(including admissions process, optimal enrollment, portrait of student body, including an emphasis on qualities such as leadership, service, etc.)

Group Members

Beth Lyon (Chair) – Professor of Law, Director, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, Co-Director, Community Interpreter Internship Program
Ann Juliano – Professor of Law
Teri Ravenell – Associate Professor of Law
Michael Risch – Associate Professor of Law
Amy Ellis – Senior Admissions Administrator
Cathy Lanctot – Vice Dean

Discussion Question 1

After reading the chart below, please submit a comment to answer the following question:

Recent research identifies 26 “effectiveness factors” for law school admissions. The U.S. News & World Report rankings focus the vast majority of law school admissions decisions on one of two criteria: LSAT score, or undergraduate GPA. Are there other qualities that we should be seeking out, and what weight should they be given in admissions?

Shultz and Zedeck’s 26 Effectiveness Factors for Law School Admissions

1: Intellectual & Cognitive

  • Analysis and Reasoning
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Problem Solving
  • Practical Judgment

2: Research & Information Gathering

  • Researching the Law
  • Fact Finding
  • Questioning and Interviewing

3: Communications

  • Influencing and Advocating
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

4: Planning and Organizing

  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizing and Managing One’s Own Work
  • Organizing and Managing Others (Staff/Colleagues)

5: Conflict Resolution

  • Negotiation Skills
  • Able to See the World Through the Eyes of Others

6: Client & Business Relations – Entrepreneurship

  • Networking and Business Development
  • Providing Advice & Counsel & Building Relationships with Clients

7: Working with Others

  • Developing Relationships within the Legal Profession
  • Evaluation, Development, and Mentoring

8: Character

  • Passion and Engagement
  • Diligence
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Stress Management
  • Community Involvement and Service
  • Self-Development
Marjorie M. Shultz and Sheldon Zedeck, Final Report: Identification, Development, and Validation of Predictors for Successful


Discussion Question 2

What characteristics should an incoming class at Villanova Law School have? Which are most important? Which are least important?

Discussion Question 3

The Admissions and Enrollment Study Group has researched and discussed a wide range of issues relating to our topic, and is currently finalizing its recommendations. One area that we are highlighting for further exploration is the development of Scholar programs allowing applicants to signal their interest to a tailored course of upper level study focused on a particular area of law, for example Tax Law, Health Law, Religion and the Law, or Anti-Trafficking Law. These scholarships would be partially modeled on our successful Public Interest Scholars program. We are interested in receiving suggestions on what topic areas of focus might be appropriate for such programs.


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