First Year Student Orientation

Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20th and Thursday, August 21st. Orientation combines important information sessions with social events. We carefully plan it to be as concise as possible. Orientation is mandatory on both days, not only because of the important information provided in the various sessions, but also because it is the time you officially register as a matriculated student at Villanova Law. You will receive your final schedule at Orientation. Attire is casual (except for the Dean's Welcome, which is business attire) but keep in mind that you will be interacting with faculty, staff and other professionals. If you do not attend Orientation, we will assume you do not plan to matriculate and the Admissions Office will offer your seat to another applicant. 

Wednesday, August 20

8:30 a.m.                  Opening Mass (optional)

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.        Sign-In

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.      Welcoming Remarks

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.    Group Meetings with Faculty Advisors

11:30 - 12:15 p.m.    Lunch

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.       Time Management or
                                  Professional Development
                                  - Introduction to Career Strategy
                                  - Pro Bono Programs
                                  - Student Resources
                                  - Character & Fitness

                                   - Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.         Break

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.         Time Management or
                                  Professional Development
                                  - Introduction to Career Strategy
                                  - Pro Bono Programs
                                  - Student Resources
                                  - Character & Fitness

                                  - Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Thursday, August 21

There is a reading assignment for the Introduction to Legal Reasoning & Professional Formation session. You can download the readings here.

9:00 - Noon          Intro to Legal Reasoning & Professional Formation

Noon - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.    Q & A with Student TAs

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.    Building Tours (optional)
                             Library Tours (optional)
                             Tech Zone Support (optional)

7:00 p.m.              Dean's Welcoming Remarks & Community* Reception

*Please note that business attire is required at the Community Reception.

Saturday, August 23 (Optional)

8:30 - 1:00 p.m.   Villanova Law Day of Service
                           Glenwood Green Acres Garden
                           1801 W. Glenwood Ave
                           Philadelphia, PA 19143

Volunteers will assist with weeding, painting, mowing and removing invasive plants. Please plan to wear closed toe shoes and sunscreen. Arrangements will be made for students interested in carpooling to the garden.  Please register for the Day of Service by clicking here.

Transfer/ Visiting Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 19

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.    Sign-In

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.    Welcome

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.   Career Strategy Overview

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.  Journal & Moot Court Opportunities

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.  Break

11:00 - Noon          Resources & Student Support
                                - Campus Ministry
                                - Student Affairs & Resources
                                - Externships & Trial Team

Noon - 12:30 p.m.   Building Tour

Pre-Orientation Welcome Program

Villanova Law invites you to attend our Pre-Orientation Welcome on Monday, August 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. This program is open to all entering first-year students, particularly those who identify with an affinity group, or as a diverse or non-traditional student within the Villanova Law community.

You will interact with your classmates, administration, faculty and staff. You will also meet current VLS students and board members from the Minority Alumni Society who will share invaluable insights on their experiences as law students and legal professionals.

For more information and to register, please click here.

The day will conclude at 5:00 p.m. with a reception at Teresa's Cafe, located a few miles from Villanova Law.

If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Southerland, Associate Director of Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion

Admissions Office

Villanova University School of Law
299 N. Spring Mill Rd.
Villanova PA 19085

Phone: 610-519-7010
Fax: 610-519-6291