Experiential Learning Villanova University School of Law
200 WAYS TO BRING LEARNING TO LIFE In the study of law, there is no substitute for real-world experience. And when it comes to giving students hands-on opportunities, there is simply no place like Villanova University School of Law. We believe that a law school should provide a well-rounded legal education that seamlessly connects in-depth theoretical study to meaningful real-world applications. Practical experience puts your classroom training into perspective and differentiates you in the job market. That is why we are so committed to creating innovative and exciting experiential learning opportunities. Our extensive array of clinics, externships and trial advocacy programs allows you to hone your legal skills, exercise your professional judgment and prepare to excel as a Villanova lawyer. Graduates leave Villanova Law well trained in tangible legal skills, ready to practice and prepared to succeed in the workplace on day one.
WHAT IS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING? Everyone calls it something different. At Villanova Law, it means engaged learning that blends theory and coursework with hands-on experience in the form of:
In-House Clinics • Externships • Trial Advocacy • Pro Bono
BEGINNING WITH THE CLASS OF 2017,
OF STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN A CLINIC OR EXTERNSHIP
YOU ARE THE PRIMARY ADVOCATE, COUNSELOR AND LITIGATOR IN ONE OF VILLANOVA LAW’S
(IN-HOUSE LAW FIRMS).
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE ABOUNDS IN OUR
150+ EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
WHICH INCLUDE CORPORATE, NON-PROFIT, JUDICIAL AND GOVERNMENT PLACEMENTS.
10 TRIAL ADVOCACY
8 TO 35 HOURS:
COURSES OFFERED, WITH OUR
AMOUNT OF TIME EACH
NATIONAL TRIAL TEAM PARTICIPATING IN
PARTICIPATING STUDENT SPENDS ON
NUMEROUS COMPETITIONS EACH YEAR
CLINIC CASEWORK EACH WEEK
CLINICS Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship: Provide legal services to start-up ventures and budding entrepreneurs. Assist clients on a wide range of business-related legal matters, including corporate formation, intellectual property, contracts, labor compliance and tax. Federal Tax Clinic: Provide legal service to low-income taxpayers with disputes before the IRS and in Federal Courts.
Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES): Represent refugees who have fled human rights abuses in their home countries and seek religious or political asylum in the United States. Manage asylum cases and represent clients before an Immigration Judge.
Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic: Through the only program of its kind in the country, agricultural laborers in Pennsylvania and beyond receive quality, compassionate legal representation. Work with Spanish-speaking clients through interpreters and manage off-site client consultation settings. Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic: Work collaboratively with graduate nursing students to help low-income clients understand and assert their rights within the health care system and to overcome barriers to accessing necessary treatment. Civil Justice Clinic: Represent low-income clients in a range of civil legal matters, including custody, support, disability, housing and employment. Advanced Advocacy Clinic: Students who have already completed a semester in the clinical program may be eligible to continue with their studies by participating in this advanced course.
LAW IN OUR
SEVEN IN-HOUSE FIRMS Villanova Law’s seven clinical courses provide invaluable, supervised practice experience. Under the guidance of full-time Villanova faculty, you are the primary advocate, counselor and litigator—representing clients who are facing serious legal issues in which basic human needs are often at stake. As a clinic student, you will not only develop the skills to become an effective lawyer—you will have the opportunity to serve the community and change lives while earning your JD.
Participating in the clinic was a career-affirming experience. Hands-on experience taught me more
about being a lawyer than any textbook or lecture.
—Alanna Kearney ’15, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic student
INVALUABLE REAL-WORLD WORK EXPERIENCE At Villanova, our externship placements go beyond the typical non-profit organizations and government agencies to encompass opportunities at Big Law firms and multinational corporations. Apply to work at one of more than 40 established and approved field placements, or propose your own, and we will work with you to create the externship of your dreams. As an extern, you will develop essential lawyering skills, expand your network and explore career paths. Many students develop relationships with mentors and colleagues that endure long after law school.
Villanova students quickly grasp complicated legal issues and have excellent research, writing and analytical skills. They take great pride in all that they do and always deliver the highest caliber work product. They are also professional and personable individuals who integrate
easily into Wawa’s in-house department.
—Katherine J. Dickinson, Associate General Counsel, Wawa Inc. Travis Nembhard ’13 participated in an internship in the Office of White House Counsel
EXTERNSHIPS Villanova Law students have participated in externships at several prestigious organizations, including:
Villanova Law School recognizes the value of combining both theory and practice in the curriculum. That is why, starting with the class of 2017, all students are required to complete one externship or clinical course.
• The Barnes Foundation • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia • Defender Association of Philadelphia • Deutsche Bank AG • DLA Piper • GlaxoSmithKline PLC • Office of the District Attorney–City of Philadelphia • Office of White House Counsel • Pennsylvania Innocence Project • Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General • Reed Smith LLP • SAP AG • Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP • Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC • U.S. Department of Education • U.S. Department of Homeland Security • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission • United Nations–Vienna, Austria • Wawa Inc. Please visit www.law.villanova.edu/externships for a complete list of externship offerings.
CURRICULUM • In Trial Advocacy, you will receive a strong foundation in the fundamentals of trial preparation, techniques and tactics by handling simulated trial problems.
• Evidence examines the rules governing the admission, exclusion and presentation of evidence in judicial proceedings.
• Students interested in honing courtroom skills are encouraged to take Intensive Trial Advocacy in their second year. This course covers examinations, exhibits, making and responding to objections, and overall trial strategy.
• Villanova Law offers three Advanced Trial Advocacy courses: ° Advanced Trial Advocacy, Civil and Criminal ° David E. Worby Course in Advanced Trial Advocacy ° Advanced Trial Advocacy, Criminal
COMPETITIONS • The Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition is an intra-school tournament that has become a hallmark of the Villanova Law experience. Former judges for the final round of the Reimel Competition have included Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Samuel A. Alito, Antonin Scalia and Thurgood Marshall.
• For a small group of outstanding student trial advocates, we offer Trial Advocacy Competition, a course for the members of Villanova Law's award-winning National Trial Team.
Preparing law students to become courtroom-ready advocates is the cornerstone of Villanova Law’s Trial Advocacy program. Through comprehensive coursework and competition experience, you will learn the essential elements of trial practice: fact analysis, pretrial case preparation, persuasive speech, witness examination and evidence. Each class takes place in one of our five state-of-the-art courtroom-style classrooms, and every course takes a performance-based, learn-by-doing approach. Seasoned attorneys, experienced court judges and even a theater professor will work with you and challenge you to think, communicate and perform like a trial lawyer.
At Villanova Law, I learned the essentials of trial advocacy: understanding the importance of trial theory, the pacing of examinations, and the importance of making a closing argument that persuades the jury in my favor. There is no doubt that I am
a better lawyer thanks to Villanova’s Trial Advocacy program.
—Michael Drossner ’01, Principal, Drossner Law, PC
Looking for more hands-on learning opportunities? Villanova Law gives you the chance to gain real-world experience, serve the local community and network with practicing attorneysâ€”all at the same time. Our Pro Bono Programs provide students with exciting and rewarding ways to deliver legal services to underserved communities. Pro Bono placements include law firms, legal aid groups, in-house programs and nonprofit organizationsâ€”with cases covering a broad spectrum of legal matters. Students also can participate in our Lawyering Together program, an innovative partnership that matches law students with Villanova Law alumni to represent disadvantaged clients on pro bono cases. To learn more about pro bono programs, visit www.law.villanova.edu/probono.
The strength of the Villanova experience comes from a shared responsibility to uphold the ideals of our Augustinian Catholic tradition. Here, students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING DVEERA SEGAL DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL PROGRAMS AND PROFESSOR OF LAW Professor Dveera Segal joined the Villanova Law faculty in the fall of 1999. Her legal career has been as an advocate for the poor, as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, the Delaware County Legal Assistance Association and as a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Segal is co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, Vice President of the board of directors of HIAS PA, and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Her expertise and interests focus on poverty law, public interest practice and civil litigation. She holds a JD from Harvard University, and a BA and MA from the State University of New York at Albany.
DIRECTORS PETER J. THOMPSON DIRECTOR OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Peter Thompson joined the Villanova University School of Law as the Director of Experiential Learning in 2013. Prior to this, he founded the Immigration Law Clinic at the Charlotte School of Law, and served as trial and appellate counsel, and Director of the Defender Immigration Project at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Thompson often is called to guest lecture at law schools, colleges and universities regarding immigration and trial advocacy. He holds an LLM in Trial Advocacy, with honors, from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, a JD from Villanova University School of Law, a MEd from Widener University School of Education and a BA from Villanova University.
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