Widener University School of Law

Admissions: Widener University

Fall 2009 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics
Total number of full- and part-time applicants 3,042
Total number of full- and part-time acceptances 1,649
Overall acceptance rate 54.2%
Total number of full- and part-time first-year students enrolled 566
Number of full-time program applicants 2,411
Number of full-time program acceptances 1,368
Full-time acceptance rate 56.7%
Number of first-year full-time students enrolled 392
Number of part-time program applicants 631
Number of part-time program acceptances 281
Part-time acceptance rate 44.5%
Number of first-year part-time students enrolled 174
Fall 2009 GPA and LSAT Scores
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 2.81-3.46
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 149-153
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for full-time students 2.82-3.44
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for full-time students 150-154
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for part-time students 2.81-3.54
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for part-time students 148-152

Careers: Widener University

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2008 administrations)
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar PA
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 88.0%
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 86.7%
Class of 2008 Graduates
Total graduates 395
Graduates employed at graduation 55.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 83.8%
Starting Salaries of 2008 Graduates Employed Full-time
25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $79,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $135,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 35%
Median public service starting salary $42,000
Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2008)
Percent employed in academia 2.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 19.5%
Percent employed in government 12.2%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 20.0%
Percent employed in law firms 42.3%
Percent employed in public interest 4.0%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%
Percent employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge 0.5%
2008 Graduates Employment Location
Graduates employed in-state 16%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 17
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.3%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 76.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.3%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 22.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.3%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.3%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.5%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.3%
Employment location unknown 0.0%
Career Services
(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations Through individual counseling sessions, the Career Development staff works with students through each phase of job search, self-assessment, and salary negotiations. On-campus recruiting for summer and permanent positions. Maintains online job board, coordinates 1L mentoring program, and participates in job fairs covering wide range of practice interests, such as public interest and corporate law.
Job Type
Bar admission required or anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 77.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 4.3%
Professional/other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 15.0%
Nonprofessional/other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 3.3%

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