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Week of 26 November 2018

Events This Week


Discussion on Mid-Term Elections

Monday, November 26, 12:15pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Please join Dean Alexander for a discussion about the midterm elections. 


SBA’s Midnight Breakfast

Monday, November 26, 4-6pm in the Blank Rome LLP Dining Room

Take a break from your exam studies to eat breakfast for dinner!



The Trap: The Deadly Sex Trafficking Cycle in American Prisons

Tuesday, November 27, 5:30-8:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ‘71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation and The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance will host a screening and panel of the film “The Trap: The Deadly Sex Trafficking Cycle in American Prisons”. The film follows the stories of women caught in the trap of criminal exploitation and incarceration and those trying to stop some of America’s most vulnerable women from falling under the control of human traffickers. This event is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 substantive CLE Credits.


Coming Events   

Mandatory Module Week

January 7-11


Spring Semeseter Classes Begin

Monday, January 14



Good Luck on Exams!

Information regarding exam times, rooms, and permitted materials is available at


Law Library: Quiet Study Space and Access

When studying for finals, please be aware that the Law Library is a quiet study area. Please leave the Library to engage in conversation or to talk on the phone. Disruptive behavior should be reported to the Circulation/ Reserve Desk or to Public Safety. Also, the Library has a limited supply of earplugs – ask for them at the Desk. Note that access to the Law Library is restricted to Villanova Law ID holders starting Tuesday, November 27th. Please show your ID when you enter the law library and do not allow unauthorized people to enter the building after hours. Good luck on your exams!


It’s the Finals Countdown—Are You Ready?

Looking for study aids, sample questions, or old exams? Check out the Study Aids & Exam Strategies research guide for a list of all Examples & Explanations, Understanding Series, Black Letter Outlines, and other study aids and hornbooks available in our print collection along with links to the online exam database, CALI exercises, and other online materials to get you ready for finals or help you finish up those research papers!


Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School, and within 75 feet of all buildings, which includes…

o    the front of the law school,

o    the walkway from the parking garage,

o    the outdoor dining area,

o    all entrances. 

This policy covers all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and dip). Thank you for your cooperation.


Dining Services Hours

The cafeteria will be open normal hours (M-F 8am-2:30pm) through Thursday, December 13th. On Friday, December 14th, the cafeteria will close at 11am, and will resume normal operation on Monday, January 7th.

The coffee bar will be open normal hours (8am-9pm) through December 13th, and also the following times:

  • 10am-5pm Sat/Sunday, December 1, 2
  • 10am-5pm Sat/Sunday, December 8, 9
  • 8am-11am Friday, December 14th
  • 7:30am-3pm Monday-Friday, December 17-21
  • 7:30am-3pm Monday-Friday, January 2-11


Emergency Closing Information

The Law School rarely closes because of weather or emergency conditions, but should it become appropriate that information will be available on the Law School website, our Emergency Cancellation Line 610-519-7744, and a notice will be sent via Nova Alert. If you have not signed up for Nova Alert, you may do so online at MyNova>Novasis>Personal Information>Nova Alert – Sign-up.

The Emergency Cancellation Line is a listen-only number that will carry details regarding closing, late opening, early closing and library access. Please do not call the main number to obtain information available on the Emergency Cancellation Line.


Building Hours over Break

The Law School building will be closed from 5pm on Friday, December 21st through Tuesday, January 1st, and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd. During this time access to the building will be restricted to faculty and select staff members via Wildcard swipe.


Gazette Submission Deadline

This is the last Gavel Gazette for this semester. Items for the first issue in the next semester must be submitted to by 10am on Friday, January 11.


Writing Competitions

Writing Competition Guide

If you are interested in participating in one of the many annual law student writing competition, check out the Library Writing Competitions Guide: There is information in the Guide regarding the mechanics of writing for publication, as well as lists of open competitions.