All admitted students are automatically evaluated and reevaulated for our Dean's Merit Scholarships; no separate application steps are required. Scholarship offers will be made all the way up to our deposit deadline.
In addition to our Dean's Scholars, we offer two special scholarship programs: Public Interest Scholars and Villanova Law Student Scholars.
Villanova Law encourages students to pursue careers in public interest law. To faciliate such careers, VLS has created the Public Interest Scholars Program ("PISP"). Each year, several students are offered a 100% tuition-waiver scholarship based on past academic achievement, leadership, public interest work, and commitment to contribute to public interest endeavors at Villanova Law and as future public interest practitioners. Public Interest Scholars are chosen as leaders of a dynamic community of committed public servants at VLS.
All admitted students are considered for participation in PISP. The Admissions Committee will contact selected admitted students to apply for PISP. Candidates must then submit an essay discussing their record in, and passion for, public interest work, as well as a list of meaningful and relevant service experiences. The final round of review will consist of an interview with members of the Selection Committee.
Beyond the financial freedom offered by PISP, PISP Scholars will be assigned a professor/advisor with a public interest background and/or strong ties to the public interest community. Scholars will receive a public interest mentor outside of Villanova Law in practice areas of interest to the Scholars. Scholars will also receive specialized career counseling from the Associate Director of Public Service Careers and Judicial Clerkships.
PISP Scholars are required to perform a total of 200 hours of pre-approved pro bono legal service during the three years of law school and are also required to participate in one clinical course of their choice plus a second semester in either the Advanced Advocacy Clinic or a non-judicial externship for credit. PISP Scholars are expected to satisfy the law school's research paper writing requirement by writing on a public interest topic, to plan (with all PISP Scholars) events at the law school to promote awareness of public interest work, and to work in a legal capacity for a public interest organization for both of their summers at Villanova Law. Upon graduation, PISP Scholars are expected, but not required, to engage in at least three years of public interest legal employment within their first five years of post-law school employment.
Read about Public Interest Scholars here.
Admitted students who demonstrate impressive academic credentials and express a strong interest (and background) in particular areas of law will be selected as Villanova Law Student Scholars. In addition to renewable financial assistance, Student Scholars have access to consequential programmatic rewards.
First, Scholars are assigned a faculty member whose interests and career path align with their own goals. Scholars are also assigned alumni mentors who are practicing in the particular field. Further, Student Scholars are guaranteed registration in specialized upper-level coursework. Finally, should a Scholar choose to seek a 1L summer position through the Law School, they are well-positioned for a relevant placement, either as a part-time Research Assistant, or by participating in a relevant externship, based upon particular academic or professional record and preferences.
The Villanova Law Student Scholars Program is designed to build upon Villanova Law's singular strengths: outstanding, active faculty; curricular specialization; a close-knit supportive community; and real-world law student impact.
At this time, Student Scholars are focused on the following academic and professional tracks: Criminal Law; Environmental Law; Intellectual Property; International Law; Immigration and Trafficking; Law, Religion, and Philosophy; and Tax.
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