At Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, students find an educational experience that directly aligns with the demands of professional practice. Our cutting-edge curriculum infuses professionalism skills along with vital business principles and practical experience into each student’s rigorous legal training.
Central to this approach is Villanova’s three-year, credit-bearing Professional Development program—one of the most robust of its kind among law schools. More than a “one-size-fits-all” check list of interactions with the School’s Career Strategy team, the program employs a personalized approach that encourages and engages students in active career exploration.
Through lectures, individual and small group meetings, self-directed assignments and Career Strategy events, Villanova Law students are introduced to such topics as professionalism, networking, goal development and personal entrepreneurship.
“Our Professional Development (PD) program is structured to allow for individualization to each student’s interests,” remarked Jennifer Henfey, Executive Director of Career Strategy. “For example, if a student enters law school with an interest in health law, she can tailor her PD coursework to explore that field and to connect with practicing attorneys and mentors.”
Henfey continued, “We also encourage students to learn about a variety of practice areas and settings. The more they know about their options, the more informed decisions they can make about their careers at the start.”
For Effi Taylor’17, her work with the Office of Career Strategy went well beyond the requirements of the Professional Development program. She regularly met with advisers to perfect her resume, shared correspondences from her interactions with attorneys and judges, and discussed job offers to determine which would best position her career goals.
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Undergrad: Denison University, BA in Economics
“I built relationships with the Career Advisers and was comfortable sharing with them both my failures and accomplishments. Their support and guidance encouraged me to be proactive rather than reactive. It’s been a key to my success.”