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Villanova University School of Law

Thank you for your interest in applying to Villanova University School of Law. The admissions process is designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your full abilities. Although selection to the School of Law is highly competitive, the wide range of numerical scores of each year's matriculating class indicates a class selected using a variety of criteria. If you are interested in the J.D./LL.M. in Taxation, or the J.D./M.B.A. program, you must apply and be accepted to both the J.D. and the other degree program.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 684
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.29 - 3.69
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.25%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86.0%
Tuition $38,910

Overview

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About Villanova University School of Law

Thank you for your interest in applying to Villanova University School of Law. The admissions process is designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your full abilities. Although selection to the School of Law is highly competitive, the wide range of numerical scores of each year's matriculating class indicates a class selected using a variety of criteria. If you are interested in the J.D./LL.M. in Taxation, or the J.D./M.B.A. program, you must apply and be accepted to both the J.D. and the other degree program.

Reviews

At Villanova University School of Law, students find “a good balance in an interactive and educational atmosphere” through a blend of lecture, discussion, and serious hands-on experience. Students say the “absolutely wonderful” professors are the heart and soul of the program. “Instructors are all extremely intelligent and have a wealth of real-world experience, yet remain in touch with students,” says a 1L. In fact, he tells us, “My law school professors are much more helpful and approachable than my undergrad profes­sors were.” Another student agrees that the “professors’ knowledge and experience is fundamental to the Villanova experience.” Many here happily report a lack of the “heavy competitive atmosphere that you hear about at other schools,” noting, “We all encourage each other to do well.”Villanova takes a fairly traditional approach to introductory course work, and students say, “There is still a heavy reliance on the Socratic Method and many classes use a lecture format (especially in the first year).” In the next two years, students continue studying the basic principals of law, while adding elective courses to their schedule. Experiential learning is emphasized throughout the curriculum, and students dole out praise for the school’s strong legal writing and research courses, simulation programs, clinics, and externships. The school has a “clear emphasis” on “solidifying students’ legal writing skills.” In addition, students take on real legal work thanks to the school’s “strong com­mitment to community service and pro bono work.”For a Catholic institution, it should come as no surprise that a “Catholic identity” reigns supreme. However, some students wish opportunities for service were not restricted by the administration’s commitment to Catholic values. (“No ‘regular hours’ in the forty-hour work week can be spent helping efforts to litigate for women’s repro­ductive freedom, and the participating organization must be aware of the policy.”) Ultimately, many wonder “how the administration will balance the school’s Catholic mission with its mission as a legal institution.” Villanova’s eagerly anticipated, state-of-the-art law school facility opened in August 2009 on a site adjacent to the university’s suburban Philadelphia campus. Law students no longer have cause to bemoan the “severe lack of classrooms, computers, parking spots, hallways, lockers, and space in general” that they complained about in years prior as the new facility offers twice as much space as the old building and a new 500-car parking garage, to boot. While they may complain that the campus has a “high school atmosphere,” students also say they leave Villanova well-prepared for their professional career in the adult world. Students insist that “opportunities for practical experience are abundant,” and the “Career Services Department works really hard to help students find jobs in the private and public sectors.” They note that the school has “strong profes­sional contacts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware” and that “major firms routinely interview on campus and hire many Villanova graduates.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 238

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 3-4 years, JD/LLM-Taxation, 3.5 years;JD/LLM in International Studies (third year abroad) 3yrs

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 109
Full-Time Faculty 38
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 16
Part-Time Faculty 55
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 18 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 78%
Multi-racial 2%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,910 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $38,910 $38,910

Financial Aid

83% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$43,407 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Incoming Class

Villanova University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 161
LSAT Total 155 - 161

Villanova University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.29 - 3.69
Total 3.29 - 3.69

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 81%
First Time Pass Rate 90%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 100
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 33 18%
Firm Sized 11-25 9 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 23 12%
Business Industry 41 22%
Government 17 9%
Public Interest 10 5%
Federal Clerkship 6 3%
State Clerkship 20 11%
Academia 4 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 0%
Unemployed, Seeking 58 23%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 9%
NJ 10%
PA 51%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Villanova University School of Law include:

  • Kelly A. Ayotte - Attorney General, State of New Hampshire
  • Richard L. Trumka - Secretary-Treasurer, AFL CIO
  • Jeffrey S. Moorad - General Partner, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell - Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Hon. Edward G. Rendell - Governor, State of Pennsylvania

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