Today’s lawyers often practice more than just law. They are business consultants. Problem solvers. Financial strategists. That’s why Villanova University School of Law is pushing the boundaries of traditional legal instruction and infusing vital business coursework and experiential learning opportunities into every student’s education. Whether students pursue corporate, criminal or public interest practice, Villanova prepares graduates to become the kind of lawyer the market demands.
“Firms and institutions want attorneys who can hit the ground running,” says John Y. Gotanda, the Arthur J. Kania Dean of Villanova University School of Law. “Our efforts are designed to provide students with the skills they need to practice on day one and throughout their careers.”
The Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the embodiment of Villanova’s new curricular innovations. Designed to foster collaboration, the Center is a hub for cross-disciplinary programming, groundbreaking coursework and real-world learning opportunities.
Two new courses that teach financial literacy, valuation principles and legal project management were designed with the help of industry experts and leading law firms. Students put these concepts into practice as they work through real-life legal scenarios under the supervision of some of the best practicing attorneys in our region.
In the new Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, students gain valuable hands-on learning experience in entrepreneurial law. Under the supervision of faculty, students act as primary counselor to emerging businesses – advising on business-related, transactional matters such as corporate formation, intellectual property, contracts and more.
This is where students will engage with experts on front-page issues.
This is where faculty scholars will train students to be practice ready in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world.
This is where law meets business.