Litigation Practice

If you are like many students, you may expect to become a litigator. As a litigator, you would represent your clients in the adversarial resolution of legal disputes through the trial process or some alternative method of dispute resolution as distinguished from representing a client in a legal transaction or advising the client on matters affected by the law. Like many litigators, you might handle a wide range of civil cases ranging from personal injury cases to construction cases family law disputes. Alternatively, you might specialize in a particular area of law, such as corporate/business, tort, employment and labor, or criminal law. The courses suggested below are those designed to develop and hone your knowledge of procedure and the skills essential to be an effective litigator with an emphasis on tort law. As you select additional electives, you should seek to acquire a foundation in other specialty areas that have a significant litigation component.

General Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Appellate Advocacy
  • Advanced Legal Writing
  • Advanced Torts
  • Arbitration: Law, Policy and Practice
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Beyond the Constitution
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Enforcing the Constitution
  • Complex Litigation Theory & Practice
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Damages
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Divorce Practice & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Federal Courts/Federal Systems
  • Insurance Law
  • Interviewing & Counseling
  • Law & Psychology
  • Law, Science and Advocacy
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy
  • Patent Litigation
  • Pennsylvania Civil Procedure
  • Regulatory State (First Year Elective)
  • Remedies
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Securities Litigation
  • Spanish for Lawyers
  • Transnational Litigation
  • Trial Advocacy
    • Intensive Trial Advocacy
    • Trial Practice Competition
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy (Civil and Criminal)
  • Villanova Capital Defense Practicum
  • Villanova Sentencing Workshop
  • Workers' Compensation Law

Practical Writing Courses

  • Administrative Practice
  • Advanced Insurance Law
  • Civil Pretrial Practice
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Divorce Practice & Procedure
  • Immigration Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Litigation Drafting
  • Patent Prosecution

Clinics and Externships

Litigation Practice