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

Summer Externships


Summer Externship Program participants can earn three (3) academic credits through guided and close learning experiences with practitioners in judicial chambers, government offices, non-profit organizations, corporate legal departments and private firms.  

    To gain academic credit, each participant attends an Orientation in May that is taught by legal research and writing faculty as well as the Director of Experiential Learning. Online class meetings in June and July facilitate student reflection on their work experiences.  Additional details about summer externship activities are posted on the "Summer Externships" page.