Litigation Practice

If you are like many students, you may expect to become a litigator. As a litigator, you would represent your clients in the adversarial resolution of legal disputes through the trial process or some alternative method of dispute resolution as distinguished from representing a client in a legal transaction or advising the client on matters affected by the law. Like many litigators, you might handle a wide range of civil cases ranging from personal injury cases to construction cases or family law disputes. Alternatively, you might specialize in a particular area of law, such as corporate/business, tort, employment and labor, or criminal law. The courses suggested below are those designed to develop and hone your knowledge of procedure and the skills essential to be an effective litigator with an emphasis on tort law. As you select additional electives, you should seek to acquire a foundation in other specialty areas that have a significant litigation component.

General Courses

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Torts
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Beyond the Constitution
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Enforcing the Constitution
  • Complex Litigation Theory & Practice
  • Computer Apps in Litigation
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Criminal Prosecution in the 21st Century
  • Damages
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Federal Courts/Federal Systems
  • Insurance Law
  • Interviewing/Counseling
  • Law and Psychology
  • Law, Science and Advocacy
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy
  • Patent Litigation
  • Pennsylvania Civil Procedure
  • Trial Advocacy
    • Intensive Trial Advocacy
    • Trial Practice Competition
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy (Civil and Criminal)
  • Villanova Sentencing Workshop
  • Workers' Compensation Law


Practical Writing Courses

  • Advanced Legal Writing (6th Semester Legal Writing Course)
  • Civil Pretrial Practice
  • Divorce Practice & Procedure
  • Litigation Drafting
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement (6th Semester Legal Writing Course)

Research Paper Courses

  • Advanced Insurance Law
  • Securities Litigation




Clinics and Externships


Litigation Practice Area