3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Program with Widener Commonwealth Law School
State System students are eligible to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree in six years, instead of the usual seven. State System students must:
- Complete 75 percent of their bachelor’s degree requirements and obtain prior approval from their home institution to use course credits earned at Widener Law Commonwealth for their remaining degree requirements;
- Attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher the semester prior to applying to Widener Law Commonwealth;
- Submit a completed application no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal studies. (Students who apply after April 1 will be considered on a space available basis.);
- Submit required letters of recommendation and a personal statement; and
- Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.
Attendance at Widener Law Commonwealth will fulfill the student’s remaining requirements to earn the appropriate bachelor’s degree. Students must attend on a full-time basis for the first year or until they receive their bachelor’s degree. At that time, they may elect to continue on either a full-time basis or part-time basis. The bachelor’s degree will be awarded from the State System university and the JD from Widener Law.
Students who are admitted to the Express Admissions Program or the 3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Degree Program are eligible for Dixon Scholarships. Widener Law Commonwealth may award up to four scholarships annually to each of the 14 State System universities.
Students receiving scholarships will be designated Dixon Scholars in recognition of the contributions to higher education in Pennsylvania of F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Scholarships apply to fall and spring semesters only.