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Neumann and Widener Accelerate Path to Law Degree

Neumann University and Widener University Delaware Law School
Dr. Rodney Smolla, dean of the Widener University Delaware Law School,
signs the agreement for a 3+3 program with Neumann University as Dr. Lawrence DiPaolo, Jr., Neumann’s vice president for academic affairs, looks on. Standing are
Dr. Jerry Greiner, interim provost at Widener; Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, Neumann’s president; Barbara Ayers, Esq., assistant dean for admissions at Delaware Law; and
Dr. Stephen Wilhite, Widener’s interim president.


Neumann University and Widener University Delaware Law School have created an articulation agreement that will give Neumann first-year students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor degree in just six years.


The first three years of study will be at Neumann. During this time, students must successfully complete all major and core curriculum requirements, 75 percent of their bachelor's degree requirements, and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.


The last portion of this 3+3 program will be at Delaware Law for students who meet the school's LSAT standard (at least the median score for entering Delaware Law students) and admission requirements for character and fitness. At the completion of one year of successful full-time study at Delaware Law, students will receive a Neumann bachelor's degree. They may then continue legal studies full-time (the 3+3 plan) or part-time.


“For Neumann University students interested in the legal profession, this agreement provides an accelerated path to a juris doctor degree with a respected local law school,” said Dr. Lawrence DiPaolo, Neumann’s vice president for academic affairs. “Neumann University is excited about offering this opportunity to all students who are considering the legal profession.”


Delaware Law Dean Rod Smolla said he was pleased to see the two schools enter the agreement.


“Students who take advantage of this will be choosing an academic path that provides enormous opportunities for meaningful lives. We are confident a solid undergraduate foundation from Neumann University coupled with our robust program at Delaware Law School can lead to engaging careers,” he said.


This agreement, an early admission program at Neumann University, will begin in fall 2016. For more information about the 3+3 program, email or call the Office of Admissions at 610-558-5616.


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