Fordham University School of Law

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Fordham University School of Law
Fordham University Logo.png
Latin: Universitas Fordhamensis
Motto Latin: Sapientia et Doctrina
Motto in English Wisdom and Learning
Established 1905
Type Private[1]
Religious affiliation Catholic, Jesuit
President Rev. Joseph M. McShane S.J.
Dean Michael M. Martin
Postgraduates 1,500
Location New York City, New York, United States
Campus Lincoln Center (Manhattan):
Urban, 8 acres (32,000 m2)
Colors Maroon and White          
Nickname The Rams
Mascot Ram
New Fordham Law School
Old Fordham Law School
Law school lobby
Fordham Law library entrance
Fordham Law library reading room
Fordham Law faculty stairs
New Fordham Law moot court
On behalf of Fordham, former Dean Treanor (right) bestowed upon civil rights pioneer Judge Robert L. Carter (left) a rare honorary juris doctor.

Fordham University School of Law (commonly known as Fordham Law or Fordham Law School) is a part of Fordham University in the United States. The School is located in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, and is one of eight ABA-approved law schools in that city. In 2013, 91% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam, placing the law school fifth-best among New York's 15 law schools.[2]

According to Fordham University School of Law's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 63.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[3]


According to the U.S. News & World Report, 1,516 J.D. students attend Fordham Law.[4] There are 1,170 students in the Day Division; the rest attend the Evening Division. Fordham Law also offers Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees in the following specializations: Banking, Corporate, & Finance Law; International Business & Trade Law; International Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law; International Law & Justice; and U.S. and Comparative Law. LLM students can take a second concentration after finishing the first one by enrolling in a third semester.[5] Joint degrees are offered in conjunction with Fordham's other graduate schools, including J.D./M.A. in International Political Economy and Development; J.D./M.B.A.; and J.D./M.S.W.. William Treanor became the ninth dean of Fordham Law School in 2002, succeeding John Feerick. The current dean of Fordham Law School is Michael M. Martin.

Founded in 1905, Fordham Law commemorated its Centennial during the 2005-2006 academic year, and capped the year-long celebration with an alumni gala on Ellis Island on September 28, the school's official birthday. The school used the occasion of its Centennial to launch a new fundraising drive in 2005, and in just one year had raised more than $10 million thanks in large part to the more than 100 "Centennial Founders" who each contributed $100,000 or more. As of February 2006, Fordham has met 71% of its Centennial goal of 100,000 hours of collective community service from students, faculty, administrators, and alumni.


For 2011, Superlawyers ranked Fordham 27th in the nation.[6] In 2014, Fordham was ranked 36th by US News and World Report.[7] It has the highest ranked part-time law program in New York state (ranked 3rd in the nation in 2014.)[8] Additionally, three specialty programs were nationally ranked: Dispute Resolution, 10th; Clinical Training, 12th, and Intellectual Property, 18th.[9]

According to QS World University Rankings, Fordham Law is ranked between 51 to 100 in the world in 2013.[10]

According to AUAP LL.M Rankings, Fordham Law LL.M program is ranked 6th nationally in 2012.

According to the 2011 AmLaw 100 database from the American Lawyer, Fordham is 6th in placement of graduates into the top 50 firms, 6th in placement for the top 25 firms, 10th for the top ten firms,[11] and 6th in placement of graduates into the top 5 firms.

In 2013, 91% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam, placing the law school fifth-best among New York's 15 law schools.[12]


Originally located in New York's downtown Financial District, Fordham Law is currently located on the West Side of Manhattan, as part of Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus. The main law school building is named for Benjamin A. Javits (LL.B 1918), brother of Jacob K. Javits. In 1984, the Ned Doyle Building was added. Fordham Law also rents space at 33 West 60th Street, across Columbus Avenue from its main building, for some faculty offices, its law clinic, and administrative offices for the Crowley Program, Admissions, and Financial Aid.

As part of the university's Lincoln Center Master Plan, unveiled in 2005,[13] a new law school building will be built. The building will take three years to complete following the groundbreaking on May 2, 2011.[14] It will more than double instructional space at the school and create a more than 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) library.[15] The new law school building is part of the university's Phase 1 redevelopment of its Lincoln Center Campus.[16]


Legal writing program[edit]

Fordham offers an extensive legal writing program, with many course offerings beyond the first year. All legal writing courses are taught by adjunct professors.

Clinical education[edit]

The Clinical education program at Fordham Law is ranked 12th nationally by U.S. News & World Report in its 2010 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.[17] At Fordham, Clinical education is available but not required. Students are selected for clinics via a competitive application process. Fordham students have an opportunity to enroll in clinics following their first year, and after taking the Fundamental Lawyering Skills course. In Fall 2009, 11 clinics will be offered:[18]

  • Community Economic Development
  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Advocacy
  • Federal Litigation
  • International Human Rights
  • Mediation
  • Intellectual Property and Information Law
  • Securities Arbitration
  • Social Justice
  • Tax and Consumer Litigation
  • Urban Policy

Fordham's clinics represent clients as "Lincoln Square Legal Services."

Crowley Program in International Human Rights[edit]

The Crowley Program in International Human Rights, named after the late Professor Joseph R. Crowley, was founded in 1997. It is a highly selective program of study in international human rights law undertaken in the 2L year, culminating in a two-week overseas fact-finding mission in the summer. Students in the program are known as Crowley Scholars. In the fall semester, Crowley Scholars are required to take International Human Rights, a survey course, and are encouraged to take other human rights/international law courses. In the spring, Crowley Scholars take a seminar to prepare them for the summer fact-finding mission. Following the mission, Crowley Scholars assist in writing the mission report, which is later published in the Fordham International Law Journal. The program is overseen by in part by a Crowley Fellow, who serves a one-year adjunct professorship.

Student publications[edit]

Students at Fordham Law publish six nationally recognized law journals. In order of their founding, they are:

Public Interest Resource Center[edit]

Fordham's Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) serves as the clearinghouse for student community service and pro bono work, and hosts 19 student-run organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Unemployment Action Center, Just Democracy, and others. PIRC earned Fordham Law the American Bar Association's 2008 Pro Bono Publico Award, making Fordham Law only the second university winner in the award's history.[22]

Stein Scholars[edit]

The PIRC also runs the competitive Stein Scholars Program in Public Interest Law and Ethics, in which selected students train for a career in the public sphere and receive funding for doing unpaid public interest work. The program is sponsored by the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, which counts among its Board of Advisors several influential people, including Geraldine Ferraro '60, three sitting judges, and others.

Notable alumni[edit]

Fordham Law in popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


According to Fordham Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 63.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[23] Fordham Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 26.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[24]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Fordham Law School for the 2014-2015 academic year is $81,723.[25] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $295,466.[26]


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  3. ^ "Class of 2013 at 9 months". 
  4. ^ Largest law schools
  5. ^ Dual-Concentration LL.M. Degree Option
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  8. ^ [4], Best Part Time Law Programs US News & World Report
  9. ^ Fordham Law School News Release
  10. ^ "QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS BY SUBJECT 2013 - LAW". Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  11. ^ Law school graduates at top firms identified through “Martindale Hubbell Listings, All” database of LexisNexis, identifying every attorney from any of top firms who graduated from a particular law school.
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  13. ^ Fordham Unveils Lincoln Center Master Plan, press release, Aug. 26, 2005; Master Plan Unveiled, Inside Fordham Online, Mar. 2005
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  16. ^ Fordham University Campus Development
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  18. ^ Fordham Law Clinical Education
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  20. ^ To Shred or Not to Shred: Document Retention Policies and Federal Obstruction of Justice Statutes, by Christopher R. Chase, 8 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 721 (2003).
  21. ^ John Doyle, Washington and Lee University, School of Law Library - Most-Cited Legal Periodicals: U.S. and selected non-U.S., 2005 rankings of law school journals.
  22. ^ ABA Pro Bono Publico Award - Current Recipients
  23. ^ "Class of 2013 at 9 months". 
  24. ^ "Fordham University Profile". 
  25. ^ "Tuition & Cost of Attendance". 
  26. ^ "Fordham University Profile". 

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