Villanova Law School

General Info

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Villanova University School of Law is a private American Law School located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the main campus of Villanova University. Adjacent to the university campus is Philadelphia?s Main Line. The law school is at the approximate midpoint of east coast legal centers in New York and Washington and only 20 minutes by commuter rail from the center of Philadelphia. Opened in 1953, the school is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Students are graduates of more than 124 colleges and universities; many have significant work experience outside of the law. The student-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. The school is current ranked 60th in the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. The 2006 entering class has a median GPA of 3.44 and a median LSAT of 162. For the first time in the school's history, Villanova Law School is in the process of building a new, technologically-superior building. The new building will be completed for the start of the 2009-2010 school year, and will be located roughly 300 yards from the location of the present school.

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Villanova Law School Admissions

Villanova Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 49% of its applicants. Comparatively, Villanova is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1535 745 (48.53%) 164 (10.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.27 3.57 3.74
LSAT 152 156 158

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $42,540 $42,540
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $22,732
  • Living at home: $11,482

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 12/01
  • Early Decision 2: 09/01
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Villanova Law School Community

Villanova Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Villanova is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 32
  • Part Time: 70


  • # Female Faculty: 45
  • # Minority Faculty: 11


15.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Villanova Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Villanova Law School 1L section size is 7% larger than law schools in Pennsylvania and 8% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Villanova Law School: 135
Pennsylvania Average: 125
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 712
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 111

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 224
  • Law Journals: 172
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 5.2%
  • Second Year: 0.6%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Villanova Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Villanova Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 90% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 80.4%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 56.0%
  • Business: 20.0%
  • Government: 7.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • Pennsylvania: 62%
  • New Jersey: 14%
  • New York: 9%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 80.4%
  • First Time Takers: 214
  • Average School: 94.8%
  • Average State: 80.2%
  • Pass Difference: 14.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Pennsylvania: 80.9%
  • Passed: 141 of 149 (94.6%)
  • State Average: 80.2%
  • Difference: 13.8%