Monday, April 6, 2015
Widener University School of Law is Splitting Its TTTT Campuses and Renaming Them
The TTTT's AnnouncemenTTTT: Check out this portion of the stench pit’s press release:
“Widener University is pleased to announce the American Bar Association has approved its application to split its [Sewer] of Law, which has campuses in Harrisburg, Pa. and Wilmington, Del., into separate law schools that will operate independently of each other, but remain part of the university. They will be led by separate deans.
Rod Smolla will serve as dean of Widener University Delaware Law School, the name for the school in Wilmington, Del.
Christian A. Johnson will serve as dean of Widener University Commonwealth Law School, the name for the school in Harrisburg, Pa.
The change in status and new names will take effect July 1, the day both deans begin their tenures. New websites for the schools debuted today at harrisburglaw.widener.edu and delawarelaw.widener.edu.
“This is an exciting time for Widener University and its law schools,” Widener President James T. Harris III said. “The Widener School of Law has offered exceptional legal education for over 40 years. During that time, the two law campuses have grown and developed their own strengths and unique identities. Both schools will benefit from this change as it will allow each campus to showcase their strengths and individuality. This change will allow us to enhance our student services and educational offerings, with separate law school administrations dedicated to the different locations.” [Emphasis mine]
Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can see through this pathetic spin job. By the way, when have the ABA cockroaches not approved an accredited cesspool’s application?
Other Coverage: On March 31, 2015, the News Journal featured a Matthew Albright piece entitled “Widener’s Delaware law school to get its own identity.” Look at this excerpt:
“Widener University's law school campus in Delaware will once again be called the Delaware Law School and will have a separate identity and dean from the Harrisburg campus, school officials announced Friday.
"The Widener Law School has offered exceptional legal education for over 40 years. During that time, the two law campuses have grown and developed their own unique strengths," Widener President James Harris said. "Both schools will benefit from this change as it will allow each campus to showcase their strengths and individuality. This change will allow us to enhance our student services and educational offerings."
Harris announced that the school's new dean will be Rod Smolla, a visiting professor of law at the University of Georgia, who has previously served as dean of the law schools of the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University and was president of Furman University.
Smolla noted Delaware's outsized influence on the country's legal system, especially its corporate law, and praised the "Delaware Way" tradition of "civility, honor and professionalism" in the legal community.
"As the only law school in the state, we have a special responsibility and a special relationship with the Delaware legal community," Smolla said.
Delaware Law School opened in 1971. Widener added the Harrisburg campus in 1989, and the schools have jointly operated as the Widener School of Law.” [Emphasis mine]
The article continued:
“The American Bar Association has approved allowing the two campuses to be split into separately accredited entities within the university. School leaders say that will allow the schools to focus on specialties they have developed. The Delaware branch, for example, has a reputation for its programs in corporate and business law, family and health law and environmental law and advocacy.
The Harrisburg campus will be called Commonwealth Law School.
Widener Law has about 700 students pursuing Juris Doctor degrees. The Delaware location also offers legal graduate, compliance certificate, paralegal and legal nurse consulting programs.” [Emphasis mine]
Faculty Buyouts Included?: According to this June 5, 2013 entry from Dan Filler, this has been in the works for some time. The post was labeled “Widener Law May Slim Down & Split Into Two Law Schools.” Here is the entire text:
“According to a recent news report, Widener Law is considering following the path of Penn State Law and splitting into two separately accredited law schools: one in Delaware and one in Harrisburg, PA. If both plans come to pass, there will be two new law schools - both located in metro Harrisburg. Hmmm...
In separate news, but from the same news report, Widener offered 21 law faculty members a buyout. No details on the number who accepted.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, this school seems to be thriving, huh?!?! Who wouldn’t want to attend this fine in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion?
Conclusion: Anyone dumb enough to enroll in this sinking pile of excrement deserves their fate. Do you think – for one damn second – that employers will care whether your TTTTdiploma says Widener or Widener Delaware?! After all, this school is currently ranked as a fourth tier piece of trash – by US “News” & World Report. A name change is not going to improve this toilet’s repuTTTTaTTTTion.
Posted by Nando at 4:27 AM