If you need any additional help or assistance, please contact the Bar Programs Director.
This LibGuide includes:
For up-to-date bar admission information, contact the bar administrator for the specific jurisdiction.
For an overview of bar requirements for all states consult the American Bar Association (ABA) Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.
Bar loans are designed to help students with the costs associated with the bar exam, bar prep courses, and living expenses while studying for the bar. The amount a student borrows depends on the lender’s minimum and maximum amount allowed and what the student determines is necessary. These loans carry higher interest rates and less appealing repayment options than federal loans.
We encourage all students to borrow up to their maximum federal cost of attendance with federal loans before utilizing the Bar Loan option.
The number of lenders offering bar loans has shrunk considerably with the current credit market. Widener University Commonwealth Law School is aware of three lenders currently offering a bar loan program at this point in time. If lenders re-enter the market they will be added to our list. Students should be prepared for stricter credit criteria than in the past and may want to consider applying with a co-signer.
Please use the links to apply directly online with the lender. Widener Law Commonwealth will certify the student’s graduation date and the money will be disbursed directly to the student.