CHARLES WIDGER

SCHOOL OF LAW

WHY VILLANOVA LAW?

Law School

At Villanova Law, our broad-based legal education is grounded in academic rigor; practical, hands-on training; and a foundation in business that primes graduates for diverse and rewarding legal careers. Wherever your interests may lie—international law, corporate law, intellectual property law or public interest law—you will find programs that will prepare you for the future.

Guided by our Where Law Meets Business philosophy, our programming infuses vital business principles, professional skills, ethical training and practical experiences into each student’s education. Through innovative coursework, six clinics and 275+ externship placements, Villanova students learn by doing—and graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for success in today’s competitive job market.

PROGRAMS

JURIS DOCTOR (JD)

Cutting-edge preparation for the next generation of Villanova lawyers
 

JOINT DEGREES

JD/MBA, JD/MPA, JD/LLM in Taxation and JD/LLM in International Studies
 

GRADUATE TAX

Interdisciplinary, in-depth examination of tax principles and policies
 

CLINICS & EXTERNSHIPS

Hands-on legal experience through our 6 in-house law firms and 275+ externship opportunities

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Preparing our students for professional success through educational offerings and one-on-one career counseling

PUBLIC INTEREST

Fostering a commitment to service in our students through curricular and extracurricular offerings

THE VILLANOVA LAW DIFFERENCE

 

 

NEWS & EVENTS

Red Mass 2022, 09/30

Red Mass 2022, 09/30

Join the Villanova Law community for the annual Red Mass with University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS as celebrant. This year’s celebration will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. A complimentary reception will be held immediately following Red Mass at Scarpa Hall.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

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Stephen Olsen ’07 JD, ’09 LLM Appointed Faculty Director of the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program

Stephen Olsen ’07 JD, ’09 LLM Appointed Faculty Director of the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program

Villanova University announced the appointment of Stephen Olsen ’07 JD, ’09 LLM, as associate professor of practice and faculty director of its Graduate Tax Program. Olsen joins Villanova from Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, a West Chester, PA and Wilmington, DE-based law firm, where he will continue to work as of counsel assisting the firm’s clients. In his new role at Villanova, Olsen will oversee the University’s nationally recognized graduate tax program, which offers both online and in-person courses.

AUGUST 30, 2022

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Villanova Law Welcomes New Faculty in Fall 2022

Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, has appointed new faculty beginning in the 2022-23 academic year. Ana Santos Rutschman, Professor; Brenner Fissell, Associate Professor; Stephen Olsen, Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program and Associate Professor of Practice; and Thomas Bennett, Visiting Associate Professor, will begin their tenures in the fall semester. This year, Villanova Law also welcomes four visiting faculty members: Ben Cavataro, Catherine Baylin Duryea, Daniel Friedman and Amanda Rogers.

AUGUST 22, 2022

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Welcome, Class of 2025

Welcome, Class of 2025

Hailing from 29 states, the District of Columbia and two international countries, the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Class of 2025 joined the community on-campus this week. The 186 incoming students from the Class of 2025 began their Villanova experience on August 16, when they arrived at Scarpa Hall for three days of orientation activities.

AUGUST 16, 2022

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AT A GLANCE

12

MILES OUTSIDE
PHILADELPHIA

  

275+

EXTERNSHIPS IN NONPROFIT,
CORPORATE & GOVERNMENT

  

6

in-house
legal clinics

  

178

STUDENTS ENTERING
THE CLASS OF 2023

  

40+

SBA-SUPPORTED
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

  

11,000

ALUMNI
WORLDWIDE

  

Advocates. Scholars. Leaders.

CENTERS & INSTITUTES