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Delaware Law School and Manor College partner on path to legal education

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Widener University Delaware Law School and Manor College in Jenkintown, Pa. have forged an agreement that will make legal-related bachelor’s and master’s degree programs available to Manor College students.

The agreement, signed recently by Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla and Manor College President Jonathan Peri, allows for Manor College students to earn an associate’s degree in paralegal studies, then apply to Widener University Delaware Law School for a bachelor’s degree in legal studies. Students can physically attend classes toward their bachelor’s degrees at Manor College under the collaboration.

Delaware Law School will accept and apply a maximum of 61 credits from Manor College toward a bachelor’s degree. Students who pursue the bachelor’s degree can also earn a certificate in paralegal studies from Widener, at no additional cost.

In addition, the agreement also allows Manor College students to pursue a master’s of jurisprudence in higher education compliance, offered through the law school.

The department of Graduate, International Compliance and Legal Studies at Widener University Delaware Law School administers the bachelor’s and master’s programs in conjunction with Widener University’s School of Education, Hospitality, and Continuing Studies, which confers the degrees.

“This is a great collaboration between two outstanding schools,” Smolla said. “It allows Manor College to expand the academic opportunities for its students, without them having to leave the campus they’ve come to know in Jenkintown. It allows Delaware Law School to expand its reach to students with an interest in legal studies or higher education compliance. We are excited to work together.”

“We’ve together created a pipeline, starting here on Manor College’s campus, to a variety of legal degree options,” added Peri. “As an alumnus of Widener’s Delaware Law School, I’m in the unique position of being able to personally attest to the tremendous value of the educations at both institutions, and our opening of new doors through Manor’s campus extends our strong missions and reputations in our communities.”

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