Widener Law Welcomes New Students
Web Editor - Published: August 9, 2012
Welcome To Semester Fall 2012v2 NewsPromoOrientation week events for new students commence on Monday, August 13th on the Delaware Campus and on Tuesday, August 14th on the Harrisburg campus.

Registration and Welcome to the Profession

On the Delaware campus, new students may register at the Admissions Office between 10:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Monday. A special Welcome to the Profession Ceremony will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel next to the campus. Students should attend the mandatory ceremony in professional attire.

On the Harrisburg campus, open registration for new students will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. in the Administration Building on Tuesday the 14th. The Harrisburg Welcome to the Profession Ceremony will follow at 5:00 p.m. The Honorable P. Kevin Brobson ’95, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Judge, will deliver the affirmation and offer remarks.

New students can find schedules and other pertinent resources on the respective orientation pages for Delaware or Harrisburg. Please note that attendance at all orientation events is mandatory.

Introduction to Law

“Given the great variety in the experiences of our students before law school, we have designed the Introduction to Law classes for all students to learn core concepts and skills essential to a successful performance in law school. While the week provides only an introduction to law school, we expect students to take seriously the opportunity to begin building habits that will be useful throughout law school,” says Delaware campus Assistant Dean for the Office of Student Affairs Patrick J. Johnston.

“In order to be fully prepared for the Intro to Law course that takes place during Orientation, students should view the posted Intro to Law packet, which includes first assignments, course expectations, and required textbooks,” advises Assistant Registrar Molly Acri.

Maintaining a Healthy Balance

“In my experience, the Orientation week provides a great opportunity for students to get to know the Widener Law community - including faculty, staff and fellow classmates. The scheduled activities really give students a good idea of what to expect as they embark on their law school career,” Acri says.

The Delaware Campus will host a picnic on the lawn for incoming regular division students on Friday, August 17th from noon until 1:30 p.m. to conclude Orientation Week activities. Extended division students will instead have a pizza party in the atrium of the Main Law Building from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. that evening.

Following a tradition that began last year, the Harrisburg campus will close the week on Saturday with a celebratory day of events beginning with a Fun Run at 9 a.m. A Pilates demonstration will follow at 10:30 a.m. and then a lunch provided by Kaplan PMBR.

“In addition, an incoming student’s suggestion that the two day sections, N and P, play each other in a softball game has ‘gone viral’ and a game will be played after lunch,” says Harrisburg campus Dean of Students Keith E. Sealing, adding that roster spots will be available for evening students as well. Those interested in participating should visit the Widener Law Harrisburg 1L Campus Facebook group.