Villanova University Mock Trial Team Participant Earns Top Award 

MTpic2017The Villanova University Mock Trial Team opened the 2017-2018 season in record-breaking fashion at the 2nd Annual Black Squirrel Invitational hosted by Haverford College during the weekend of November 4-5, 2017. Laura Wagner ‘20 CLAS became the first Villanova mock trial participant to earn a perfect score after two days and nearly 12 hours of competition. She was presented the Top Witness Award by tournament officials. The two-day national invitational featured 26 registered teams and nearly 250 individual competitors. The trip was sponsored through the generosity of The James F. and Ann T. Radecki Endowed Fund and supported by the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The team returns to action when it competes in the United States Regional Championships in February 2018. Michael J. Pennington, Director for Experiential Education & Pre-Law Advising Services, serves as Head Coach and Advisor.

Penn Law Outreach Program “Applying to, and Succeeding in, Law School”

The Penn Law Outreach Program is designed to assist high potential undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds with their preparation for admission to law school. Students must be enrolled with sophomore, junior, or senior status in a greater Philadelphia area college when they apply to the program. The program’s objective is to help these students acquire the skills necessary for:

• Successful completion of the bachelor’s degree,
• Competitive performance on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test), and
• Successful entry into law school.

This program begins in the second semester of the 2014-2015 academic year, and concludes with the participant’s completion of a “J.D. Action Plan” and application to law school. Participation requires a one semester commitment during the spring 2015 semester. Attendance is mandatory in ALL classes and presentations. At the end of the program, one participant will be awarded a Kaplan LSAT Prep course scholarship. Participants must be in good standing (i.e. have attended the necessary events) to be eligible.

The program’s academic-year components will consist of:
• A briefing by Penn Law Dean of Admissions on the application process
• A briefing by Penn Law Director of Financial Aid on financing a legal education
• A panel of current law students discussing the law school experience
• A mock class incorporating writing, analytical thinking, and logical reasoning
• A personal statement writing workshop led by a Kaplan representative
• A mock LSAT and exam review by a Kaplan representative
• A panel of alumni discussing different legal paths and careers
• Invitations to student of color events
• Mentoring with current Penn Law students
• Goal-setting and planning for academic success

The deadline for application is January 20, 2015. The program will commence on
February 7, 2015 and will end in mid-April 2015.
For more information, e-mail Allanté Keels at

Download and review the full application here: Outreach Program Application_2015