Villanova's curriculum offers sound training for the practice of law: Courses are designed to teach not only rules of law, but also how lawyers analyze, express themselves, perform many of their functions, and solve problems, as well as how legal institutions operate. The course of study consists of three full-time consecutive years.
In addition you will take a transactional practicum in either Contracts or Property, taught in a small section. In the practicum sections, you will apply Contract or Property legal theory and actually draft the documents a client would need. Practitioner-consultants will participate to help you connect the doctrine to real-world applications. You will draft documents based on simulated fact patterns, and your professors will give you detailed feedback, often with the input of the practitioner-consultants.
You will also develop the core practice skills of oral advocacy and legal analysis, writing, and research. Our nationally recognized legal writing faculty will teach you Legal Analysis, Writing and Oral Advocacy, a hands-on course offered in small sections to insure your writing will be closely supervised by your Legal Writing Professor. You will learn legal research skills and strategy from our team of lawyer librarians, who work in collaboration with the legal writing faculty.
|Civil Procedure||4 cr||Contracts (practicum)*||4-5 cr|
|Criminal Law||4 cr||Constitutional Law I||3 cr|
|Torts||4 cr||Property (practicum)*||4-5 cr|
|Legal Writing||1.5 cr||Elective||3 cr|
|Legal Research||1 cr||Legal Writing||1.5 cr|
* In each section, either Property or Contracts will be offered in the Practicum and will carry 5 credits.
In the spring semester, you will take Constitutional Law I and select one of the five elective courses. The elective course you choose will enrich your first year education by providing a different perspective or offering a different paradigm. Current elective choices are:
In your second and third years, you will shape your own course of study. Core courses such as Business Organizations, Evidence, Intellectual Property, International Law, and Sentenciing and Punishment provice the foundation you will need for any area of practice.
More specialized courses such as International Environmental Law, Bioethics, Police Conduct, Chinese Law, International Human Rights, Poverty Law, Natural Resources Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions allow you to pursue your interests and career goals.
Simulation courses such as Trial Practice, Intervieweing and Counseling, and Mediation will help you develop the skills of a lawyer. More than thirty externship opportunities at a wide range of government and nonprofit organizations provide the opportunity to learn in a real-world setting. In our award winning clinics, you can represent real clients in real cases working with full-time clinic faculty.
In addition to traditional lecture courses, students also have a variety of opportunities to engage in hands-on legal skills training through Clinics, Moot Court, Journal participation and other Experiential Learning activities.