Independent Placements

Student John Rafferty's Interned with the Polaris Project in Washington DC


     If no available clinic or established externship offers the experience you seek, students may propose and seek approval for an independent placement. To do so, please review the law school's Externship Policy to determine whether your proposed externship experience will qualify. The policy requires an Advising Faculty Member and an identifiable Field Instructor at the placement site.

    The policy also requires that for three (3) credits, 135 hours of experiential hours be completed; for four (4) credits, 180 hours; for six (6) credits, 270 hours; 6 credits over two semesters, 280 hours; 12 credits, 540 hours. Please note that experiential hours do not include time spent conferencing with the Advising Faculty Member or commuting to and from the Field Placement.

    An externship that does not comply with any aspect of the policy must be approved by the full faculty after review by the Curriculum Committee. In special circumstances, when truly unusual and valuable opportunities have presented themselves, students have obtained approval of externships outside the specific provisions of the policy.

   Once you have secured an externship, you must submit the Externship and Practicum Enrollment Form to be enrolled in the externship. If approved, you should make any necessary adjustments to your course schedule and then contact the Registrar to be enrolled.

Externship Information Form

to be filled out and turned in to the Office of Financial Aid

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.