At Villanova Law, we are focused on preparing our students for success in an increasingly competitive legal market. Guided by our Where Law Meets Business philosophy, our legal education prepares students with academic, professional and practical skills coveted by employers.
Central to this approach is Villanova’s focus on experiential learning. Here, students get hands-on experience tailored to their career interests through our six in-house clinics and 250+ externships—including placements in nonprofit, government and corporate settings.
Clinic students earn credit while representing real clients with critical legal issues under the direct supervision of a full-time faculty member in our six in-house law firms—Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship; the Federal Tax Clinic; Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic; Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrants Services (CARES); Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic; and Civil Justice Clinic. They also have the option to expand their clinical experience through our Advanced Advocacy Clinic.
As primary advocates for their clients, students interview and counsel, negotiate agreements, structure deals, draft legal documents and appear in court. Clinic students develop the legal and professional skills to become effective attorneys all while serving the community and changing lives
At Villanova, externships are rigorously supervised, semester-long learning opportunities. Students are paired with and meet regularly with a Villanova faculty adviser who has expertise in the area of placement. On-site field instructors work with students and faculty to establish and work toward key learning objectives.
Externships are credit-earning and can be tailored to individual career interests. Placements expand beyond the Philadelphia region and across all areas of law.