Villanova University School of Law (VLS) Introduces New Mandatory, Credit-Bearing Professional Development Curriculum for All Students


A requirement in all three years of law school, each course encourages and engages students in individualized and active career explorations and professional development

Professional Development Courses strengthen VLS’s commitment to aligning its curriculum with the demands of professional practice through the infusion of vital business principles, professionalism skills and practical experience

 

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University School of Law (VLS) is implementing new mandatory, credit-bearing Professional Development Curriculum, beginning in fall 2014. The course is a requirement during all three years of law school. One of the most robust programs of its kind among law schools, Villanova’s Professional Development Curriculum encourages and engages students in individualized and active career exploration and professional development.

A collaboration among VLS faculty, staff and alumni mentors, the three courses ensure context for and continuity between academic work, clinic experiences and externships. Through lectures, individual and small group meetings, self-directed assignments and Career Strategy events, the Professional Development Courses cover topics such as professionalism, networking, communication and presentation skills, goal development, time and project management, professional independence and the lawyer as entrepreneur.

“At Villanova, we believe that academics and professional development are intertwined and equally essential to the long-term success of our students,” said John Y. Gotanda, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law. “By requiring these new Professional Development Courses during all three years of law school, we are working to ensure that our students not only have top-notch legal skills, but also the ‘soft skills’ so coveted by today’s employers.”

The Professional Development Courses strengthen Villanova’s commitment to directly aligning its curriculum with the demands of professional practice through the infusion of vital business principles, professionalism skills and practical experience into each student’s education. Using real-world problems, simulations and role-playing exercises, Villanova students learn by doing and are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive job market.