New Partnership Puts Westminster Law Students on Fast Track

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College has established a partnership with Widener University Commonwealth Law School to offer its students an accelerated path toward earning a law degree.

Through the agreement, Westminster students will be able to earn the final 30 credits of their bachelor’s degree at Widener, while pursuing their law degree at the same time. The program will enable students to earn their baccalaureate and juris doctor in six years.

“Many Westminster graduates have enjoyed a distinguished career in law, and our partnership with Widener University Commonwealth Law School provides new opportunities for our students,” said Jamie McMinn, Westminster College’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, in a statement. “We are particularly pleased that students who want to practice such specialized areas as environmental law will be able to pursue their advanced degree at Widener while also earning their undergraduate degree at Westminster.”

Qualifying students must complete their major and general education requirements by the end of their junior year at Westminster, take the LSAT by February of their junior year and apply to Widener by April 1 of their junior year.

“We are delighted to partner with Westminster College,” said Michael Hussey, interim dean of Widener. “Many Commonwealth students, alumni and staff are Westminster alumni. This program honors their paths to law school and paves the way for a long-term relationship with Westminster and its students.”

Based in Harrisburg, Widener University Commonwealth Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.