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Villanova Law’s Civil Justice Clinic provides pro bono legal services to low-income people in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties. Over the course of a semester, clinic students represent several clients who are involved in a variety of civil disputes involving family law, housing, employment and government benefits.

In the Civil Justice Clinic, Villanova Law students serve as the primary advocates for their clients, oftentimes representing them through the entire lifecycle of their case. Beginning with a client’s initial intake interview and possibly continuing through to an eventual hearing, student attorneys form meaningful and impactful attorney-client relationships that can change a client’s life, while at the same time providing students with unmatched first-hand legal experience.  



  • Client Interviewing and Counseling
  • Attorney/Client Relationship Management
  • Case Planning
  • Fact Investigation
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Hearing Preparation
  • Negotiation
  • Trial Skills


Meaghan Geatens

"Working in the Civil Justice Clinic was one of my favorite experiences at Villanova Law. It gave me practical litigation experience and allowed me to develop a love for pro bono work. I had the opportunity to appear in court and draft pleadings on cases, and the best part was developing meaningful relationships with my clients and seeing the impact that our legal assistance had on their lives."
- Meaghan Geatens '20

If you have questions about the clinics please contact the clinic office. Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate clinic.

Villanova University
Charles Widger School of Law
Clinical Program

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Civil Justice Clinic Director: Deeya Haldar, Associate Professor of Law