How to Apply

Villanova University Charles Widger 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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Dates and Deadlines:

  • September 15 - 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 September 15 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 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. The $75 application fee has been waived for all fall 2017 first-time applicants.

Dates and Deadlines:

Round 1

  • September 15 - Earliest date to apply
  • November 15 - Application must be received
  • December 1 - Application must be complete

Round 2

  • February 15 - Application must be received
  • March 15 - 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. Round 1 Early Decision applicants will receive a decision by December 31. Round 2 Early Decision applicants will receive a decision by April 1. 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 in round 1 and by April 1 in round 2. 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

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.

Academic Rule 16 requires that "A student admitted with advanced standing (transfer students) will not be given a class rank based on cumulative weighted average and will not be eligible for prizes or awards based thereon. Transfer students will be eligible for summa, magna and cum laude honors at graduation, applying a formula that compares the lower of either the student’s three year GPA (original school plus Villanova Law) or the student’s two year GPA (only the Villanova GPA) to the cut off GPA of cumulative ranked students awarded honors."

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 Charles Widger 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 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.

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.

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 MBA Program during the spring semester of your 1L year. The 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 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.

For more information on the Reza Taleghani JD/MBA program, please click here.

Villanova Law’s JD/LLB program allows selected international students who have graduated within three years before applying or with three or four years of legal education to transfer to Villanova Law, and in two years earn a JD degree. For those who have not yet graduated with one year or less of study left will, in partnership with the student’s home institution, be able to count these two years toward completing the student’s LLB. After successfully completing the Villanova Law curriculum, these graduates will be eligible to sit for a bar examination in the United States.


Applicants must rank in the top 20% of their class at their home institutions, have a minimum Internet-based TOEFL score of 90 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, and have a Skype or telephone interview with a Villanova representative.


  • $75 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement (2-3 pages, double-spaced)
  • Résumé
  • LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

Cost of Attendance

  1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition/Fees $42,880 $41,310
Books/Supplies $1,400 $1,400
Rent/Utilities $12,150 $12,150
Food/Sundries $4,500 $4,500
Misc. Expenses $3,592 $3,592
Health Insurance $1,545 $1,545
Total Budget $66,067 $62,919

*Cost of attendance for Fall 2017 will be available in the spring.

For more information on the JD/LLB program, please click here.

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