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Scholarships and Fellowships

Widener University Delaware Law School is committed to recognizing the significant achievements of its strongest applicants by providing merit based scholarships. Our awards are intended to reward the many and distinctive academic, personal, and professional accomplishments of our entering students. Delaware Law merit based scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance and renewable for up to three years for full-time students and four years for part-time students provided the student maintains satisfactory academic performance.  

First State Merit Scholarship

The State of Delaware holds the distinction of being the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. These merit based scholarship awards are named in recognition of our state’s history. First State Merit Awards are offered to entering students with strong academic records established during their undergraduate years and, where applicable, through graduate study. Deserving candidates will have demonstrated leadership and service backgrounds.

Delaware Select Merit Scholarship

Delaware Law School is the only law school in the state of Delaware and part of a legal community nationally renowned for integrity, civility, thoughtful decision-making, and a commitment to the greater good. Strong candidates for these awards are ranked in the top of their undergraduate class, achieved an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the most recent Delaware Law School entering class, have demonstrated leadership and service backgrounds, and are likely to contribute to the Delaware Law School community in meaningful ways. 

Dean’s Select Merit Scholarship

Delaware Law School is led by Dean Rodney A. Smolla, a nationally recognized legal scholar and champion for student-centered and experiential legal education. Candidates selected for these merit-based awards are among the strongest applicants to Delaware Law School in both academic achievement and personal and professional accomplishments. Candidates will have demonstrated leadership and service backgrounds, extracurricular involvement at the undergraduate level, and be of strong character. A review of their accomplishments indicates that they are very likely to contribute to the law school and the communities we serve in significant and meaningful ways.

In addition, Delaware Law Donor Scholarships, established through the generosity of alumni, friends, faculty, foundations, law firms, and corporations are available.

Fellowship opportunities are available through the Family Law & Policy Institute, the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law and the Dean’s Office.

Students looking for additional options can seek private aid in the form of outside scholarships established by private and public organizations, including county and state bar associations, veterans organizations, church and ethnic organizations, college or university alumni associations, and corporations.