Melanie McMenamin

Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship


Melanie McMenamin is the founding director of the Charles Widger School of Law’s Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, where she supervises law student counselors to provide pro bono legal representation to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and social ventures.  The Clinic is designed to support the Philadelphia region's diverse entrepreneurial community in creating and sustaining endeavors that address unsolved problems and unmet needs, and promote job creation and human flourishing, while providing law students with an opportunity to practice and reflect on the concepts, competencies, attitudes and perspectives that bear on counseling business clients.

Melanie came to Villanova in 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where for five years she acted as the Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer in Penn’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic.  While there, Melanie co-managed the clinic, supervising students to provide pro bono transactional legal services to for-profit and non-profit ventures.

Prior to her clinical teaching, Melanie was an associate in the Real Estate Finance Group at Dechert, LLP.  She received her undergraduate degree in International Business from Georgetown University, and her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was an editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change and a Legal Writing Instructor.

Practice Experience

  • Associate in Real Estate Finance, Dechert, LLP
  • Clinical Supervisor, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania
Entrepreneurship Clinic Director Melanie McMenamin

Office: Rm 252, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-8543
Fax: 610-519-6249

Courses and Seminars

Entrepreneurship Clinic


University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD

Georgetown University, BA