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Business Modules



Villanova Law's mandatory Business Modules bring Where Law Meets Business to life with required and credit-bearing courses.


Joseph Del Raso Business and Financial Literacy for Lawyers

The 1L Business Module, Joseph Del Raso Business and Financial Literacy for Lawyers, introduces first-year students to critical business, finance and accounting concepts, such as financial statements and valuation principles. Under the direction of Professor Mary Ann Robinson, students work in small groups and put newly learned business and financial concepts into practice. They are challenged to work together, under the guidance of volunteer practitioners, through real-life legal scenarios—such as the negotiation of the sale and purchase of a business. By the end of the week, students can identify and understand the business and financial issues that can impact the work they are doing on behalf of clients.


Business Aspects of Law

Business Aspects of Law is the 2L Business Module, run by Professor Lund. Already armed with the basic finance and accounting concepts introduced to them during their 1L year, students take a deeper dive into the structure, personnel and economics of legal practice. The course was designed in consultation with law firm and in-house leaders and tailored to what graduates need to know to succeed in their respective organizations. Practitioners from various settings – from global firms to small boutiques, from giant corporations to family businesses, from non-profits to government – show the students how different legal organizations run their business. Putting this knowledge into practice, students are broken into small teams and tasked with a simulation that requires them to run the general counsel’s office at a multinational corporation.


Heather R. Alleva, Associate, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Thomas Biron, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Vincent J. Cannizzaro III, Esq., Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Douglas Coopersmith, Shareholder, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Anthony J. Donofrio, Managing Director of Co-Investment and Legal Team at Hamilton Lane Incorporated

Steven T. Hanford, Counsel, Silverang, Rosenzweig & Haltzman LLC

James B. Jumper, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Kristin Jumper, Senior Corporate Counsel, Hamilton Lane

Daniel W. McDonough, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Steven W. Smith, Shareholder, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Thomas G. Spencer, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

William Wagner, Partner, Venable LLP

Laura Warren, Head of Tax, Legal, Hamilton Lane