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The Villanova Law Summer Externship Program

The Villanova Law Summer Externship Program ignites career-long learning in practice.  This unique educational program provides a platform for Law Students, Practitioners and Faculty Members to join in a collaborative learning enterprise that builds legal competency and professionalism.  More than just “doing” – this program teaches learning through doing.  At the Program’s Core: mindfully integrating legal theory with legal practice.

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Not just a summer,
a Villanova Law summer

Program Characteristics:

  • committment to 8 - 10 weeks of closely guided experiential learning
  • the ability to earn three (3) experiential education academic credits through an immersive experience (grading is pass/fail)
  • a pre-summer experiential-learning based orientation that primes the experience
  • guided written reflections to support better lawyering
  • live online class meetings providing the opportunity to gain practice insights from a range of legal work settings


Student Requirements:

  • attendance at a experiential-learning based orientation
  • participation in two online Summer Externship class sessions, one in June and one in July (dates to be determined)
  • submission of:
    • an executed Memorandum of Understanding (due at the beginning of the externship)
    • a completed Learning Objectives Worksheet (due at the beginning of the externship)
    • a completed Time Sheet (due at the end of the externship)
    • a Supervisor's Report (due at the end of the externship)
    • a Course Evaluation (due at the end of the externship)
  • online submission (via Blackboard) of:
    •  four reflective writing assignments

Additional forms can be found here.


Contact Matthew McGovern, Director of Experiential Learning

Financial Aid Information Form

to be filled out and turned in to the Office of Financial Aid if you need aid during a summer externship

Questions About Externships?

Contact Matthew McGovern
Director of Experiential Learning

Tel: 610-519-3893
Office: Room 158

Check our FAQs page

Director of Experiential Learning, Matt McGovern

Director of Experiential Learning, Matt McGovern

Matt manages the Law School’s Externship Program and teaches the classroom component of the judicial and non-judicial externship courses. Matt joined the Law School in 2007 as a librarian and legal research instructor.  He was appointed Director of Experiential Learning in 2015. Before pursuing a career at Villanova, Matt was a staff pharmacist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He also practiced law with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office where he represented the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Matt holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University.