As a Catholic Law School, deeply rooted in its Augustinian traditions, Villanova has always emphasized the unique value of individual human lives and emphasizes the commitment the serving those in need. In an effort to make pro bono legal service an important part of legal education, the law school created Lawyering Together, an innovative partnership involving law students, practicing attorneys, the law school and public interest organizations. We pair students and attorneys together to work on a pro bono case assigned through one of our partner agencies.
Approximately 20% of the student body is participating in the “Lawyering Together” program. The program, which was created as a joint initiative of the Pro Bono Society and the Alumni Association, matches volunteer VLS alumni with law students, who then represent indigent clients referred from several Philadelphia pro bono organizations, including SeniorLaw Center, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) and Support Center for Child Advocates. The cases cover a broad spectrum of civil matters, such as domestic relations (including custody, adoption, and domestic violence), immigration, wills and other personal planning documents, consumer rights and personal injury litigation defense.
The "Lawyering Together" program lets students see how and why busy practicing lawyers choose to integrate pro bono into their schedules and still find time to fulfill their other professional and personal commitments.
Lawyers and students are accepted into the program at the beginning of Fall and Spring Terms. The program is open to 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls. For more information about the program and the application procedure and deadlines, contact the Career Strategy Office. If you would like to sign-up, please complete the Lawyering Together Student Interest Form.