Study Abroad Policies

Summer Abroad Programs

A student may receive up to six credits for attending an ABA-approved summer abroad program offered by an accredited American school of law, provided a student achieves a grade of C, its equivalent or better for each course for which credit is sought. The student must obtain permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in advance by submitting a request detailing the program and the courses desired. Typically, only courses that do not duplicate courses offered at the School of Law will be approved, although exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the Academic Dean. Credit will be recorded and the course will appear on the student’s VLS transcript upon receipt of an official transcript from the host school, but the grade will not calculate into the student’s GPA.

Taking Classes Outside the Law School

As full-time students in the law school, law students may not take classes for credit in any other program or institution without the permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Transfer Credit

Villanova will only accept credit for transfer from ABA accredited law schools.

  • Students Transferring to Villanova University School of Law

All credits earned in the first year of law school will transfer to Villanova for students admitted as transfer students, except as provided below.

  • Villanova Students Taking Courses at Another Law School

Permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is required before a student may take courses at another accredited law school. This includes summer programs and courses taken during the regular school year. It is highly unusual that more than six credits will be approved for transfer from a summer program.

  • Articulation Agreements

Other than our established joint programs (JD/MBA, JD/MPA, JD/LLM and our Summer Rome Study Abroad Program with the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis)), we have no agreements between schools governing the transfer of credit (articulation agreements).

  • Grade Requirement

Villanova will only accept credit or credits for a course in which the student achieves a grade of C, its equivalent, or better.

Visiting Out

Students requesting permission to visit for a semester or a year at another law school must obtain permission from the Academic Dean. Permission will be granted only if the student shows compelling reasons for the visit, has completed all required courses, and has a least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.