Fordham University School of Law

Introduction

A leader in American legal education, Fordham Law School has provided a complete education in the law for more than a century. While the legal profession has changed during that time, the core mission of a Fordham Law education has not. We value academic excellence, the pursuit of justice, and the ethical practice of the lawyer’s craft. We impart the warmth of community within the School and wherever Fordham Law alumni are found around the globe. Fordham lawyers are dedicated to the highest standards of the legal profession and using the law “in the service of others.”

The School, centrally located in New York City, is one of the most selective law schools in the United States, and five of its specialty programs have been ranked among the nation’s top 25: international law, intellectual property, dispute resolution, trial advocacy, and clinical training.

The School’s student journals are some of the most cited in the legal profession: the Fordham Law Review is the 7th most-cited review in judicial opinions, and all six of Fordham's journals are among the top ten most-cited journals of their respective fields.

The Fordham Law alumni community is a global network. Graduates can be found in all 50 states and 74 countries around the world. Our graduates hit the streets running, joining an ever-growing alliance of doers and thinkers, organizers and inspirers, justice-makers and jury-swayers, movers and shakers. We’re at the front of courtrooms and classrooms. Deep inside the ranks of law firms of every size and specialty. We’re transacting big business. Defending the underdog. Addressing cutting-edge theoretical issues. Solving real-life legal problems. Creating leaders. Making the world a better place. In short, we’re doing everything possible to connect Fordham Law graduates to the people, places, ideas, and career opportunities that matter most.

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LLM in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA New York

Students seeking the LLM in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law acquire a sophisticated appreciation of corporate structure, an understanding of the laws relating to capital markets and financial institutions, and genuine insights into the goals and strategies of U.S. executives and business lawyers. [+]

Students seeking the LLM in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law acquire a sophisticated appreciation of corporate structure, an understanding of the laws relating to capital markets and financial institutions, and genuine insights into the goals and strategies of U.S. executives and business lawyers. In this program, students enroll in core courses including Corporations, International Banking Law, Banking Law, or Financial Institutions and choose from a broad array of additional courses in corporate, banking, and finance law and related topics. Through these courses, students explore such areas as bankruptcy, corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate tax, cross-border insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation and enforcement. PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED COURSES The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law program. The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include the following Core Course: Corporations And at least one of the following Core Distribution Courses: Banking Law International Banking Law Financial Institutions I Financial Institutions II We recommend that students in this program register for Corporations during their first semester of study (or shortly thereafter for part-time students), as Corporations may be a pre-requisite for many other courses of interest. Note that students may not receive credit for both Banking Law and Financial Institutions I, as they cover substantially the same material. Financial Institutions I and Financial Institutions II are independent courses and students may take either or both, in any order. Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution requirement must be chosen... [-]

LLM in Corporate Compliance

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA New York

Fordham Law’s LLM in Corporate Compliance—the first of its kind in the country—introduces students to a rapidly emerging field that is often global in scope. This unique program prepares candidates to respond effectively to new and complex regulatory demands. [+]

Fordham Law’s LLM in Corporate Compliance — the first of its kind in the country—introduces students to a rapidly emerging field that is often global in scope. This unique program prepares candidates to respond effectively to new and complex regulatory demands. Students will explore the role of in-house counsel, the corporate compliance office, and the elements of compliance, including risk assessment, attorney-client privilege, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, global codes of conduct, crisis management, deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements, and corporate social responsibility. Students will learn the basic regulatory framework, especially in the banking and financial regulatory industries, and will be trained in the skills that are essential for any compliance professional. PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED COURSES The 24-credit minimum must include Corporations* as well as 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Corporate Compliance program. The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include the following core courses: Global Corporate Compliance Compliance Risk Assessment We also strongly recommend students to take either International Financial Crime or Anti-Money Laundering. Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution requirement must be chosen from among the selection of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Corporate Compliance program. ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES For students who do not hold a JD degree from a U.S. law school, the following courses are also required: Introduction to the U.S. Legal System Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession At least 6 credits of Content Outline courses Students are required to take... [-]

LLM in Fashion Law

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA New York

LLM students in the Fashion Law program will study with the most distinguished faculty in the discipline, including both academics and industry insiders—in New York City, a capital of the world’s fashion industry. [+]

LLM students in the Fashion Law program will study with the most distinguished faculty in the discipline, including both academics and industry insiders—in New York City, a capital of the world’s fashion industry. You’ll explore what we’ve defined as the four pillars of fashion law: intellectual property business and finance, including areas such as investment, employment law, and real estate international trade and government regulation, including sustainability, privacy, and issues related to wearable technology consumer culture and civil rights You’ll also gain direct access to events and networking opportunities available through the nonprofit Fashion Law Institute. Established with the assistance of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, it’s the world’s first center dedicated to the law and business of fashion—and it’s based at Fordham Law. CURRICULUM FOR U.S. JD HOLDERS If you hold a JD from a law school in the U.S., you must take the following classes: Fashion Law* (3 credits) Fashion Law Capstone/Thesis (3 credits; final semester) At least four of the following courses designated "FASH" on the course listing published on the registrar's website: Fashion Ethics, Sustainability, and Development (2 or 3 credits) Fashion Law and Finance (2 credits) Fashion Licensing (2 credits) Fashion Modeling Law (2 or 3 credits) Fashion Retail Law (2 credits) Fashion Law Practicum (3 credits) (Note: limited enrollment Additional electives, chosen from the range of courses open to LLM students, for a total of 24 credits. Consider choosing electives that complement your fashion-related courses and cover areas of legal specialization important... [-]

LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA New York

This unique program combines the classic study of intellectual property rights with the rapidly emerging field of information technology law. [+]

This unique program combines the classic study of intellectual property rights with the rapidly emerging field of information technology law. Students study fundamental and advanced intellectual property rights issues in copyright, patent, and trademark law and also learn about issues that lie at the heart of today’s digital information society, such as cybercrime, e-commerce, information privacy law, and Internet law. Core courses include Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Law, Internet Regulation, Mass Media Law, Patent Law, and Trademark Law. Students also choose from more advanced and specialized courses in the fields of information technology and intellectual property law. CREDIT HOURS Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27. PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED COURSES The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law program. The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include at least 6 credits from the following Core Distribution Courses: Copyright Law Information Law Survey Intellectual Property Law Patent Law Trademark Law Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must be chosen from among the wide selection of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law program. ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES For students who do not hold a degree from a U.S. law school, the following courses are also required: Introduction to the U.S. Legal System Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession At... [-]

LLM in International Dispute Resolution

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA New York

Fordham’s Master of Laws program in International Dispute Resolution will focus on the various ways that international disputes are resolved, including through traditional litigation as well as alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation. [+]

Fordham’s Master of Laws program in International Dispute Resolution will focus on the various ways that international disputes are resolved, including through traditional litigation as well as alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation. While traditional methods of dispute resolution remain important, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are growing rapidly as a preferred method of resolving disputes between parties in public and private international law matters. It is increasingly important for lawyers to have a strong understanding of both the principles underlying each of these methods and the processes involved. This program offers students the opportunity to explore in depth the various options for the adjudication of disputes, and especially to examine how they are played out in the international arena. Foreign students will develop an appreciation for the U.S. common law system generally, and will learn some of the particular characteristics of the U.S. litigation model. CREDIT HOURS Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27. PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED COURSES The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Dispute Resolution program. The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include the following Core Courses: Alternative Dispute Resolution Litigation Management for the International Lawyer Litigation Management for the International Lawyer is not required for students who hold a JD from a U.S. law school. Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution requirement must be chosen from among... [-]

LLM in International Law and Justice

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA New York

This program offers students the opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of human rights protection and promotion on international, regional, and domestic levels. The degree is designed primarily for lawyers and students who work or intend to pursue a career in the public sector, including high-level government attorneys, leaders in nongovernmental organizations, and academics. [+]

This program offers students the opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of human rights protection and promotion on international, regional, and domestic levels. The degree is designed primarily for lawyers and students who work or intend to pursue a career in the public sector, including high-level government attorneys, leaders in nongovernmental organizations, and academics. This LLM program was created under the auspices of Fordham Law’s Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, one of the largest and most dynamic human rights programs in the nation. The Center’s Vivian Leitner Global South LLM Scholars Program offers generous scholarships and stipends to enable select graduate students from the developing world to enroll in this program. CREDIT HOURS Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27. PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED COURSES The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Law and Justice program. The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include the following Core Course: International Law Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must be chosen from among the wide selection of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Law and Justice program. ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES For students who do not hold a degree from a U.S. law school, the following courses are also required: Introduction to the U.S. Legal System* Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students* Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession**† At least 6 credits of... [-]

LLM International Business and Trade Law

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA New York

This program prepares students to meet the challenges of an increasingly global economy by giving them the knowledge and training needed to handle complex transnational transactions that define the current legal and business environment. [+]

This program prepares students to meet the challenges of an increasingly global economy by giving them the knowledge and training needed to handle complex transnational transactions that define the current legal and business environment. This program includes core courses in European Union Law, International Law, International Business Transactions, and International Trade Regulation, as well as a range of elective courses in such subjects as Admiralty and International Maritime Law, U.S. Contract Law, International Arbitration, and Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions. Students may also choose courses from an evolving curriculum that reflects current global economic power players with courses such as Islamic Finance and Estate Planning and China and International Law. CREDIT HOURS Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27. PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED COURSES The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Business and Trade Law program. The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include at least two of the following four Core Distribution Courses: European Union Law or European Union Business Law International Business Transactions International Law International Trade Regulation/International Trade Law Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must be chosen from among the wide selection of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Business and Trade Law program. ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES For students who do not hold a JD degree from a U.S. law school, the following courses are also required: Introduction to the... [-]

LLM in U.S. Law

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA New York

This program offers students the flexibility to develop a curriculum in U.S. law topics that suits their particular needs and interests. This degree is designed for students who have received their primary legal education in civil law countries and who plan to return to their home countries within a few years of receiving the LLM degree. [+]

This program offers students the flexibility to develop a curriculum in U.S. law topics that suits their particular needs and interests. This degree is designed for students who have received their primary legal education in civil law countries and who plan to return to their home countries within a few years of receiving the LLM degree. It is most suitable for civil-trained lawyers and law students who work in government service, general law practice, or academia. Prior to Fall 2015, this program was called "U.S. and Comparative Law." The program title was changed; however, the curriculum remains the same. Degrees awarded May 2015 or earlier will have the former name; all degrees awarded thereafter will bear the new name. CREDIT HOURS Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27. PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED COURSES The 24-credit minimum must include the following Core Course: Introduction to the U.S. Legal System Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession At least 6 credits of Content Outline courses Students are also urged to take at least one course on a topic of Comparative Law. Students are required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students during their first semester of study in the LLM program. A Note Regarding Course Selection for Part Time Students The LLM program strives to ensure that there is a wide range of courses... [-]