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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-131, New York, NY 10023, United States
Fordham Law School’s LLM programs combine rigorous study and a warm and welcoming environment, all in the heart of New York City—the nation’s legal, financial, and cultural capital.
The Fordham Law curriculum offers a perfect mix of courses devoted to theoretical inquiry as well as practical exposure. LLM students have the opportunity to enroll in drafting courses, clinics, and externships that offer them hands-on legal experience. LLM students may also apply for special staff positions on student-run journals. Each year LLM students also serve on the boards of student organizations, such as the Global Law Society and the Student Bar Association.
Fordham Law offers the flexibility to accommodate today’s global professionals. You can begin your studies in either August or January. Our dual-concentration program allows you to study for three semesters and have the unique advantage of receiving the LLM in any two of our areas of specialization. Our new professional track allows busy professionals maximum flexibility in scheduling their studies over a period of up to two years. Students also have the option of taking our new Legal English Institute (LEI) on a credit basis as part of a dual-concentration LLM program in US Law and a second concentration of their choice.
Fordham Law has a brand new state-of-the art building just steps from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, blocks from Central Park, and a short walk or subway ride from all that New York City has to offer. In addition to innumerable social and cultural opportunities, Fordham Law’s location offers students unparalleled access to networking and other professional opportunities.
Fordham Law professors are as well known for their teaching as they are for their scholarship. Our faculty members devote themselves to the educational experience, and do so with a personal touch. Our full-time faculty is supplemented by a cadre of adjunct professors, drawn from some of the most prestigious law firms, companies, and international organizations in the world.
Law School Enrollment
- Total LLM enrollment: 175
- Full time: 145
- Part time: 30
There are a limited number of dorm rooms available to LLM students. The Residential Life Office will make housing assignments on a first-come, first-served basis. Fordham also offers some graduate housing at 134 West 58th Street, a short walk to the Law School. For applications and information, contact the Residential Life Office at 212.636.7100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most students live off campus, either in Manhattan or other boroughs of New York City, or in New Jersey. An excellent public transportation network makes for easy travel into and within New York City.
LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization
Our eight LLM degree programs are built on the principles of globalization and specialization. At Fordham Law, these two guiding ideas are not mutually exclusive; they are interdependent.
Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law
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 US 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 areas such as bankruptcy, corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate tax, cross-border insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation and enforcement.
The Corporate Compliance LLM program is the first of its kind in the United States. Students will be trained in the skills that are essential for any professional in this field of rapidly emerging and growing importance, which is often global in scope. Students study the basic regulatory framework, the role of in-house counsel, the corporate compliance office, and the varied elements of compliance.
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 five 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
- 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.
Intellectual Property and Information Technology
Fordham Law’s unique program in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law combines the classic study of intellectual property rights with the rapidly developing 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 head of today’s digital information society, such as cybercrime, e-commerce, information privacy law, and Internet law.
International Business and Trade Law
The LLM program in International Business and Trade Law prepares students to meet the challenges of an increasingly global economy by giving them the knowledge and training needed to handle the complex transnational transactions that define the current legal and business environment. Students choose courses from an evolving curriculum that reflects current global economic power players.
International Dispute Resolution
The International Dispute Resolution program offers students the opportunity to explore in depth, from both a theoretical and a practical perspective, 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 US common law system generally, and will learn some of the particular characteristics of the US litigation model.
International Law and Justice
The International Law and Justice program offers students the opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of human rights protection and promotion on international, regional, and domestic levels. This degree is designed primarily for those who work or intend to pursue a career in the public sector, including high-level government attorneys and leaders in nongovernmental organizations and academics.
The US Law program is designed for students who have received their primary legal education in a civil law country and who are interested in an introduction to the fundamental principles of the US legal system and basic concepts of US law. Students in this program have the flexibility to develop a curriculum in US law topics that suits their particular needs and interests.
The Graduate Professional Development Program (GPDP) was created to address the career planning and professional development needs of Fordham Law School’s LLM community. The GPDP sponsors a wide variety of programs for students, including programs on résumé writing, interviewing skills, and job-search strategies, as well as individualized counseling sessions. Alumni can take advantage of individual advising, as well as assistance with résumé and cover letter writing. We aim to provide the highest level of service to students, alumni, and employers alike.
- Applications must be submitted online through your LSAC LLM account. The deadline for spring admission (January) is October 1, and the deadline for fall admission (August) is March 1. Plan to submit your application early to receive priority consideration for one of our merit-based scholarships.
- $70 application fee ($100 for applications submitted after the application deadline). Please note that this is in addition to LSAC’s fees.
- All applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the 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. Applicants who are not exempt but who received their legal education with English as the sole language of instruction may request a waiver. However, please note that the admission committee strongly prefers such applicants to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
- All applicants must submit the following documentation:
- Official transcript from each college, university, graduate school, and law school attended. LSAC’s International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service is optional. All transcripts must be accompanied by an explanation of the grading system in English.
- A typed, 500-word personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- A current résumé or curriculum vitae.
- Tuition for academic year 2017–2018 is $57,386, full time, and $2,391 per credit, part time.
Fordham Law LLM Feerick, Treanor, and Martin Scholarships
We are pleased to announce three new scholarships, named in honor of former Fordham Law School deans who contributed enormously to the development of our LLM programs. These are the John D. Feerick Scholarship, the William Michael Treanor Scholarship, and the Michael M. Martin Scholarship.
Recipients will be awarded a scholarship equal to 100% of the LLM tuition. These three scholarships will be awarded to exceptional applicants to the full-time program who are found to possess character traits embodied by one or more of these great leaders. To apply, applicants must submit an essay and complete their application file by February 1. Additional information and application instructions are available at Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Fordham Law Graduate Student Scholarships
Each semester, the admissions committee awards partial scholarships based on merit. There is no separate application process for these scholarships; however, applicants must check the box on their application form indicating they wish to be considered for a Graduate Student Scholarship and applications should be completed by the early scholarship deadline for priority consideration (September 21/February 1). LLM program staff will notify applicants if they have been selected for a scholarship award. Additional information is available at Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Vivian Leitner Global South LLM Scholars Program
Fordham Law also offers a scholarship through the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. This scholarship is restricted to a select few highly qualified candidates in international human rights. For application information, including the application deadline, please visit the Vivian Leitner Global South LLM Scholars Program.
For additional information about Fordham’s LLM programs, please contact:
Fordham University School of Law—LLM Program
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-131
New York, NY 10023