Fordham University School of Law

140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

An Overview

Fordham Law School has provided a complete education in the law for more than 100 years. Whilethe legal profession has changed during that time, the core mission of Fordham Law educationhas not. Fordham Law School continues to value academic excellence and the lawyer's craft, andremains committed to ethics and to service, imparting the warmth of community. Fordham lawyershave been and will continue to be dedicated to the highest standards of the legal profession and tothe service of others

Put simply, Fordham Law stands apart because it offers a complete legal education.

Here, a solid grounding in legal theory is balanced with hands-on learning about the craft oflawyering. Fordham Law School's students benefit from a curriculum and faculty that has earneda reputation for excellence. Their studies are enriched by essential and innovative internationalopportunities. And they graduate prepared to practice law--from day one.

At Fordham Law, a spirit of service has been central since the law school's founding in 1905.The school's focus on ethics help students navigate the difficult issues they'll face as they pursuecareers in an increasingly complex world. Fordham Law's community of alumni provides asupportive network around the country and around the globe. And its dynamic location in New YorkCity ensures its students access to opportunities that can only be found in a world-class city.

Degrees Offered
  • LL.M. in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law
  • LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law
  • LL.M. in International Business and Trade Law
  • LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution
  • LL.M. in International Law and Justice
  • LL.M. in U.S. and Comparative Law

Admission Information

Requirements Details
Eligibility Foreign-trained applicants are eligible to apply to the LL.M. program if they hold a degree from a recognized foreign law school, law faculty, or law department that is substantially equivalent to the legal education provided by an ABA-approved law school in the United States. Such education should meet the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law in that country. Note that admission to the Bar of any jurisdiction may meet the eligibility criteria.

U.S. applicants are eligible if they hold the following: (i) a degree from a U.S. accredited four-year college or university or its equivalent; and (ii) a degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
Transcripts Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college, university, graduate, and law school attended regardless of whether the program was completed or a degree was awarded. Each transcript must be sealed in an envelope sent directly from the institution of study.
Letters of Recommendation Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Each letter should be from someone who knows the candidate well and can provide a candid personalized evaluation of the candidate's potential success in the graduate program. If possible, at least one letter should be from a law professor or law school dean.

Letters of recommendation must be written on official letterhead. If a candidate is applying directly to Fordham Law, each letter must be attached to a completed recommendation request form, available below. Please send each letter of recommendation together with a completed recommendation request form in a sealed envelope to the mailing address specified above. Each recommender must sign the back flap of the sealed envelope. If these requirements are not met, the letters will be rejected and returned the applicant. Fordham Law does not accept letters of recommendation by email.
Personal Statement A 500-word personal statement describing the candidate's reasons for pursuing this graduate degree, where the candidate plans to practice in five years, and the contributions he/she hopes to make to the legal profession upon completion of the course of study.
Proof of Competency in English All applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International Legal English Certificate (ILEC), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from the United States, any Caribbean Island where English is the sole official language, Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, or the United Kingdom.
Application Fee $70
Law School Admission Test NA
Curriculum Vitae A current resume or curriculum vitae. A resume or curriculum vitae should include the candidate's complete university educational experience, his/her complete employment history, and any additional academic or professional activities. Also, any publications and presentations should be included.

Other Information

Criteria Details
Nature and Tenure of Courses Offered NA
Application Procedure/Time to apply/Application deadline Fall Admission
March 1
Spring Admission
October 1
LL.M. Degree Requirements 12-credit Specialization Distribution requirement:
Minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.
This 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include at least 2 of the following 4 Core Distribution Courses
To earn an LL.M. degree in the Specialized Programs, students are required to get:

LL.M. in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.
LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.
LL.M. in International Business and Trade Law Each student is required to complete 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.
LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.
LL.M. in International Law and Justice Each student is required to complete 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.
LL.M. in U.S. & Comparative Law Each student is required to complete 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.

Details of Courses Offered

Students seeking the LL.M. 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.

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.

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.

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, as well as the processes involved.

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 LL.M. 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 LL.M. Scholars Program offers generous scholarships and stipends to enable select graduate students from the developing world to enroll in this program.

This program offers students the flexibility to develop a curriculum in U.S. law topics that suits their particular needs and interests. Students enroll in the core course of Perspectives in U.S. Law and can choose from a wide range of electives. 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 LL.M. degree. It is most suitable for civil-trained lawyers and law students who work in government service, general law practice or academia.

Financial Aid

Merit Scholarships
All admitted students are automatically reviewed for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are offered to admitted students on the basis of LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs. The awards are guaranteed for three years (four, if in the part-time evening program) as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. These merit scholarships generally range from $5,000 to $25,000 per year.

The Admissions Office also reviews applicants for the Francis J. Mulderig National Scholars Award and the Paul R. Brenner Scholarship. These full-tuition scholarships are offered to students from across the country on the basis of their outstanding academic credentials and demonstrated leadership potential.

Although merit scholarships are offered almost exclusively to incoming students, the Dean awards Wilkinson Scholarships each June to students who achieved the highest GPAs during their first year of law school. These are guaranteed two-year awards for full-time students and three-year awards for part-time students.

Need-based Grants
Fordham Law awards a limited number of partial tuition grants on the basis of financial need. These annual grants range from $2,000 to $20,000. They are guaranteed renewable for the second year (full time) and second and third year (part time evening). Because these grants are awarded on the basis of need, and many of Fordham Law's students have substantial earnings from employment in the summer before their final year of law school, the grant may be reduced for students earning more than $15,000 during the summer. The school's formula for calculating this reduction is: (gross summer income minus $15,000) x 0.6 x 0.5.

Funding for Fordham's grant program is derived from several sources, including annual gifts and endowed scholarship funds made possible by the generosity of Fordham Law alumni and benefactors. Although the awards are made on the basis of need, some have additional criteria. For example, awards may be made to students pursuing certain areas of the law or made on the basis of geography, undergraduate college attended, prior work experience, or commitment to public service. These "named scholarships" are generally named for their donors or honorees. In order to qualify for any of these scholarships, students must first apply for need-based aid.

All the School's grants and scholarships are made with the understanding that recipients have a moral obligation to support future Fordham students when they are financially able to do so. This legacy of support is a hallmark of Fordham Law.

Cost of Attendance

LLM Division Full-time Enrollment

Tuition New Enrollment for Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 Returning students who enrolled prior to Fall 2013
Tuition $50,370 $48,900
Fees $626 $626
Room & Board $19,168 $19,168
Books & Supplies $1,788 $1,788
Travel $1,734 $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $4,036 $4,036
TOTAL $77,722 $76,252
LLM Division Part-time Enrollment

24 credits 18 credits 12 credits 6 credits
Tuition $49,680 $37,260 $24,840 $12,420
Fees $536 $536 $536 $536
Room & Board $19,168 $19,168 $19,168 $19,168
Books & Supplies $1,788 $1,341 $894 $447
Travel $1,734 $1,734 $1,734 $1,734
Personal Expenses $4,036 $4,036 $4,036 $4,036
TOTAL $76,942 $64,075 $51,208 $38,341

Career Development/Services Offered

As students explore the school website, they will discover the school website, he/she will discover what sets a Fordham Law degree apart from another degree. Becoming part of the Fordham Law family will be a lifelong connection that crosses both personal and professional boundaries.

The Fordham Law alumni network is active and strong, and spans the U.S. and the globe. Fordham Law alumni are present at every level of government and in virtually all sectors of law and industry. The achievements of Fordham Law School's alumni are indicative of the commitment and accessibility of the law school's faculty, as well as the rigorous and dynamic Fordham Law curriculum, which includes a vast array of clinical opportunities.

Each year, the school welcomes into the Fordham Law family more than 500 students from the U.S. and over 40 countries who arrive on the school's Lincoln Center campus, eager and excited to begin their studies towards a J.D. or an LL.M./S.J.D. degree.