There are a number of programmatic areas you can choose to direct your support for Widener Law Commonwealth—each with a somewhat different focus, but all vitally important.


The Commonwealth Law Fund provides essential unrestricted dollars supporting our school in every aspect of its mission and operation.

Like most institutions of higher learning, we cannot rely on tuition alone to meet the full cost of providing our students a high-quality education. Gifts to the Commonwealth Law Fund fill the gap between tuition revenue and the true cost of an excellent legal education. 

The Commonwealth Law Fund supports the myriad activities of the law school and assists the school in supporting student educational opportunities and innovative programming on the Harrisburg campus.


Gifts can be made to Widener Law Commonwealth's unique signature programs,The Law and Government Institute, The Environmental Law and Sustainabilty Center, or The Business Advising Program, as well the JURIST Academy Program, the Central Pennsylvania Civil Law Clinics, or any other program directly benefitting students. If the program you want to contribute to is not listed, select Other and write it in. 

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With a commitment of $150-500, you can engrave a paver along the Legacy Pathway, our main campus walkway. You can display your own name, honor a friend or faculty member, or choose another message of support. Complete the form, mail it in, email it to or fax it to 717-541-3999. 


Members of the Widener Law Commonwealth community―alumni, friends, parents, faculty, and community organizations― can  endow scholarships to support our students. These scholarships recognize academic perseverance, merit, and/or interest in a particular area of study. In the current economic climate, the support they provide is more important than ever.  

You can help extend Widener Law Commonwealth’s tradition of educational opportunity by contributing to an existing scholarship or establishing a new one. To discuss the options, contact our Director of Development.

Other Forms of Giving


By including Widener Law Commonwealth in your estate plans, you can support the law school and its students while establishing your alumni legacy.

Estate planning is a very personal process.  We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have, but we suggest that you also consult with your attorney and/or other financial advisors when considering a gift in your will or estate plan. 

Estate planning gifts can be used to benefit Widener Law Commonwealth in a number of ways, including specific programmatic support, funding or creating a named scholarship, or an endowed chair or professorship.  Another gift option would be  an unrestricted  gift to  the law school’s endowment fund which would be used towards general support of the law school.   

If you have already included Widener Law Commonwealth in your plans, please let us know so that we may include and welcome you to the Widener Legacy Society, which recognizes individuals who have continued their relationship with Widener into the future. Click here to contact our Director of Development.


A gift of stock can result in a significant tax savings to you and your family while benefitting the law school.   

Giving a gift of securities to Widener Law Commonwealth can be done at anytime. Once you transfer the stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares you have owned for more than a year, the law school immediately sells the asset and uses the proceeds as you wish. Giving this type of asset allows you to avoid capital gains tax and provides a charitable tax deduction. Contact our Development Director for more information.

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