Villanova University School of Law

Villanova University School of Law

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Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is focused on training the ethical lawyers and leaders of tomorrow who are committed to making a difference in their community. Its graduates include managing partners at law firms, general counsels at major corporations and non profits, and elected leaders. 

Villanova is 20 minutes by train from downtown Philadelphia. Guided by its Where Law Meets Business philosophy, Villanova’s programming infuses vital business principles, professional skills, ethical training and practical experience into each student’s education. Villanova students learn by doing, prepared to enter major firms, non profits, government and other careers.

“At Villanova Law, we strive to provide our students with the knowledge and skills to thrive in their careers,” said Dean Mark Alexander. “Our faculty lead by example and provide the forum for critical thinking and rigorous debate of often opposing viewpoints. Our community is one that is respectful, supportive and open-minded. We seek to develop ethically and civically minded leaders who will contribute to the legal profession and their community.”

The school also offers a unique first-year practicum, where a professor and a practitioner teach either contracts or property law. Villanova has been ranked a top school in Intellectual property, business law and health law. In 2020, Villanove added Sports Law to its list of concentrations. 

With strong employment and bar pass numbers, Villanova made preLaw's list of the best value private law schools, placing No. 11 in the nation. Its modified employment rate improved from 63.4 percent in 2011 to 82.58 percent in 2017, among the top 20 for improvement in the nation. 

While tuition is high (it was $43,895 in 2017-18), the school's estimated median discount was 49.4 percent, bringin net tuition down to $22,221.

The school's building, which opened in 2009, helped the school earn placement as the 10th greenest law school in the U.S. That study was also based on curriculum and sustainable practices.  



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75th Percentile1593.7
25th Percentile1533.24
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$39000
Percent receiving grants76.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 88.10%
NJ Employment82.58
Bar Passage76.25%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2018: Best Value: 
Top Private #11
Best Law Schools 2018: Practical Training: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy