Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship

The Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship (CFLE) provides pro bono legal services to Philadelphia-area community enterprises, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Many of CFLE's clients promote social and economic equity and are under resourced.

Clinic student attorneys can expect to advise clients on a wide range of transactional legal challenges common to launching, operating and growing sustainable businesses. CFLE students typically work in teams and assist their clients in structuring entities; drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts on their behalf; applying for tax-exempt status; governance; structuring relationships with stakeholders within an organization, including workers; land use; and maintaining regulatory compliance, among other things.

Each semester, students also work with community organizations to examine how transactional lawyers can support community led systemic change and empowerment.

For additional information on law and entrepreneurship at Villanova law, including non-clinical programming, visit The John F. Scarpa Center for Entrepreneurship and Law



  • Interviewing
  • Case Planning
  • Transactional Research
  • Fact Investigation and Due Diligence
  • Transactional Drafting
  • Counseling
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Negotiation
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  •  Community Lawyering


Abigail Wilson

"The Clinic for Law & Entrepreneurship was one of the major reasons I chose Villanova Law. As a student in the JD/MBA program, it was the perfect opportunity to utilize my business background and legal education simultaneously. I also appreciated the opportunity to learn how to affect major change within the legal community and beyond while still pursuing my interest in transactional law." - Abigail Wilson '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

Clinic for Law & Entrepreneur Director: Komal Vaidya, Assistant Professor of Law