Todd Aagaard

Vice Dean & Professor of Law


Dean Aagaard joined the Villanova Law School faculty in 2008 and became Vice Dean in 2015. As Vice Dean, he oversees academic affairs, admissions and financial aid, career strategy, administration (including communications, human resources, and facilities management), and faculty research.

Dean Aagaard's scholarship focuses on environmental law, energy law, and administrative law.  His publications include Energy-Environment Policy Alignments, 90 Wash. L. Rev. 1517 (2015); Environmental Law Outside the Canon, 89 Ind. L.J. 1239 (2014); Environmental Harms, Use Conflicts, and Neutral Baselines in Environmental Law, 60 Duke L.J. 1505 (2011); Environmental Law as a Legal Field: An Inquiry in Legal Taxonomy, 95 Cornell L. Rev. 221 (2010); and Factual Premises of Statutory Interpretation in Agency Review Cases, 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (2009). In addition, he is a co-author of Practicing Environmental Law, a practice-based environmental law casebook published in 2017 by Foundation Press.

Dean Aagaard received his B.A. with honors from Pomona College, his M.S. from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.  While at Michigan, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review and an Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.  Following completion of his J.D. and M.S. degrees, he clerked for Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi, before joining the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as an attorney in the Appellate Section.  At the Justice Department, he briefed and argued civil and criminal cases in federal courts of appeals in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, Indian law, and administrative law.

Practice Experience

  • Judicial Clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi of the Second Circuit
  • Appellate Attorney, U.S. Dep't of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Joined the faculty in 2008
Professor Todd Aagaard

Office: Rm 377, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-7006
Fax: 610-519-6472


Courses and Seminars

  • Advanced Environmental Law Practice
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Property
  • Regulatory State
  • Risk and the Law


University of Michigan Law School, JD

(Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review)


University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment, MS

Pomona College, BA (With Honors)