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What’s an Information Session?

October 19th, 2012 No comments

Widener Law hosts two information sessions per school year.  The next one is this Saturday, October 20 and we are excited to greet aspiring law students!  An information session is invaluable if you are interested in law school.  You can meet professors, students, and staff and get a feel for the school’s atmosphere.  Information Sessions may include:

  • Admissions presentation
  • Clinical opportunities
  • Tours of the law school
  • Financial Aid information
  • Career options
  • On and off campus housing

Visiting a school is essential before attending but it’s only one part of the process.  Make sure to do your research – how does a school match your interests?  What clinics are offered?  What electives are available?  Are there legal specialties?  What do faculty publish?  Do they participate in conferences?  Where do students intern?  What student organizations are available?  Can you live on campus?  Do you want to live on campus?  What is the cost of living?  What is tuition and what kind of financial aid is available?

The great thing about an information session is that you can visit and answer these questions all at the same time.  Meet a variety of people, network, and make sure the school you choose is in a geographical area you hope to practice and a place you feel welcomed for three (or maybe four) years.

Hope to see you at one of our Information Sessions!  The second one will be held January 5 from 10 am – 1 pm.  Email lawadmissions@widener.edu to register!

What do you think?  Have you attended an information session or open house?  Was it worth while?

What to Do During Your Law School Visit

August 17th, 2012 No comments

As we start a new school year, some of you may be scheduling campus visits as you apply.  Here’s a few suggestions to make the most out of a visit.

  • Do your homework first

I understand that some people prefer talking to someone rather than doing research.  But you give off a much better impression toAdmissions representatives if you visit a law school knowing the basics.  Research is a major aspect of law school after all, show that you are already savvy with it.  Take a look at Widener Law’s website before you stop by.  All of our application requirements and procedures are listed there.  Create an account through our portal and see what the process looks like.  Also, visit lsac.org for information about the LSAT and creating a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report.  These are the basic application procedures.

  •  You interview us, not the other way around

Widener Law does not interview applicants so do not consider a visit as an interview for Admission.  No, a campus visit will not sway the Committee’s decision.  We will gladly help improve your application but any requests for reconsideration or clarification should be submitted in writing (email or letter).

On the other hand, this is your opportunity to gauge whether Widener Law is a good fit for you.  Make a list of questions that you feel are important and ask them during your visit.  If anything is unclear, ask again!  We are here to give you a full picture of our programs and atmosphere.   About.com has a good list of questions to ask, but ask anything you want!  If your tour guide can’t answer a questions, then someone else probably can.  Feel free to request another contact for further information.

  •  When should you visit?

Widener Law welcomes visitors any time of the year.  But I usually suggest waiting until you receive a decision.  I recommend applying to a wide variety of law schools (if you can afford it).  After receiving piles of acceptances (hopefully), narrow down your most likely choices.  Then visit those schools.

  • Meet students, faculty, staff, etc.

Visit a class, request to meet a student, stop by our cafeteria (Crown Court) and stroll through the library on your own.  Make sure to meet as many people as you can to get an accurate picture of student life.  We regularly schedule class visits and have an active Student Ambassador group to answer your questions.  US News offers a great suggestion:

“During your visit, try not to let the awe-inspiring (or underwhelming) facilities distract you; stay focused on what really matters. While a grandiose library may be impressive, pay closer attention to how happy and collaborative the students are and how involved they are in the school and in extracurricular activities. Is there a sense of community, both within the law school and within the broader university?”

  • Don’t rush to judgement

Just as when you visited colleges (if you didn’t then, you should visit law schools now), don’t rush to judgement.  I was highly disillusioned with my college visit.  It was a dreary, rainy day.  The campus was enormous and overwhelming.  The food was barely edible.  The location was not exactly “happening”.  And I had trouble really seeing myself there.  Despite the visit, they had great programs and a good price so I chose that school anyway.  I had some of the best years of my life there and I would choose that school again – I’m glad I didn’t rush to judgement!  Sometimes visits don’t give an accurate picture of three or four years worth of education.  Weigh your options.  We all have bad days, classes are not always lively and interesting, and rainy days happen.  Remember what’s important and take visits into account along with the bigger picture.

  • Now you’re ready to stop by!  

I hope you can all take a look at both the Harrisburg and Delaware campuses.  They both offer more than just a building, it’s an entire community.  For the full experience, call 717-541-3903 to visit the Harrisburg campus or 302-477-2100 to visit the Delaware campus or email lawadmissions@widener.edu.  Further details are available on our website.

What do you think?  What additional advice can you offer?  Comment below!

Seat Deposit Time!

March 22nd, 2010 2 comments

As decisions roll in, you may find seat deposit deadlines approaching.  How will you decide on a school?

- Visit the law schools on your short list. Sometimes you will just know you’re at the right place during your tour, so make sure to bring your seat deposit with you in case you want to save your seat right away!

- Talk to students.  Visit a class. Meet graduates. These are all ways to gauge the culture and atmosphere of a law school. Do you feel engaged and understood? These are signs that you’re in the right place.  Also, research your interests in relation to the law school’s offerings.  Are graduates employed in your area of interest?  Where do they work?  Where do students intern?  What is the first year curriculum?  What is the law school’s mission statement?

- Walk around the surrounding areas. Our Visitor’s Center offers information about both Harrisburg and Wilmington.  There’s a wealth of opportunity in both cities!  How do you feel in the area?  Can you see yourself practicing nearby?  Although many graduates move far from their alma mater, most stay regionally.

- Keep track of deadlines. Widener Law will release your seat if your deposit isn’t received on time, so stay organized! Make sure to contact the Admissions Office if you encounter any delays or problems.

When in doubt, contact Admissions and we will refer you accordingly.

Mid-Semester Crunch

November 17th, 2009 No comments

Being a student and working in higher education, I know what you’re all going through.  Midterms, finals and projects are creeping up on you as applications are put on hold.  I understand!  Keep in mind, however, that our application can be easily completed online in just a few minutes.  Visit https://law.widener.edu/Admissions/Portal/CreateYourAccount.aspx to start the process.  You can save your application and return at a later date if you’re really crunched on time.  And the best part – the application is free!

Fortunately, we have Thanksgiving approaching for a break.  This is a great season for campus visits so please call to schedule a tour.  We are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10  am to 4 pm.  Tours typically last about half an hour.  You can also schedule a class visit which are typically around an hour.  Call 1-888-WIDENER or email me, asdelpuerto@mail.widener.edu, for more information.

Good luck and please don’t hesitate to e-mail me with questions!