John King recently graduated magna cum laude from Widener University School of Law. Before attending law school, John earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Minor in the Legal Environment of Business from Penn State University, completing his undergraduate studies in only 3 1/2 years. In addition to his studies, John served in Penn State’s student government and worked a part-time job. Before attending Penn State, John graduated from St. Joe’s Prep high school.
While in law school, John was a dedicated student, and graduated ranked in the top 10% of his class. In addition to excelling in his studies, John was awarded several honors. John was selected to join the Widener Law Review, and was chosen as a member of the editorial board. He received the Outstanding Board Member award from his peers for his work as Research Editor for the law review.
John was chosen as a member of the Moe Levine Honor Society, Widener’s honor society dedicated to trial advocacy. In his final semester, John and a teammate won the annual Hugh B. Pearce Competition, at both Widener’s Delaware and Harrisburg campuses. Additionally, John was also selected to join the Moot Court Honor Society, where he focused on appellate brief writing and oral argument. He was selected to represent Widener at the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. At this national competition, John and his teammate advanced to the Semi-Finals and received the Runner-Up Best Respondent Brief Award. John also served as an executive board member for Widener’s Moot Court Honor Society, and was the Chairperson for the annual Judge G. Fred DiBona Competition. John is also a member of the Order of the Barristers, a national honor society.
In addition to excelling in his schoolwork and advocacy competitions, John gained litigation experience as a certified legal intern. In the summer before his final year, John worked at the Delaware County District Attorney’s office, where he prosecuted misdemeanors and felonies in magisterial district court, and negotiated waivers and summary plea bargains with experienced criminal defense attorneys. In his final year at Widener, John also worked for Widener’s Veteran’s Law Clinic, assisting disabled veterans apply for benefits and appeal denials.