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Central to Villanova’s cutting-edge approach to legal education is the John F. Scarpa Center for Entrepreneurship and Law, which serves as the hub for the School’s cross-disciplinary programming, groundbreaking coursework and real-world learning opportunities. 

Under the auspices of the Center, new learning modules— focused on the intersection of business and law—were added to the School’s core curriculum for JD candidates. These courses are designed to immerse all Villanova students in the practical application of their law studies and better prepare them for today’s business-centric legal practice.

Vital hands-on experience is also offered through the Center’s Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, which provides legal services to start-up ventures and budding entrepreneurs and serves as a resource for the Law School, the University, and the Delaware Valley region. Working with full-time faculty, clinic students become a primary counselor to emerging businesses—advising on a diverse array of challenges common to launching, operating and growing sustainable ventures. While contributing to the Greater Philadelphia entrepreneurial ecosystem, students are empowering local innovators to turn their dreams into realities.

The Center serves as a hub for academic and practical discussions regarding business and the law. It hosts dozens of speakers from practice and the business world each year, along with a number of professors from business schools and law schools who share their cutting-edge scholarship with our faculty and students. Finally, the Center serves as the Law School’s point of contact with the University’s ICE Institute and all of the entrepreneurship-related programming it provides for the Villanova community.

Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute

The ICE Institute is an innovative driver of scholastic, educational and professional development opportunities in the related areas of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship within the Villanova community. The ICE Institute has a multi-disciplinary and cross-college focus and seeks to advance the University’s strategy by fostering cross-college learning and embedding entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the Villanova culture.

The John F. Scarpa Center for Entrepreneurship and Law 
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085