Villanova University School of Law has launched an innovative new first year curriculum featuring a modular design and a new practicum experience. Students will take the five traditional first year courses (Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Torts) but in a new, intensive one-semester design.
The one-semester modular courses allow students and professors to focus more intensively on fewer subjects at one time. Students will have fewer exams. Every first year student will participate in a five-credit, small-section transactional practicum in either Contracts or Property. This redesign, the first phase of a major curriculum initiative, responds to current research into law curricula, major studies of legal education including the Carnegie Report and the CLEA Best Practices Report, and the changing face of the profession.
According to Acting Dean Doris DelTosto Brogan, “An in-depth analysis of our own aspirations, culture and mission, as well as the changing face of the profession, informed us as we engaged in this exciting innovation.”