Villanova offers the following opportunities on campus for students interested in learning about law and law-related professions:
The Pre-Law Society
Learn about the legal profession and developments in law by attending weekly meetings of this society. Lawyers and law school admissions counselors are frequent speakers.
Mock Trial Competition
Become quickly initiated into the lawyering process by joining The Mock Trial Team, which was founded in 2004 by undergraduate students. In its first year competing in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament of the American Mock Trial Association, the team received accolades for its performance garnering the “outstanding new school” award.
International Relations Club
Join an organization of individuals as concerned about, interested in, and committed to international issues and policies as you are. This club brings speakers to campus to discuss diplomacy such as the United Nations’ role in poverty reduction.
Model United Nations Program
Work as a diplomat attempting to form partnerships and coalitions for your assigned country. This program exposes students to the intricacies of diplomacy and international policy-making through work on committees such as the Security Council, the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, and the Committee on Human Rights.
Model Organization of American States Program
Represent an OAS country and debate topics affecting the Western hemisphere. This program brings together student teams representing OAS countries to create diplomatic solutions to problems effecting North, South, and Central America.
Model Arab League Program
Represent one of the Arab states and work on economics, environmental, social, defense, and political issues confronting the Arab world. Sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, this program brings together student teams to gain diplomatic skills and to learn about the situation and priorities of countries in the Arab League.
College Democrats & College Republicans
Become familiar with and work towards your political party’s successful platform by becoming part of its political organization.
Student Government Association (SGA)
Help create policy at Villanova by running for Student Government. The SGA works in tandem with Villanova’s faculty, staff, and administration on issues concerning students. SGA Committees include Campus Improvements, Concerns and Issues, Club Sports, Diversity, External Affairs, Greek Life, Fundraising, Public Relations, and Social Justice.
Villanova’s Environmental Group (VEG)
Be a part of an organization that makes the University community aware of its responsibility for the environment.
Academic Competition Club (ACC)
Participate in academic competitions at national tournaments and develop and refine your speaking and advocacy skills.
Become part of an organization that monitors human rights abuses by joining the Chapter of Amnesty International at Villanova.
Bread for the World
Educate Villanova’s community about hunger in the United States and abroad by becoming part of this lobbying organization. Students advocate changes in U.S. policy through legislative letter-writing, email, and phone call campaigns.
Coalition against Racism
Be a part of an organization that educates the University’s community about the damaging effects of racism.
A New Organization
Show your leadership skills by starting a law-related organization that will benefit Villanova students’ interest in law. See the Student Government Association for information and to obtain a booklet on how to form an organization at Villanova.
Many students identify with a career in law on their list of top five careers they’re considering. The American Bar Association (ABA) advises students to engage in a serious inquiry about their career goals before choosing to apply to and attend law school. The ABA contends: “Embarking on a legal education requires a great deal of thought as well as a sizable investment of time, money, and energy.”
To dispel common myths and stereotypes about the legal profession, conduct informational interviews. You must choose this profession based on real knowledge and not on commonly-held stereotypes and misperceptions of the profession. Use the information you garnered in Step 2 to narrow your selection of professionals you would like to interview.
Ask lawyers and professionals questions about their experiences in college, law school, and in the legal profession. Visit the Career Services Office for information on legal careers as well as career counseling.