A Wealth of Clinical Opportunities
For success in today’s competitive landscape, our graduates need more than a strong academic foundation in law. They need the vital hands-on skills acquired through Villanova’s robust experiential learning program, which includes seven clinics and 200+ externship opportunities.
The legal clinics at Villanova act as in-house law firms. Participating students earn credit while representing real clients with critical legal issues under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students serve as the primary counselor and advocate for their clients. Through interviewing and counseling, negotiating agreements, structuring business relationships, drafting legal documents and arguing in court, students develop the skills needed to become effective lawyers.
Our clinic offerings include:
- Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship – Assist social ventures and entrepreneurs with business-related, transactional legal matters.
- Federal Tax Clinic – Advocate for low-income taxpayers in their disputes before the IRS and in Federal Courts.
- Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic – Provide legal representation to Pennsylvania farmworkers and their families in employment, immigration and custody matters. This is the first program of its kind in the country.
- Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) – Represent refugees who have fled human rights abuses in their home countries to seek asylum in the U.S.
- Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic – Litigate low-income clients’ rights at the intersection of law and medicine: surrogate decision-making, disability, and coverage disputes with health insurers.
- Civil Justice Clinic – Litigate in courts and administrative agencies in multiple areas of law, including family, housing, consumer and employment, on behalf of low-income clients.
- Advanced Advocacy Clinic – After completing a semester in a clinic, students may expand their practice experiences by working on complex matters with any of the clinic faculty.
The impact of a Villanova Law Clinic experience
Evan Busteed '16
Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
“The confidence that comes from actually stepping into the role of counselor and advising your client is invaluable. I understood the gravity of advising a small business and my clients knew that I was prepared and took my counsel seriously. Ultimately, my experience in the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship elevated me from a strong student to a confident capable attorney.”
Natasha Felder '16
Stoneleigh Foundation 2016 Emerging Leader Fellow, Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project
“In the Civil Justice Clinic, I applied my knowledge of contracts, family law and civil procedure to help real people in challenging legal situations. Through this hands-on work, I learned the importance of advocacy and compromise. Both are essential skills that work best when balanced together.”
Lany Villalobos '14
Law Clerk, United States Tax Court
“Working in the Federal Tax Clinic taught me much more than tax controversy. Learning how to use my legal skills to advocate for real clients was the most important takeaway. The hands-on experience I gained as a clinic student was invaluable to launching my career as a public interest tax attorney.”
Joseph Catuzzi '14
Associate, Stradley Ronon
“When I saw the look on our client’s face as he realized he could begin a new, safe and free life in America, I felt the tremendous impact of our hard work.”