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A Little Bit About Villanova Law School

Villanova School of Law is the oldest Catholic law school in the great state of Pennsylvania, surrounded by positively Amish-like idyllic countryside, and close enough to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, to smell the cheese steaks cooking.  But even all of those compelling facts don’t give us everything we need to know about ‘Nova Law, and there’s nothing future lawyers love more than getting to the bottom of all the facts.

First, the dry stuff…

  • 2013 graduates: 258
  • Tuition per year: $38,910.
  • 57.42% of 2012 graduates employed in jobs requiring bar passage
  • Median undergraduate GPA: 3.51
  • Median LSAT score: 158.
  • Median private sector starting salary: $65,000
  • Median public service starting salary: $48,000.

Now, the meaty stuff:

Villanova prides itself in building up not just the lawyerly know-how of its students, but the fundamental skills necessary to be as awesome as Sam Waterston on a really rocking episode of Law and Order.  It’s not all go-for-the-jugular cross-examination in the legal world, so Villanova pushes mandatory special programs in negotiation, mediation, and conciliation, as well as a myriad of clinical opportunities so students can get their hands dirty in some real legal muckery. For those of you who are a little more smackdown-inclined, extracurriculars include experiencing the courtroom through activities like upper-level Reimel Moot Court Competition, which pits students against members of the Villanova Moot Court Team in litigatory combat.  If you have always pictured yourself in the wide world of sports, but lacked the physique, energy level, or other necessary factor required to get on the field or court, check out the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, home of one of the few sports law-centric programs in American law schools.

Next, the fun stuff:

If you’re looking to kick back with the rest of the ‘Nova crowd, consider heading over to Erin’s Pub, a popular hangout for students from all across campus.  On game day, head to a pub of a different flavor, Maloney’s, a local sports bar that is second only to an actual ticket to the game.  If a pub crawl is not what you’re in the mood for don’t forget to check out the 40+ student organizations offered to Villanova law students, from the Art Law Society to the Honor Board.  Flesh out that resume!

Official cultural/academic/healthy options and recommendations include Fairmount Park, home to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s also a great place for such celebrate-because-you’re-still-in-school activities like disc golf and rollerblading. On the first Friday of the month, consider making ye olde trekke to Old City Philadelphia and getting your Ferris Bueller-style appreciation on in the many art galleries, which open their doors for free to the public on that day.  For those feeling the need for speed (or just the need to hit the road and get away from it all), Washington, D.C. and New York City are each just two hours away (in opposite directions). 

Finally, the after-you-graduate stuff:

The Villanova Career Strategy & Advancement Office maintains that each student deserves individualized attention, and with that goal in mind employs an advisor-student buddy system to ensure students are meeting their goals career-wise through summer internships and networking opportunities.  In addition to regular appointments with your actual bona fide buddy advisor, you also get access to the full resources of the center itself, so when you are about to run screaming down the street because you are sure you’ll never amount to anything, run through the doors at the Career Office instead.  The always surprisingly helpful staff are sure to offer you a resume tweak or job fair information that will give you new hope and the strength to fight on (or at least, outline on).

So, now you know a lot of stuff about the Villanova School of Law… and it definitely has little bit of everything to offer, from healthy competition to coordinated teamwork to access to Philadelphia Eagles games. Remember to practice the very lawyerly sounding skill of due diligence; if you’re considering Villanova, check out their resources online and do some research of your own.  Maybe it’s what you’ve been looking for all along.

About Bane Srdjevic

From my experience as a normal college student as well as an editor for a university newspaper and a blogger, I have realized there are more students than there should be who don’t fully understand the range of possibilities taking a graduate exam can open up for them. I have heard from many students about how the time and effort these exams require are not worth rewards, but when I asked why they thought they weren’t worth the work students would respond with something along the lines of ‘it’s just another standardized test.’ That’s when I realized many students need help on a much more fundamental level, and I would focus my blogs on not just tips and tricks for taking the exams, but why the exams are worthwhile in order to get them into the test rooms.I am currently a blogger for Spark Hire, an online video interviewing site, and am looking for another niche to write for. The Spark Hire blog currently focuses on job seekers and students fresh out of college which means that several of my posts have dealt with options for furthering education. But from a technical stand point, I was trained by Spark Hire to incorporate keyword rich SEO techniques into every blog in order to help boost traffic.I am a recent graduate from Purdue University and have been taking my graduate tests over the past few months. I recently took and passed the GRE and am preparing to take the LSAT on February 9th. The reason why I am not just taking one or the other is because I like to keep my options open, and by writing for the Kaplan Test Prep blog I want to make sure that other students understand graduate tests are doorways to opportunities and not just stepping stones. By making sure I have these scores down I will have nothing keeping me from pursuing whatever field I want whenever I want.During my time at Purdue I was also an editor for the daily newspaper and had a chance to work directly with Russell Schaffer, the senior communications manager for Kaplan Test Prep at the time, and he helped me write and research several articles on the changes that were being made to the GRE and the MCAT. While it isn't much, it is some experience that I have had writing with Kaplan Test Prep.As a writer for the Kaplan Test Prep blog, I would bring all of the experience I have and use it to educate students and prospective test takers about not only how to prepare for the exams but why the exams are so important. The easiest way to fail at something is to not try, and I will try my best to keep as many students as I can from failing.Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

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