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Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA [By Heather Jung] Villanova University School of Law was founded in 1953 after the prominent New York attorney Eugene Lester Garey donated $1.2 million to Villanova to establish the school. Villanova is associated with the Augustinian monastic order of the Roman Catholic Church. As such, the school is deeply dedicated to the Catholic credo that, according to the school’s website, “emphasizes the unique value of individual human lives and our endowment with free will. It inspires us to provide a professional education emphasizing honesty, integrity, and responsibility.” In his letter of welcome, Dean Mark Sargent says that community, justice, service, and excellence are not just catch-phrases, but integral parts of the school’s foundation.

Villanova is ranked number 60 on U.S.

20 percent of the student body is involved

“You will find much more than a

News and World Report’s list of the Top 100 Law Schools. According to the school’s admissions website, of the 2,834 applicants for the 2006 entering class, 248 are currently enrolled. The median GPA was 3.44 and the median LSAT score was 162. The website also says that 95% of the class of 2005 has reported that they are employed or seeking post-J.D. education nine months after graduating.

in the program. Other pro bono programs

conglomeration of unrelated specialties

at Villanova include VITA (Volunteer Income

and separate programs. You will find a

Tax Assistance), the PIRC Habeas Project,

commitment to a coherent plan of general

and the Chester County “Street Law” Legal

legal education offered by deeply engaged,

Education.

accessible teachers,” Dean Sargent said. “You will find a sophisticated advanced

There are 34 organizations for students to

curriculum that will prepare you for practice

get involved in. The school’s website says

in transactional law or in litigation, in a

that “student life at Villanova Law is enriched

big firm or a small one, in a DA’s office or

and diversified by its student organizations,

a public defender’s, in a federal agency in

extracurricular activities, and sense of

Washington or a general counsel’s office in a

One of the emphases at the school of law

community and tradition.” Organizations

large corporation, in an office on Main Street,

is “experiential learning.” To that end,

include the American Constitution Society;

U.S.A., or in a multinational firm in Paris or

students are encouraged to learn through

the Tax Law Society; United Front; and Men

Dubai. You will find Villanova graduates in

hands-on and out-of-classroom experiences,

Against Violence, Rape, Intimidation, and

all those places. We take pride in knowing

such as externships, clinics, national

Coercion.

that Villanova Law prepares our students splendidly for any legal career they choose

competitions, and volunteer opportunities. The Villanova Law J. Willard O’Brien

This summer, the School of Law and the

American Inn of Court is a group of judges,

University of St. Thomas School of Law will

lawyers, students, and other people involved

host the first annual Summer Law Study

in academia who meet monthly in order to

Abroad Program in Rome. The program,

network and discuss matters important to

which will run from July 2 through August

lawyers such as ethics and professionalism.

4, will allow students to earn up to six hours of credit while exploring all of the sights

As students at a Catholic institution, students

and experiences the Italian city has to offer.

at Villanova are encouraged to participate

Each year, four rotating classes will be

in pro bono work. To make pro bono work

offered. For the 2007 program, the classes

important to the students, the school has

offered will be Complex Litigation in the

created the Lawyering Together program,

United States and Abroad; International Art

which pairs law students with practicing

and Cultural Property Law; Modern Catholic

attorneys to help work on a pro bono case.

Teaching on the State, Society, Justice, and

According to the school’s site, more than

Law; and Religion in Public Life.

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to pursue.” ON THE NET Villanova University School of Law www.law.villanova.edu Pro Bono at Villanova www.law.villanova.edu/experientiallearning/ publicinterestprobono History of Villanova www.law.villanova.edu/aboutvls/history


Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA