How to Apply

Villanova University School of Law employs a holistic review philosophy to build a class of highly qualified candidates with a wide range of accomplishments, experiences and goals. We also place a strong emphasis on creativity, teamwork, and service. A Villanova lawyer is a critical thinker and a passionate advocate: the Admissions Committee is committed to identifying professional, dedicated leaders. 

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JD Applicants

Dates and Deadlines:

  • October 1 - Application is available
  • April 1 - Application must be received

Admission is for the fall of each year, and only a full-time program is offered. The JD application will become available on October 1 and will not be accepted after April 1. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee evaluates applications and informs candidates of decisions on a continuous basis, usually beginning in late fall and extending to mid-summer.

To be considered for admission to the JD program, an applicant must have successfully completed a baccalaureate program, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, prior to matriculation at Villanova Law and taken the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The Admissions Office requires you apply online. Furthermore, you must participate in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and be registered with CAS during the application year.

For an application to be considered complete, it must include: a $75 application fee (fee waived for all new fall 2014 JD applicants); a personal statement written on any topic that does not exceed three typed, double-spaced pages; a resume detailing all employment, extracurricular, and community service involvement; LSAT score(s); at least one letter of recommendation; and a complete CAS report with official transcripts from any colleges, universities, junior or community colleges, and graduate or professional schools you have attended.

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Early Decision

Dates and Deadlines:

  • October 1 - Earliest date to apply
  • December 1 - Application must be complete

Villanova Law advises all applicants to apply as early as possible in the cycle. If Villanova Law is your first choice of law school, you may apply as an Early Decision applicant. Early Decision applicants will receive a decision by December 31. The Early Decision option is binding: An applicant commits to attending Villanova Law if admitted.

Note: an Early Decision Agreement (PDF) must be submitted to apply under the program. 

Early Decision applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision by December 31. There are three decisions that may be rendered on an Early Decision Application:

  • Accepted - if admitted, Early Decision applicants are immediately bound to enroll at Villanova Law and must withdraw all other law school applications. Because offers of admission under the Early Decision process are binding, applicants may not apply to other Early Decision programs.
  • Deferred - deferred applications will be considered in the regular admissions cycle. If admitted in the Regular Decision process, the agreement is no longer binding.
  • Denied

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Transfer Applicants

Dates and Deadlines:

  • July 1 - Transfer application must be received
  • July 15 - Transfer application must be complete

Transfer applications will be considered only when the student has successfully completed all the courses required in the full-time 1L year of the home school. Villanova Law will only accept credit or credits for a course in which the student receives a grade of C, its equivalent, or better. The number of credits transferred will equal the number of credits successfully completed in that program; if there are differences in the 1L curriculum between the home school and Villanova Law, transfer students will be required to complete any required Villanova Law 1L coursework as part of their upper-level coursework. The law school from which the applicant seeks to transfer must be able to certify that the applicant has completed all requirements and credits for that school's full-time first year program. Transcripts reflecting grades for all courses taken must be submitted to the Admissions Office by July 15.

Transfer applicants must be in good standing at a law school that is both a member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) and approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Applicants will not be reviewed until we have received transcripts for both fall and spring semesters of the first year of law school. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. You must apply online.

Transfer applicants are required to provide the same documents that are required for first year applicants (i.e. completed application form, application fee, personal statement(s)); Credential Assembly Service Law School report; academic transcripts from all institutions attended; and one letter of recommendation - preferably from a law professor). Additionally, transfer applicants must provide a letter from the appropriate dean or administrator at the home law school indicating they are in good academic standing and eligible to continue their studies. 

Transfer students are required to pay all applicable fees and tuition, and are eligible for graduation honors and participation in journal and moot court competitions.

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Visiting Applicants

Dates and Deadlines:

  • April 1 - Visiting application becomes available
  • July 1 - Fall or Full-Year Visiting application must be received
  • November 1 - Spring Visiting application must be received

Villanova Law accepts non-matriculated students for a year or a semester depending on an applicant's situation. Applicants applying to visit for the academic year typically begin their studies in the fall. However, in certain circumstances, applicants may be allowed to begin their studies in the spring semester. As a non-matriculated student, credits taken at Villanova will be applied to the degree requirements of your current law school, and the degree will be awarded by that school.

To apply as a visiting student, you must be currently attending an ABA-accredited law school. You must apply online

For a Visiting application to be considered complete, it must include: a $75, non-refundable application fee; a personal statement outlining the specific circumstances involved in your wishing to visit at Villanova Law; a copy of your resume; an official transcript from your current law school (this transcript must include all law school grades to date); and a letter from the appropriate dean at your law school indicating you are currently in good academic standing and eligible to continue your studies. This letter should state you have permission to attend Villanova University School of Law as a visiting non-matriculated student, that you will be awarded credit for taking classes at Villanova Law, and what academic conditions, if any, will apply to you while attending Villanova Law. This letter should also indicate that there are no disciplinary actions either pending or expected to be brought against you.

Any supplemental materials, i.e. letters of recommendation, should be sent as PDF attachments to admissions@law.villanova.edu. Transcripts and Dean's certification letters may be mailed to the Admissions Office.

Non-matriculated students are required to pay all applicable Villanova University School of Law fees and tuition. Financial Aid will be handled through your law school.

To visit in the fall or the full academic year, applications can be submitted beginning April 1, but prior to July 1. If you wish to visit for the spring semester only, an application must be submitted no later than November 1. Applicants will be informed in late July/early August of the decision on their application.

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JD / LLM

Villanova Law offers several dual degree programs, including the JD/LLM in Taxation and JD/LLM in International Studies.

JD/LLM in Taxation

Students in this program earn both the JD and LLM in Taxation in less time and at a reduced cost than would be required to earn both degrees separately. Following the award of the JD degree, students in this program can complete the LLM in one additional semester.

For information on the JD/LLM in Taxation, please click here.

JD/LLM in International Studies

Joint programs offered with Universities in London, Edinburgh, Leiden, the Netherlands, Singapore and Hong Kong allows students to earn both a JD and an international LLM in three years. After two years at Villanova Law, the third year is spent abroad.

For information on the JD/LLM in International Studies, please click here.

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JD / MBA

To be admitted to the joint degree program, you must first apply and be admitted to Villanova Law. 

You must submit a separate application to the Villanova University Professional MBA Program. You may apply before you matriculate to Villanova Law, or you may wait and apply during your first year. The Professional MBA Program requires that you take the GMAT; however, in certain cases, the GMAT may be waived if you achieve a qualifying score on the LSAT. It is strongly recommended that students who are interested in the joint program take the GMAT before entering law school. Given the rigors of the first year, it is not advisable to spend time studying for the GMAT.

Once you have applied and been accepted separately into the JD program and Professional MBA program, a determination is made by Villanova Law's Director of the JD/MBA Program and the Director of the Professional MBA Program at the Villanova School of Business whether you are an acceptable candidate for the joint program.

For more information on the JD/MBA dual degree program, please click here.

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