Today’s lawyers practice more than just law. They serve their clients and organizations as business consultants, problem solvers and financial strategists. In turn, employers look for legal professionals who can read a financial statement as well as they can write an opening statement, and have not only first-rate analytic skills, but also the real-world experiences necessary to hit the ground running on day one of practice.

At Villanova Law we revolutionized legal education by pushing the boundaries of traditional legal instruction. Guided by our Where Law Meets Business philosophy, our programming infuses vital business principles, professional skills, ethical training and practical experience into every student’s education. Through critical coursework, week-long mandatory Business Modules, six clinics and 275+ externship placements each year, Villanova students learn by doing so they graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for success.

Whether you pursue corporate, criminal, government or public interest practice, Villanova Law will prepare you to understand how legal services are funded and how the legal profession operates as a business. Through Villanova Law’s Where Law Meets Business programming, you will become the kind of lawyer today’s competitive job market demands.


In Practice

Why Where Law Meets Business? In today's world, lawyers are increasingly asked to do more than write briefs and defend clients. Even if you want to be a trial attorney, you can benefit from having an education in business fundamentals. Where Law Meets Business comes into play in the real-world when attorneys:

  • Balance a budget as a Managing Attorney at a human rights organization
  • Interpret a tax return as an attorney working at a Big Four accounting firm
  • Counsel a start-up client on whether they should incorporate as a LLC, S-Corp or 501 c(3)
  • Read financial statements as a criminal attorney when prosecuting a white collar crime



Key to Villanova's Where Law Meets Business philosophy are the Business Modules—two required and credit-bearing courses that broaden your business knowledge and prepares you for today’s fast-paced marketplace.