Stuart Weitzman

Fashion Law: Behind the Seams

At Villanova, externship placements go beyond the typical non-profit and government agencies to encompass opportunities at multinational corporations—such as luxury shoe company Stuart Weitzman LLC. In summer 2014, Alexa McDevitt ‘15 and Emilie Pitts ’15 traveled from the Philadelphia Main Line to Midtown Manhattan for hands-on experience in fashion law at Stuart Weitzman’s corporate headquarters.

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VLS Graduates Achieve 93.92% PA Bar Exam Passage Rate

Villanova University School of Law (VLS) alumni continue to excel upon graduation. The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners recently reported that VLS graduates had a 93.92% first-time passage rate for the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Exam – the second-highest in the state and more than 11 percentage points above the state average. 

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PreLaw Magazine

PreLaw Magazine Gives Villanova Law Facilities A+ Grade

Villanova Law was ranked #7 in PreLaw Magazine’s list of the “Best Law School Facilities.” In selecting institutions for inclusion, the magazine assessed aesthetics, square footage per student on campus, library hours and amenities, and accommodations, including dining options, parking and lockers. It also considered student comments from Princeton Review’s law school guidebook in its evaluation.

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Villanova University Presents Mary Ann Glendon with Civitas Dei Medal for Exemplary Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Villanova University’s third annual Civitas Dei Medal will be presented to Mary Ann Glendon on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium. The award recognizes Catholics who through their work have made exemplary contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition and have shown particular commitment to the pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness.  

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Lecture on Crowdfunding, October 23

Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host a lecture on Crowdfunding on October 23. Crowdfunding— Internet-based financing that involves ordinary investors— is changing the way entrepreneurs raise capital for their growing businesses. Join us for an interactive session with legal expert Yoel Kranz as he discusses the various ways to raise money that are permissible under current rules, and what may be coming soon.

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Thomas M. Gallagher '89 Elected Chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP

Thomas M. Gallagher ’89 has been elected Chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP, succeeding former FBI Director Louis Freeh. As head of the firm’s Executive Committee, he will lead more than 500 lawyers in 13 national offices.

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Penelope Pether

Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium to Honor Professor Penelope J. Pether, October 24

The Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium will honor and explore the scholarly work of Professor Penelope J. Pether (1957-2013), a valued member of the Villanova Law faculty from 2005-2013. Several leading academics and former students will address Pether’s publications in the fields of law and literature, pedagogical theory and reform, criminal law, federal judicial publication practices, indefinite detention, feminism and culinary jurisprudence.

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Carl J. Schramm

Carl J. Schramm to Present 38th Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture, October 16

Villanova University School of Law will hold its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 101. Carl J. Schramm, University Professor at Syracuse University, will present on “Subsidiarity and Entrepreneurship.”

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Cynthia Cooper to Speak About Corporate Ethics and the WorldCom Collapse

On Thursday, October 2 at 12 p.m. in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons, Cynthia Cooper, author of Extraordinary Circumstances: Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower, will speak about corporate ethics and her experiences at the center of the WorldCom collapse.

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Richard Harvey

Professor J. Richard Harvey, Jr. Quoted in The New York Times and US News & World Report

Professor J. Richard Harvey, Jr., a leading expert on offshore tax operations by US multinational corporations, was recently quoted in The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report and National Public Radio about new Treasury Department rules intended to crack down on corporate inversions, in which US companies reincorporate abroad to lower their taxes.

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Reza Taleghani

Preparing for What's Next

At Villanova Law, JD/MBA students graduate with a broad knowledge base that positions them to capitalize on expanding career opportunities in and beyond the law—following in the footsteps of successful alumni such as Reza Taleghani ’97.

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Symposium on McCullen v. Coakley

The Law School will host a special symposium on Friday, October 17 at 1:30pm in Room 101 on the US Supreme Court’s decision last term in McCullen v. Coakley, unanimously striking down on First Amendment grounds a Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone statute. The lead plaintiff in the case, Eleanor McCullen, will participate and will be in attendance along with her husband, Joseph T. McCullen, Jr., a Villanova alumnus and benefactor, as well as the attorney who represented Mrs. McCullen before the Supreme Court.

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Practice the Law in Our Seven In-House Firms

Why wait until graduation to gain practical experience? Villanova Law Clinic students earn credit while representing real clients with critical legal issues under the direct supervision of a full-time faculty member.

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Samahon Lyon students

Setting Legal Precedent

For law students, studying and interpreting important legal precedents is an everyday occurrence. But it’s not often that students get the chance to work on a case that could set an important precedent of its own. Nineteen current Villanova Law students and recent alumni did just that, under the guidance of Professors Tuan Samahon and Beth Lyon, in the case Samahon v. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Mary Kate Wagner ’15 Participates in Philadelphia-Lyon Bar Exchange Program

Mary Kate Wagner ’15 participated in the prestigious Philadelphia-Lyon Bar Exchange Program, in which young lawyers and law students are placed with host firms in Philadelphia, and their Philadelphia counterparts are placed with host firms in Lyon.

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Orientation 2014

Welcoming the Class of 2017

Villanova University School of Law welcomes its Class of 2017, a group of students hailing from diverse and impressive backgrounds. Members of the class include business owners, community leaders and champions of social justice.

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Dean Gotanda Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for VLS

On August 25, Dean John Gotanda accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as part of a viral video campaign aimed at raising awareness about and donations to fund research for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

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Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Law. Entrepreneurship. Innovation. Be at the Center of It All.

Today’s lawyers often practice more than just law. They are business consultants. Problem solvers. Financial strategists. Whether you’re pursuing corporate, criminal or public interest practice, Villanova Law will prepare you to become the kind of lawyer the market demands.

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Where Law Meets Business

Make It Your Business to Succeed

At Villanova Law, we’re radically transforming the educational experience and offering you the real-world business skills you need to thrive in today’s highly competitive landscape, regardless of your chosen field.

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Mike Moreland

In the Media: Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law

Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, was quoted in the August 9 Associated Press article, "From Peyote to Sex:  Religious Liberty Fight Recast." The story ran in more than 75 media outlets, including The Washington Post, ABC News and The Huffington Post.

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Villanovans at the Top

A Villanova Law education prepares you to be not only a great lawyer, but also a great leader. And we’ve got the alumni to prove it.

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Lany Villalobos

VLS Student Named ABA Tax Public Service Fellow

Lany Villalobos ’14 is the recipient of a 2014 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. Beginning in the fall, Villalobos will work with the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project, a division of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA). Her fellowship project is designed to expand tax services to Spanish-speaking, low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers in rural Pennsylvania.

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Deanship of Villanova University School of Law Named in Honor of Arthur J. Kania ‘56

Villanova University School of Law has announced the naming of its deanship position in honor of Arthur J. Kania ’56.  Mr. Kania, a member of the inaugural graduating class of 1956, and his wife, Angela, have been significant benefactors to the Law School throughout its history. John Y. Gotanda serves as The Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University School of Law.

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National Law Journal Ranks VLS No. 47 'Go-To' Law School

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has ranked Villanova University School of Law (VLS) as the No. 47 “go-to” law school in its 2014 rankings. This annual report identifies the top 50 law schools with the highest percentage of 2013 juris doctor (JD) graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s most prestigious law firms.

VLS Communication Contacts

Kate Johnston
Director of Communication
(610) 519-8333

Daneen Baird
Assistant Director of Communication
(610) 519-3997