Centers and Institutes

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is home to an Institute and four Centers of Excellence which provide students the opportunity to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary legal fields through study, practical experience and mentorship.


The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation

The Institute seeks to educate and provide technical assistance to those who respond to commercial sexual exploitation in Pennsylvania and to promote victim-centered, multidisciplinary collaboration.


The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance

The Center addresses important and emerging ethical and compliance issues in law and business. It oversees the design of new coursework and special academic programs and brings leading experts and scholars to the Law School for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. 


The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy builds upon the Law School’s Augustinian Catholic mission and will create opportunities for new curriculum focused on advocacy, law and religion.


The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law

Through symposia, the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal and other programming, the Center provides expert analysis of key issues in the sports industry. It also prepares students for sports-related careers through academic programming, externship opportunities, scholarship and research.


The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship

Offering cross-disciplinary programs, groundbreaking coursework and real-world learning opportunities, the Center ensures that students receive a legal education infused with business principles so that they can be the kind of lawyers today's interconnected world demands.