I'm from PA and it has a GREAT rep amoung lay people in the area. Whenever I mention to someone that I'll be attending law school, they all chime in that I should "go to Widener!" Late last year my father told his doctor that I was applying to law school and he told my dad that, "Widener is a great school for law, one of the best choices in PA-- tell her to go there!" LOL. Lay people think so highly of Widener because it's true that a very large % of lawyers in PA graduated from Widener. Their alumni base is large and very loyal. If you want to practice in the area, I don't think it's a terrible choice. However, go to the best school that accepts you, and by "best" I mean the school that's ranked the highest.
I agree with this statement. It all matters where you want to practice. If you want to practice in Delaware or South Eastern PA it is an OK choice. It is the only law school in Delaware and you can probably get a pretty good gig in Wilmington with a Widener degree. However, if you can get into one of the better South Eastern PA schools, Temple, Villanova, Rutgers, Penn of course I would recommend those over Widener.
Widener has a good lay reputation but it has a murderous curve (2.2 - 2.7 I think I've seen). Many of the students there will be looking to transfer which may make the first year more difficult. To put things in perspective, I was accepted to Widener Law School last year with a full tuition scholarship, plus they were offering a $5,000 stipend. I turned it down to attend Temple. I turned down the opportunity at Widener for two reasons, the scholarship was conditioned on a 3.0 GPA (see murderous curve) and I want to practice in Philadelphia. Temple is IN Philadelphia and also has great lay prestige as well as a good reputation in the legal community.
A little more information about your situation would help, what do you want to do after law school, where do you want to practice etc...?