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National Law Journal Ranks VLS No. 34 'Go-To' Law School

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has ranked Villanova University School of Law (VLS) as the No. 34 “go-to” law school in its 2015 rankings. This annual report identifies the top 50 law schools with the highest percentage of 2014 juris doctor (JD) graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s most prestigious law firms. Read more

VLS Graduates Achieve 93.92% PA Bar Exam Passage Rate

Villanova University School of Law (VLS) alumni continue to excel upon graduation. The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners recently reported that VLS graduates had a 93.92% first-time passage rate for the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Exam – the second-highest in the state and more than 11 percentage points above the state average. Read more

Red Mass 2015

The Villanova University School of Law community will come together for its annual celebration of Red Mass on Friday, August 28, with University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS as celebrant and homilist. Read more


CARES Students Win Asylum Case

For Villanova Law students Rachel Silver ’16 and Lauren Otero ’16, working in the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) began as an opportunity to gain hands on experience. But after recently winning asylum for a 14-year-old girl who had been kidnapped and abused before fleeing her home country, the students gained not only practical experience but also professional fulfillment. Read more


Villanova Law Review Cited in Pensylvania Supreme Court Opinion

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently cited a casenote written by Thomas Reilly ’15, Editor-in-Chief of Villanova Law Review, Volume 60, in its opinion of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Jose A. Carrasquillo. Read more


In the Media: Professor Michael Risch quoted in Bloomberg Business

Michael Risch, Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, was quoted in the May 18 Bloomberg Business article, “Apple Gets Mixed Ruling in First Samsung Appeal.”  A noted intellectual property expert, Risch has provided frequent media commentary on the global patent battles between Apple Inc. and Samsung Group. Read more


Two Villanova Law Students Awarded 2015 Peggy Browning Fund Fellowships

Among more than 400 applicants from 150 law schools, the Peggy Browning Fund awarded Villanova University School of Law students, John D’Elia ’16 and Kristyn Jones ’16, 10-week summer fellowships for 2015. A tribute to these students’ qualifications, Peggy Browning Fellowships are given to law students who not only excel in the classroom, but who also demonstrate a commitment to workers’ rights through their educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences. Read more


Villanova School of Law’s PIFP Announces Eight 2015 Summer Fellows

The International Justice Mission, the U.S. Department of Justice and Philadelphia Legal Assistance are just a few of the organizations at which eight Villanova University School of Law Students will be doing public service legal work this summer as part of The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP). Read more


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VLS Alumni Spotlight

James R. Wells ’83

James R. Wells ’83

General Counsel

James R. Wells ’83 is General Counsel at ARI, the world's largest privately held fleet management company. Wells is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the company and for providing guidance and strategic counsel to the senior management team on general business matters. Previously, Wells was Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC). Wells also worked at ARAMARK for more than 20 years, where he rose to serve as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. 

Julie S. Lu ’98

Julie S. Lu ’98

Attorney Advisor
Executive Office for United States Attorneys

Julie S. Lu ’98 is an Attorney Advisor on the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management Staff in the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, she advises EOUSA and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices nation-wide on EEO related issues, provides oversight to non-attorney staff, conducts training and supports efforts to increase workforce diversity. Prior to joining EOUSA, Ms. Lu was an Attorney in the Claims and Employment Law Branch, General Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  From 1999 to 2004, she was a litigator in the trial department at Duane Morris LLP.

Joshua Goldenberg ’13

Joshua Goldenberg ’13

Associate Counsel
Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC

Joshua Goldenberg ’13 serves as Associate Counsel for Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC. In this role, his focused attention has been on preparing, reviewing and negotiating legal documents related to the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis, set to open in July 2016. His responsibilities also include handling contracts, labor and employment matters, intellectual property protection, relationships with key partners, litigation management and compliance with NFL rules and regulations. 

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