We’re radically transforming the educational experience— offering law students the business skills and practical experience they need to thrive in today’s highly competitive landscape.
VILLANOVA University School of Law
Where Law Meets Business
At Villanova, we are committed to your future success. When we surveyed business and law firm recruiters and asked them what they want when hiring law school graduates, the overwhelming response was that they want lawyers with PRACTICAL SKILLS. They want graduates not only to have first-rate analytic skills, but real-world experiences so that they can hit the ground running on day one. And no matter what their chosen field, employers want graduates who are business savvy, because today the practice of law is more interconnected with business, and this knowledge is required to effectively serve the diverse needs of clients.
Central to our Where Law Meets Business philosophy is a newly-enhanced curriculum that will not just hone your advocacy and writing skills through an intensive writing program and more than 150 externship opportunities, but also broaden your business knowledge through newly designed courses on financial literacy, valuation principles and legal project management.
The strength of the Villanova experience also 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.
In short, you will leave these halls with the ability to practice according to the highest legal and ethical standards, and with the practical skills necessary to serve you along your path to success.
ovaLaw John Gotanda Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law 1
The new Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation space is used for meetings, group study and classroom work. Designed to foster collaboration, it features flexible workspaces with dry-erase walls and video teleconferencing equipment. 2
CENTER FOR LAW, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
Villanova’s new Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation brings Where Law Meets Business to life with required and credit-bearing courses and its own clinic, all of which prepare you for today’s fast-paced legal marketplace. • Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship: Students assist startups and entrepreneurs in the formation of new enterprises. Business-related legal matters include corporate formation and development, contracts, labor compliance and tax.
• Joseph Del Raso Financial Literacy for Lawyers Course (1L): Master financial statements and gain an understanding of important business concepts. Then put those skills to practice in simulated cases that are guided by industry leaders.
• Business Aspects of the Law (2L): A “window in” to the nuts and bolts of the legal profession—including structure, personnel and economics of a law firm—this course was designed in consultation with legal management leaders.
Our Centers 3
THE JEFFREY S. MOORAD CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SPORTS LAW
Villanovaâ€™s close proximity to markets with dedicated fan bases and high-profile sports teams makes it the perfect location for The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, one of only a handful of institutes in the country dedicated to this topic. If it is happening in the sports world, weâ€™ll be talking about it, teaching it and breaking it down at the Moorad Center. The Center has its own dedicated journal, The Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal, and its own sports law blog. Students have been placed in externships with such high-profile sports organizations as the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL, the NFL Players Association, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Flyers and Wasserman Media Group.
Center Director Andrew Brandt brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Villanova. An NFL Business Analyst for ESPN and columnist for Sports Illustrated, Brandt is a former players agent and former team executive for franchises including the Green Bay Packers and Barcelona Dragons.
Each spring, the Center hosts its Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Symposium, tackling the day’s hottest topics from concussions to sports agents and more. A “who’s who” of the sports industry, guest speakers at our symposia have included: • Billy Beane, Vice President, General Manager, Oakland Athletics
• Tom Condon, Co-Chief of Creative Artist Agency–Football Division
• David Cornwell, Gordon & Rees LLP, Counsel for Alex Rodriguez and Jonathan Martin • Keith Primeau, former NHL Center and founder of stopconcussions.com • Leigh Steinberg, CEO of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment
• Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman of Wasserman Media Group
• Taylor Twellman, former MLS player, ESPN analyst and concussion awareness advocate
• Sol Weiss ’72, Co-lead Counsel in NFL Concussion Injury Litigation • Brian Westbrook VSB ’01, former NFL running back
7 Clinics IN-HOUSE LAW FIRMS
Villanova Law Clinic students earn credit while representing real clients with critical legal issues under the direct supervision of a full-time faculty member. As the primary advocates for their clients, students interview and counsel, negotiate agreements, structure deals, draft legal documents and argue in court. As a Clinic student, you will develop the skills to become an effective lawyer while serving the community and changing lives.
Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship
Federal Tax Clinic
Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)
Assist startups and entrepreneurs with business-related, transactional legal matters.
Advocate for low-income taxpayers in their disputes before the IRS and in Federal Courts.
Represent refugees who have fled human rights abuses in their home countries to seek religious or political asylum in the USA.
Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic Provide legal representation to agricultural families in employment, immigration and child protection. The only program of its kind in the country.
Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic Assert low-income clientsâ€™ rights within the legal and health care systems, working in collaboration with Villanovaâ€™s graduate nursing students.
Civil Justice Clinic Litigate in courts and administrative agencies in multiple areas of law, including family, housing, consumer, employment and disability, on behalf of low-income clients.
Advanced Advocacy Clinic After completing a semester in a clinic, students may expand their practice experience by working on complex matters with any of the clinic faculty.
Natasha Felder ’16
Landmark Asylum Case Joseph Catuzzi ’14 and Michelle Majkut ’14, won asylum for a Russian gay man in November
Joseph Catuzzi ’14
2013 as part of the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee
Hometown: Kinnelon, NJ
and Emigrant Services.
Undergrad: Villanova University, B.S. in Finance Current work: Associate, Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin
It was one of the first known cases of an asylum seeker in America being granted protection on the basis of “well-founded fear of future persecution” due to Russia’s 2013 anti-gay propaganda law.
“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.”
At Villanova, we take externships seriously and offer students the hands-on experience they need to excel as lawyers. Externships are thought of as a class—an off-site, semester-long learning opportunity for each student. Rigorously supervised, you’ll be paired with and meet regularly with a Villanova faculty advisor who has expertise in the area of your placement. You also will work under the guidance of an on-site field instructor, who works with you and your advisor to meet your learning objectives. Externships are credit-earning and also flexible—students can design their own learning experience to gain expertise in a specific area of law. Externships now expand beyond our region and across all areas of law so you can focus on where and what you most want to learn.
Villanova has placed externs at top businesses and government agencies including:* GOVERNMENT Department of Homeland Security (ICE) District Attorney’s Offices Federal, State and Local Judges International Criminal Court, the Hague Office of White House Counsel Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division Ed Liva ’10 and Amanda Lavis ’10 participate
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
in a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee externship.
United Nations–Vienna, Austria
150+ Externships 8
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to witness the ups and downs of a global company like Stuart Weitzman on a daily basis. This experience has given me a ‘window in’ to the business world, and I’ve gained exposure to things I never even would have thought about before.”
Emilie Pitts ’15 Hometown: Jupiter, FL Undergrad: Stetson University, B.A. in Political Science with minors in Communications Studies and International Studies Current work: Extern at Stuart Weitzman, New York, NY
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Deutsche Bank AG
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Immigration Law Project
Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC
Pennsylvania Innocence Project
Philadelphia Bar Association, Philly VIP
LAW FIRMS Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
DLA Piper Public Defender Offices
Pepper Hamilton LLP Reed Smith LLP Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP
*This list includes only placements for academic credit. Many students find paid work opportunities with other corporations and law firms, but they are not counted as externship placements.
credits of Legal Writing through all three years of study
Employers rate writing the most important skill in new hires. In the Duane M. Morris LLP Legal Writing program, we immerse you in six rigorous semesters, so you’ll learn to write everything from a client-advising email to a legal brief. For your third semester, Villanova offers a litigation-based course that focuses on appellate advocacy or a transactional-based course that focuses on drafting skills and client communication. The transactional course familiarizes students with the documents needed to represent clients in a typical business setting.
Students also have the opportunity to work on three published journals for significant additional training and to help them develop disciplined legal writing skills. Journals include: • Villanova Law Review
• Villanova Environmental Law Journal
• The Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal
“My Transactional Legal Writing class helped me with my Summer Associate position. Knowing how to write allowed me to take on a wider range of assignments, and I was exposed to more practice groups at the firm.” Joshua Peles ’15 Hometown: Clymer, PA Undergrad: Penn State University, B.S. in Crime, Law & Justice with a concentration in Business Current work: Summer Associate, Reed Smith LLP
Trial Advocacy Classes
The best way to learn how to think and execute like a lawyer is to practice. In Trial Advocacy classes, youâ€™ll perform exercises under the guidance of the faculty, seasoned trial lawyers, and experienced state and federal trial court judges who are brought in to help each student hone his or her skills.
Kayla Rowe, VLS â€™13, competes in the annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition in the Martin G. McGuinn Ceremonial Courtroom. Villanova has five state-of-the-art courtroom-style classrooms.
Top 50 #47 “Go-To” Law School in The National Law Journal’s 2014 Rankings based on percentage of graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s most prestigious law firms.
24 Average Age
56% Students who have graduate, work or service experience before entering law school
19% Business & Industry
85 Number of Undergraduate schools represented
8% Government 4% Public Interest 3% Federal Clerkships
CLASS OF 2013 JOBS BY SECTOR
50% Law Firm
15.4% Students of Color
13% State & Local Clerkships
Number of States Represented
3.56 Median GPA
157 Median LSAT Admission data as of October 5, 2013.
Methodology: Placement data for the Class of 2013, which as defined by the American Bar Association includes all JD graduates from September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013, was obtained by the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement using formal tools (including the NALP Graduate Employment Report and Salary Survey) and informal tools (including contact with graduates by members of the staff of the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement and other independent research). Placement data reflects the status of each graduate as of February 15, 2014 as reported to the American Bar Association and has been reviewed by an independent auditor.
At a Glance
Students and faculty congregate in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons for law school events, group study and informal gatherings. Located on the first floor of the law school, it features a coffee shop and video wall. 13
Where We Are
12 miles West of downtown Philadelphia
300 Fortune 500 companies have a presence in Philadelphia.
Villanova’s tree-lined campus in the fall. with trains that leave approximately every ½ hour Students enjoy an on-campus SEPTA train stop
and get you to the city in under 30 minutes.
The National Jurist ranks Philadelphia as one of the top 10 “Best Cities” for Young Attorneys.
In addition to a countless number of law firms, Villanova graduates work at top corporations and government agencies up and down the Northeast corridor including:
Philadelphia, PA 12 miles/20 minute drive Aramark Campbell Soup Company Cephalon Comcast Corporation DuPont FedEx Corp. GlaxoSmithKline Independence Blue Cross KPMG LLP Philadelphia Mayor’s Office PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. Attorney’s Office U.S. Department of Labor
Washington, D.C. 135 miles/2.5 hour drive AFL-CIO Federal Bureau of Investigation France Telecom North America Internal Revenue Service National Labor Relations Board NFL Players Association U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Department of Justice U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Wilmington, DE 30 miles/30 minute drive AstraZeneca E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Social Security Administration State of Delaware– Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Delaware Verizon Communications Inc. Wells Fargo & Company
New York City 100 miles/2 hour drive The Blackstone Group LP Bloomberg LP Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. CBS News Citigroup Global Markets Inc. The City of New York– Department of Finance The City of New York– Department of Investigations Credit Suisse Group AG Deloitte & Touche LLP Deutsche Bank AG Department of Homeland Security– USCIS DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company JPMorgan Chase & Co. Morgan Stanley New York State Attorney General’s Office NHL Enterprises, LP NYSE Regulation Inc. UBS Financial Services Inc. (Weehawken) Verizon Communications Inc. Viacom Media Networks
Life at Nova 40 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Villanova Law School is enriched by the more the 40 political, social and cultural organizations that are supported by the Student Bar Association (www.law.villanova.edu/stuorgs). Our Augustinian Catholic mission fosters a strong sense of community and helps to create a supportive atmosphere both in and out of the classroom.
Law students enjoy being served by faculty at the annual Midnight Breakfast in the law school cafeteria. 16
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, University President, celebrates the Red Mass, a tradition that marks the beginning of each law school academic year. Originating in Europe during the Middle Ages, and a tradition at Villanova since 1957, it is followed by a festive reception at the Law School.
In the annual Dean’s Cup Basketball Game, Villanova Law takes on Temple Law in a charity event that benefits both schools’ Public Interest programs. 17
At Villanova, a dedicated team of experienced attorney-advisors works with students to help them identify and achieve career goals. In addition, they form relationships with employers from all sectors to aid in the recruitment of Villanova Law graduates. In the 2013–2014 academic year, Villanova Law students had access to 135 potential employers through our On-Campus Interview program and Villanova-sponsored job fairs.
And new in 2014, students will be required to take a Professional Development Course to hone their academic and personal development skills, like networking and goal setting. As part of the course, each student will meet regularly with the Career Strategy team.
How Glenn McGillivray used Career Strategy Services: 1L YEAR
• Met with a Career Advisor to discuss summer positions • Updated his resume and cover letter with help from the Career Strategy Advisor
• Participated in the mock-interview program and was interviewed by Villanova Law alumni
• Participated in OCIs (On-Campus Interview program)
• Conducted mock interviews with the Career Strategy team RESULTS: Secured a summer associate position
with a Delaware law firm
RESULTS: Secured a summer position at a law firm in Conshohocken during his 1L summer
Career Strategy 18
“Career Strategy helped me tremendously at every stage of my professional development. They provided invaluable insight throughout my law school career, and helped me to secure a job and post-graduate clerkship.”
Glenn McGillivray ’14
• Began applying for federal clerkships
• Career Strategy reviewed his cover letters, set up interviews with two Villanova professors who had clerked for federal judges and connected him with Villanova Law alumni who were clerking at the time or clerked in the past.
Hometown: Cranston, RI Undergrad: Villanova University, B.A. in English Current work: Clerk, Federal District Court for the District of Delaware
RESULTS: Secured a federal clerkship for next year in the District of Delaware
10,000 Villanova Law School graduates join a tight-knit community of alumni that’s over 10,000 lawyers strong. Our alumni remain a part of the Villanova community and take an active role in helping Villanova students succeed. They recruit students, become mentors and help them network with prospective employers.
Villanova Law School’s distinguished list of alumni includes: Holly Blackwell ’10: Foreign Legal Consultant, Shanghai office of King & Wood Mallesons Rozanna Tesler Fried ’03: Vice President of
Business and Legal Affairs, Constantin Film Development Christina Cindy Gmiterek ’03: Vice President,
Credit Suisse, New York
Amanda Harrell ’06: Senior Vice President,
Business and Legal Affairs, One Three Media
Michael Haswell ’97: Director of Global Business
Development, Ads and Commerce, Google Inc.
Alan Hoffman ’73: Chairman and Managing Partner,
Blank Rome LLP
Michael Holston ’89: Executive Vice President and Chief
Angela Hrusovsky ’12: Legal Counsel, Bose Corporation Edward Liva ’10: Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP Mary Francis Metrick ’85: Senior Managing Director,
Martin McGuinn ’67: Former Chairman/CEO,
Mellon Financial Corporation (now Bank of New York Mellon)
Jeffrey Moorad ’81: Chairman/CEO,
Moorad Sports Partners
Patrick O’Connor ’67: Vice Chairman, Cozen O’Connor Jeffrey Pott ’90: General Counsel, AstraZeneca Paula Reid ’08: Department of Justice Reporter, CBS News
Ethics and Compliance Officer, Merck & Co Inc.
Hon. Kelly A. Ayotte ’93:
Doug Gaston ’92: Senior Vice
Jami Wintz McKeon ’81:
U.S. Senator, New Hampshire
President and General Counsel,
Partner and Chair-Elect,
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Hon. Edward Rendell ’68: Former Governor
of Pennsylvania and former Mayor of Philadelphia
Hon. Marjorie Rendell ’73: Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Third Circuit
Andrew Rocks ’12: Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP NY Sean Sansiveri ’08: Staff Counsel, National Football League
Reza Taleghani ’97: Managing Director & Group Head, Northeast Corporate Client Banking, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC Michelle Vanek ’09: Assistant Counsel, Office of the
Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives
Charles Widger ’73: Founder and Executive Chairman,
Brinker Capital Holdings Inc.
As a 1L, you’ll be paired with two alumni mentors who help guide you through your law school education and beyond.
“My alumni mentor was invaluable in the job application process. She spoke with me on the phone for over an hour about what to expect with OCIs (On-Campus Interview program.) She also helped me with my resume and made herself available for any questions about law school.” Elizabeth Mullin ’16 Hometown: Blue Bell, PA
Undergrad: Georgetown University, B.A. in Classics Current work: Extern, Montgomery County Courthouse with Hon. Carolyn Carluccio
At the core of a great law school is an outstanding faculty, and Villanova Law Professors are some of the most innovative minds in legal education. Villanova Law faculty members donâ€™t just teach the law; they shape it.
Faculty Richard Booth is the Martin G. McGuinn Chair in Business Law and has written over a dozen books on the topic. He also has published articles in scholarly journals, and his commentary has appeared in the popular press including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Michelle Madden Dempsey is a leading expert in Criminal Law and Feminist Legal Theory. Her advocacy work and scholarship on issues of violence against women has led her to testify before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee and to serve as consultant to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Trafficking. 22
Tuan Samahon teaches and writes on constitutional law, specializing in removal and appointment and separation of power. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and recently argued a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
J. Richard Harvey Jr. is one of the nationâ€™s leading experts on taxation of U.S. multinational corporations. He testified before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on the offshore tax practices of Apple, Inc.
“I honestly can’t say enough about how great the faculty is! I tell prospective students that one of the great benefits of
being at VLS is that the faculty are so accommodating and
genuinely here to help us succeed, both academically and in our careers. There is an ‘open door policy,’ meaning
if the professor’s door is open, they are happy for you to
drop by and talk. I’ve found that to be extremely helpful.”
Alanna Kearney ’15 Hometown: Pleasantville, NY Undergrad: Marymount Manhattan College, BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies with double minors in Forensic Psychology and East Asian Studies Current work: Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice, Bronx, NY. 1L Teaching Fellow, Business & Special Projects Editor, Villanova Environmental Law Journal
Beth Lyon is a
national authority on the laws and policies affecting immigrant workers. She is the founding Director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, the only one of its kind in the United States.
is a leading expert in Intellectual Property and Internet Law. He has written extensively on the topics of patents, trade secrets and information access, and two of his articles have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. He is regularly called on by the media to comment on front-page issues.
Leslie Book co-writes, with VLS Professor Keith Fogg, the popular blog Procedurally Taxing. He is a national authority on tax procedure and issues affecting the low income taxpayer community.
Ruth Gordon specializes in Third World encounters within International Law and the evolving economic hierarchy with the rise of middle income nations.
Villanova Law School at night
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The Details Degree Programs • JD • JD/MPA • JD/MBA • JD/LLM in Taxation • LLM in Taxation • JD/LLM in International Studies
Areas of Study • Business and Transactional Practice • Criminal Practice • Employment and Labor Practice • Environmental Practice • Family Law Practice • Government Practice • Health Law Practice • Intellectual Property Practice • International and Comparative Law • Law, Religion and Philosophy • Litigation Practice • Public Interest Practice
Application Requirements • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited college or university • Application submitted electronically via the Law School Admission Council • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score • LSAC Credential Assembly Services (CAS) Report • Personal statement • Resume • At least one letter of recommendation In addition to these requirements, you will be able to complete optional essays to supplement your application.
Tuition Tuition & Fees (2014–15): $41,250 Financial Aid Through grants, loans and scholarships, Villanova Law seeks to make your education affordable. Types of Financial Aid include: • Merit and Need-Based Scholarships • Federal Perkins Loan • Federal Direct Stafford Loans • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan • Federal Work–Study
Innovation Scholars Students who meet the following criteria are automatically eligible for our Innovation Scholars program, which awards full Dates and Deadlines tuition for all three years of study. • Applications available September 15. • Undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher • Deadline for applications is April 1. (as calculated by LSAC) • Early Decision: November 15 (Round 1), • LSAT score of 157 or higher February 15 (Round 2) • Must maintain good academic standing • Applications are evaluated and For detailed information about candidates are admitted on a rolling basis beginning in late fall and extending tuition and financial aid, visit www.law.villanova.edu/financialaid. through mid-summer. For more information about the
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In 2009, Villanova Law School moved into a state-of-the-art building that boasts a spacious commons, coffee bar, cafeteria, first-class library, and numerous group and individual study areas.
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