Business & Transactional Practice

Business and Transactional Practice is an umbrella term that encompasses several areas of law in which attorneys assist clients in solving business issues. These areas include corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, investment management, bankruptcy, hedge funds, venture capital and corporate compliance. These lawyers practice in and serve a variety of industries, including finance, healthcare, communications, entertainment and nonprofit, to name a few.

Instead of litigating cases, attorneys in this field assist their clients in achieving their business goals by drafting and reviewing contracts; negotiating the financing, acquisition or sale of companies; incorporating or restructuring organizations; and preparing required disclosure documents.

Reflective of our Where Law Meets Business approach, Villanova Law’s programs infuse vital business principles, professional skills, ethical training and practical experiences into each student’s education. The School’s John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship serves as the hub for cross-disciplinary programming and innovative coursework. Our required business modules introduce all first and second-year students to key financial concepts, including financial statements, valuation and the economics of law firms. The rigorous Duane Morris LLP Legal Writing program provides a strong foundation and offers an upper-level transactional course in which students learn to draft the documents needed to represent clients in typical business settings. Students pursuing this practice area also have the opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience in the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, which regularly handles business-related cases.

Those interested in a more intensive experience in this field may pursue the Business Law Concentration or a JD/MBA offered in partnership with the Villanova School of Business. Through the concentration, students gain an even stronger foundation in business law with required coursework in business organizations, corporate finance, securities regulation, accounting, federal taxation and business tax. Those enrolled in the Reza Taleghani JD/MBA program concurrently pursue advanced degrees in both law and business, typically graduating within three years with both degrees.

Villanova Law is ideally located just short drive or train ride from Philadelphia and Delaware, each home to major corporations and firms specializing in Business Law. Students are encouraged to pursue an externship in the field and may seek placements in a variety of practice settings, including in corporations and law firms (see below for a list of recent placements). Externships are supervised by both an on-site field instructor and a full-time faculty member who works closely with each student to monitor progress and to ensure overall professional development.

The below list highlights Villanova Law courses that are fundamentally associated with this practice area.

Of the courses listed below, the foundational doctrinal courses—Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Constitutional Law and Torts—and an upper level Legal Writing (Transactional or Litigation) are required. The remaining courses are helpful but not required for those interested in the field.·         Accounting for Lawyers

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Planning
  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Contract Drafting
  • Corporate Compliance Risk Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Drafting Business Transactions
  • E-business
  • Insurance Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • Introduction to Business and Economic Analysis
  • Introduction to Federal Taxation
  • Law and Entrepreneurship
  • Law of Investment Management
  • Legal Writing 3: Transactional
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy
  • Regulation of Financial Institutions
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Securities Litigation
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Selected Topics in Securities Law
  • Survey of Business Tax

The below list highlights Villanova Law courses that are related, but not necessarily essential to this practice area. Students interested in this field may consider enrolling in these courses to supplement their studies. 

  • Administrative Rulemaking: The Regulatory Process
  • Advanced Insurance Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporate and White Collar Crime
  • Health Care Business and Compliance
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Law and Economics
  • Leader and Manager Skills


Clinics and Externships

  • Federal Tax Clinic
  • Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • FisherZucker
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hamilton Lane
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Pepper Hamilton
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General (Consumer Protection)
  • Saint Gobain
  • UGI Corporation-Amerigas
  • Wawa
Business & Transactional Practice