For success in today’s competitive landscape, our graduates need more than a strong academic foundation in law. They need the vital hands-on skills acquired through Villanova’s robust experiential learning program, which includes seven clinics and 200+ externship opportunities.
The legal clinics at Villanova act as in-house law firms. Participating students earn credit while representing real clients with critical legal issues under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students serve as the primary counselor and advocate for their clients. Through interviewing and counseling, negotiating agreements, structuring business relationships, drafting legal documents and arguing in court, students develop the skills needed to become effective lawyers.
Our clinic offerings include:
Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
“The confidence that comes from actually stepping into the role of counselor and advising your client is invaluable. I understood the gravity of advising a small business and my clients knew that I was prepared and took my counsel seriously. Ultimately, my experience in the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship elevated me from a strong student to a confident capable attorney.”
Stoneleigh Foundation 2016 Emerging Leader Fellow, Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project
“In the Civil Justice Clinic, I applied my knowledge of contracts, family law and civil procedure to help real people in challenging legal situations. Through this hands-on work, I learned the importance of advocacy and compromise. Both are essential skills that work best when balanced together.”
Law Clerk, United States Tax Court
“Working in the Federal Tax Clinic taught me much more than tax controversy. Learning how to use my legal skills to advocate for real clients was the most important takeaway. The hands-on experience I gained as a clinic student was invaluable to launching my career as a public interest tax attorney.”
Associate, Stradley Ronon
“When I saw the look on our client’s face as he realized he could begin a new, safe and free life in America, I felt the tremendous impact of our hard work.”