Widener Law Welcomes Jurist Academy Students
Web Editor - Published: May 28, 2012
2012JuristAcademyWELCOMEPromoWidener Law welcomes participants in this year’s Jurist Academy on both the Delaware and Harrisburg campuses!

A two-week long summer-camp that offers promising undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds a look at law school and encourages them to pursue a legal education, the Jurist Academy program runs from May 29th through June 8th.

The Jurist Academy program offers participants a simulation the of law school experience, which includes classes on legal writing and analysis, torts, and criminal law. There is also a mandatory LSAT preparation course to assist the students in preparing for law school admission. The students also have an opportunity to speak with practicing lawyers and judges, and attend field trips and a variety of special presentations. The Jurist Academy provides a competitive edge in law school admissions for promising college students from historically underrepresented groups, with the use of education and mentoring, while introducing them to the rigors of legal education and to the rewards of legal careers.

On June 6th, Jurist Academy students on the Harrisburg campus will visit Judge Bernard Coates at the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. This courthouse tour will expose students to the inner workings of the judicial system. Students will also enjoy a tour of Harrisburg law firm Rhoads and Sinon LLP.

“This experiential learning component in the program is a unique feature that distinguishes the Jurist Academy program from other pipeline programs,” according to Professor Starla Williams, Jurist Academy Director on the Harrisburg Campus.

Students on the Delaware campus will enjoy similar opportunities, including a visit to the Media, Pennsylvania Courthouse and a tour of Wilmington law firm Richards Layton & Finger.

One student who participated in last year’s Jurist Academy described it as “a magnificent experience,” and said, “The program will place me a semester ahead of most first year law students.”

Widener Law gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of the following for making the program possible:
  • Central Pennsylvania College (Harrisburg)
  • Chester County Bar Association (Delaware)
  • Dauphin County Bar Foundation (Harrisburg)
  • Delaware State Bar Association (Delaware)
  • DuPont (Delaware)
  • Eckert Seamans (Harrisburg)
  • Fox Rothschild LLP (Delaware)
  • The Gilliam Foundation (Delaware)
  • Highmark Blue Shield (Harrisburg)
  • Keystone Bar Association (Harrisburg)
  • Morris James LLP (Delaware)
  • Pathways Law & Justice Careers Program (Harrisburg)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Harrisburg)
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP (Harrisburg)
  • Rhoads & Sinon LLP (Harrisburg)
  • Richards Layton & Finger (Delaware)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Delaware)
  • Triquetra Law (Harrisburg)
  • Tucker Law Group (Delaware)
  • Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP (Delaware)