The magnificent new building opened its doors in July, 2009, providing almost twice as much usable space and designed especially to meet the particular needs of legal education.
The building’s hallmark is its student-centeredness. The most beautiful, comfortable and spacious places are the student areas. For example, the Dougherty and Dowd library reading rooms are elegantly appointed, comfortably equipped and bathed in natural light by three floor-to-ceiling window walls. The Constance and David Girard-diCarlo student lounge overlooks the beautifully landscaped quad on the first floor, again boasting floor to ceiling windows. The Blank Rome Dining Room, a full-service cafeteria, and the Duane Morris reading room and coffee bar emphasize our commitment to the importance of quality of life for students who are working long hours.
Faculty offices are centered in one wing on two floors. This wing connects directly to the main classroom areas on both floors, creating a direct pathway from classrooms to offices, embodying Villanova’s ethic of an open available teaching faculty.
The Library in the new building occupies almost an entire wing and anchors one of the main entrances. Highly functional, comfortable, beautifully appointed and equipped with the latest technology, the library’s open spaces, glass walls and high ceilings draw users.
The University consists of four main colleges in addition to the Law School: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing. For nearly two decades, Villanova University has been ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report in the Best Universities – Master’s category. Villanova University is located 12 miles west of Philadelphia. The campus sits on 254 acres in the heart of Philadelphia’s suburban main line and contains more than 60 buildings. Villanova has been designated an arboretum with two, one-mile walking tours on campus. Villanova supports 22 sports (10 men’s and 12 women’s) affiliated with the Big East conference at the Division I level. Football is Division I-AA and competes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Recreation and athletic facilities on campus include the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness, the Swim Complex, the Training and Conditioning Facilities and the Tennis Complex.