We have received MANY questions about applying. There seems to be confusion about our preferred process so here’s the general idea:
- Create a portal account.
- Apply for free through law.widener.edu.
- Register for LSDAS. They collect your transcripts, letters of recommendation and LSAT scores.
- Pay for an LSDAS report.
- Your file is complete once we receive your application and LSDAS report. If you want to add anything else contact the Admissions Office to hold your file.
- Keep checking the portal at law.widener.edu. A decision will be available a few weeks after completing your file. Exceptions: wait listed candidates and Trial Admissions Program candidates, these applicants will receive a decision around March and April.
- If you apply through LSDAS after Dec. 31 you will be charged a $60 application fee! So skip the payment and apply here!
Hope that clarifies things! It may seem confusing but everything is streamlined by following these steps. Good luck and happy applying!
Widener Law prides itself in holistic file reviews. However, the four aspects that most influence the committee are:
- Undergraduate GPA
- LSAT score
- Personal Statement
- Letters of Recommendation
Your GPA and LSAT are very important to the Admissions Committee because they offer a relatively objective measurement of your skills. Make sure to work hard and prepare so you are at the most competitive spot possible. If you are not a good test taker, become one. Take prep courses, find a tutor and/or seek counseling if you suffer test anxiety. Law school is largely based on tests so start improving your skills now!
Your personal statement and letters of recommendation show the committee who you are and what you offer to the school. Personal statements should be concise and well formatted. Provide information on your work ethic, scholarly potential and any other traits that set you apart from the rest of the applicant pool.
Letters of recommendation should be detailed and well written. Develop an idea of what you would like a recommender to write about you and ask if the writer can meet your needs. If not, seek another recommender. Quality is more important than prestige. Do not use a recommendation just because of the writer’s reputation; always opt for the person who can write most positively about you.
I will hopefully go into more detail about each of these components in later blogs. For now, keep up your hard work and feel free to contact me with questions!