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Week of 8 February 2016

VLS Events

Paper Course Research Workshop: 2/11

Do you have a paper course this semester?  Wondering how to keep track of all the sources you find?  Looking for ideas for topics or research strategies?  Come to a Paper Research workshop on Thursday, February 11th at 3PM in room 306 sponsored by the law library.  We will cover various programs to help organize your research, such as RefWorks and Lexis for Microsoft Office, and offer research tips.  If you are interested but can’t make it, please email to set up an appointment with a librarian or check out our Research Guides on various subject areas and the one on Research Management Systems.  RSVP or simply show up.  We hope to see you there!  Questions – please contact Lori Corso or Amy Spare.


Information session on Business Law Concentration: 2/11

There will be an information session on the Business Law Concentration for 1L students which will take place in Room 101, on Thursday, February 11th from 12:00 - 1:30PM.  If you are interested in applying, please try to attend.

If you are unable to attend, but would like further information, please feel free to contact Professor Jennifer O'Hare or Professor Richard Booth.


JD/MBA Information Session: 2/12

Please join us on Friday, February 12th for a presentation regarding the joint JD/MBA option for VLS students.  Admissions staff will be on hand to discuss the application process and your options regarding degree completion.  The meeting will be in room 307 from 12:00 - 1:00PM

If you are unable to attend, but would like further information, please feel free to contact Professor O'Hare or Meredith Lockyer.


NovUs Leap Year Party: 2/23

The Villanova Law Alumni Association NovUs Chapter invites 3L students to a Leap Year Party on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6 - 7:30PM at Pub & Kitchen (1946 Lombard Street, Philadelphia).  Light appetizers will be served.  NovUs will be collecting gently used men’s and women’s professional clothing at the event.  All donations will benefit Dress for Success Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization.

For more information and to register, click here.





2016/2017 Academic Calendar

The law school 2016/2017 calendar is now online.


Update Your Address & Emergency Contact Information

All Law Students must have current local and permanent addresses, email addresses and mobile phone numbers on file with the Registrar.  If your information is not current or has changed since you began law school, please take 5 minutes to update your information and include your emergency contact info:


Law School Mass

Ash Wednesday - Ash Wednesday will be observed on Wednesday, February 10th.  Ashes will be distributed at the Law School during our weekly Mass at 12:05PM.  Mass will be celebrated in Room 102.  Ashes will also be distributed in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church throughout the day at the following liturgies: 8:00AM Morning Prayer, 12:05PM Mass, 3:00PM Ecumenical Word Service, 5:30PM Mass, and 7:00PM Mass.  If you have any questions, please email Brian McCabe.

Spring Retreat - All students are welcome to get away for an overnight retreat March 11th – 12th in Ocean City, NJ.  Take some time from the busyness of school and everyday life to reflect, get to know other students, and relax.  Our focus will be exploring ways to find balance in various areas of our lives.  More details to come.  If you are interested, please email Amelia Curotto or Brian McCabe.


Emergency Closing Information

The law school rarely closes because of weather or emergency conditions, but should that become appropriate the information will be available on the VLS website, from KYW1060 AM (our Snow Closing Number is 471 in Delaware County), and our Emergency Cancellation Line 610-519-7744.


Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School, and within 75 feet of all buildings, which includes…

o    the front of the law school,

o    the walkway from the parking garage,

o    the outdoor dining area,

o    all entrances. 

This policy covers all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and dip). Thank you for your cooperation.


Candor and Disclosure

Candor and honesty are highly valued by the bar examiners of all jurisdictions.  Many jurisdictions verify bar applications and the criminal background checks that are routinely conducted in conjunction with bar admission, comparing the information obtained there with what the student disclosed on the law school application to determine whether the student was fully candid in applying to law school. Dishonesty may be an extremely serious obstacle to gaining admission to the practice of law.  

Please be sure that you have been fully candid in your application to Villanova.  Contact April Barton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, if you have any questions or concerns, are unsure whether or not you should disclose something, or if you think you may need to amend your application.

Honor Board Matters


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Make Up Classes and Annoucements


Make Up:

Law of Drugs: Lim- 2/12; 10AM - 12PM; Room 321

Con Law II: Samahon- 3/11; 11:15AM - 12:40AM; Room 302

Con Law II: Samahon- 4/1; 11:15AM - 12:40PM; Room 302

Con Law II: Samahon- 4/26; 10AM - 12PM; Room 202