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 journal and video reflections to support better lawyering (plan, do, reflect, integrate)
  • constructive reflection pre-, during, and post-experience with practitioners

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

Villanova Law's 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, and private firms.  

    To gain academic credit, each participant attends an Orientation each May that is taught by practitioners experienced in mentoring and supporting law student learning. Additional details about Orientation will be posted as each summer approaches.