Supporting Enterprising Entrepreneurs
In each of Villanova Law’s seven in-house clinics, students are the primary advocates for their clients—allowing them the opportunity to counsel, negotiate, draft legal documents and argue in court. But beyond practical experience, clinic students, like Alex Madrak ’15 and Brad Marcum ’15, connect with the community they serve.
“The company's co-founders did not treat us like law students; they treated us like their attorneys with whom they tasked important and meaningful work,” said Madrak. “As the semester progressed, their business goals for our work evolved. I learned to embrace change—change course, change the objectives of the final product and change any feeling of self-doubt into one of confidence in being able to deliver a suitable product.”
He continued, that in the end, “we created a practical, usable and legally sound product that met the goals of our client. It instilled newfound confidence in my abilities to be an attorney.”
In concert with The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, the Clinic advances Villanova Law’s commitment to educate lawyers who understand both the business of law and the needs of business clients. With support, supervision and individualized mentoring from faculty, students are vested with primary responsibility for advising both for-profit and non-profit enterprises on a diverse array of challenges common to launching, operating and growing sustainable businesses.