Welcome, Class of 2026

Orientation Class of 2026

Hailing from 25 states, the District of Columbia and the Republic of South Korea, the Class of 2026 began their law school journey earlier this month. With impressive academic credentials and diverse backgrounds, this year’s entering class prepares to become principled leaders in the law profession.

The 163 incoming students from the Class of 2026 began their Villanova experience on August 15, when they arrived at Scarpa Hall for three days of orientation activities. On the first day, students were welcomed by The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, University president and Mark C. Alexander, the Arthur J. Kania Dean and professor of law. They also took the professional oath, administered by Villanova Law alum and retired judge, Hon. Kathryn Streeter Lewis ’76, marking their official entry into the legal profession. During their orientation, students engaged in mock classes, participated in health and wellbeing seminars and became acquainted with their fellow classmates. Their introduction to Villanova Law culminated in a community picnic sponsored by the Alumni Association with faculty, staff, alumni and current students.

In his welcome address, Dean Alexander reminded students of the importance of learning to become principled leaders within the legal profession.

“Law school is a transformative experience – I learned so much about becoming a lawyer, but more importantly about becoming a leader,” remarked Dean Alexander. “You as lawyers have the power to change a person's life, or even impact the lives of millions of people with a single case. That’s leadership.”

Villanova Law excitedly welcomes these new students, commends them for their accomplishments and looks forward to their contributions to our community over the next three years and beyond.