware. We recommend that students budget $50,000 if they wish to complete the program in one academic year.

 

Scholarships are available.

 

Individual budgets may be altered to account for unusual or emergency situations that a student may encounter. These adjustments can only be made for expenses necessary for the student’s education. The student must fully document (copies of bills and detailed budget plan) any request for an increase in expenses.

A Message From Some Students on The Delaware Campus: Widener Law

Music & Theater Arts

Widener University has a lively performing arts scene with several student groups catering to musical and theatrical interests:

Music Groups 

- Wind Ensemble 
- Jazz Ensemble
-Brass Ensemble 
-String Chamber Ensemble
-Pep Band Ensemble
-Pep Band
-Gospel Choir
- widener Chorale 

Theater Groups:

- Theater Widener puts on a regular program of significant plays for the entertainment of the Widener community


- FreshBaked Theater Co-Widener student ensemble producing inventive theater for audiences of all ages