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Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Villanova University School of Law


The Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is radically transforming the educational experience—offering law students the business skills and practical experience they need to thrive in today’s highly competitive landscape. Since its founding in 1953, Villanova Law has educated more than 10,000 lawyers to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  As a result, Villanova lawyers serve in positions of leadership and influence throughout the country and around the globe, including the former governor of Pennsylvania, former U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, the President of the AFL-CIO, and the general counsels of Fortune 500 companies. Villanova lawyers are also founding and managing partners at top law firms, federal and state judges, professors, CEOs, COOs, entrepreneurs, and successful lawyers, many of whom are recognized as being among the Best Lawyers in America and who have received numerous awards for their work in the community.

Highlights include:

  • Six leading degree programs: JD, JD/MBA with Villanova School of Business, JD/LLM in Taxation, JD/LLM - International Studies, LLM in Taxation / MT in Taxation with Villanova School of Business, and JD/MPA
  • An outstanding faculty composed of renowned scholars, dedicated educators and successful practitioners
  • Four Centers of Excellence — Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law; the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance; the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship; and the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy — which provide students the opportunity to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary legal fields through study, practical experience and mentorship
  • Seven in-house law firms —Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship; Federal Tax Clinic; Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic; Federal Tax Clinic; Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Immigrant Services (CARES); Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic; Civil Justice Clinic; and Advanced Advocacy Clinic — which allow students to earn credit while representing real clients with critical legal issues under the direct supervision of a full-time faculty member
  • An expansive externship program that offers students the hands-on experience needed to excel as lawyers
  • Duane Morris LLP Legal Writing Program that helps students develop their legal writing skills through all three years of study
  • A state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified building

Comprehensive Campaign Priorities  

  • Expand student opportunities and financial aid—Provide scholarship aid for the best and the brightest, and ensure we continue to mentor and mold the leaders of tomorrow
  • Attract and support world-class teacher-scholars—Recruit and retain exceptional faculty, and support the development of new coursework and teaching approaches that will continue to bolster the reputation of a Villanova law degree
  • Cultivate curricular innovation—Opportunities for innovative programs will be boundless through Villanova Law’s Centers of Excellence, externship program, and clinics
  • Position Villanova Law for continued excellence—Transform the Law School today through the Fund for Villanova Law, our annual fund, and tomorrow through our endowment


Contact Us

Kevin Noller

Ed Stephen '05
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085