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photo It is my pleasure to welcome you to Fordham Law. I invite you to learn about the many accomplishments of the Law School community through this website. You will also find information about the School’s groundbreaking centers and institutes, our distinguished faculty, and Fordham Law’s distinct approach of teaching law to the next leaders in the legal profession.

This approach balances rigorous academic coursework with enriching real-world practice. It stresses the importance of ethics and the community-building power of public service—indeed, the Class of 2012 performed more than 187,000 hours of public interest work during their time at Fordham Law. We call our model of teaching a complete legal education, and we have been perfecting it for more than 100 years.

Our compelling vision of legal education has not gone unnoticed. Fordham Law is the 22nd most selective law school in the country based on median LSAT scores. Three of our specialty areas are ranked among the nation’s top 15: Dispute Resolution (#11), Intellectual Property Law (#12), and Clinical Training (#15).  

Our outstanding student journals are some of the most cited in the legal profession: the Fordham Law Review is the 7th most cited student-edited review in judicial opinions, and we have three of the top 5 most cited specialty law journals—the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law (#1), the Fordham Urban Law Journal (#3), and the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal (#4). Our students are not only superb legal writers but also successful competitors via our award-winning Moot Court Program, Brendan Moore Trial Advocates, and Dispute Resolution Society.

After they graduate, our talented students become accomplished lawyers. Fordham is one of the 20 top law schools in Class of 2011 initial employment with Big Law and federal clerkships. Our global network of devoted alumni includes some of the nation’s finest judges, public servants, and academics, as well as leading attorneys and businesspeople around the world.

These rankings and figures don’t tell the whole story about the Fordham Law difference. The people of Fordham Law—the students, the staff, the professors, the alumni, the friends—form the true narrative. Fordham Law School is a community unique in American legal education. After you have checked out our website, I hope you will come by and visit us here on campus. Meet the individuals who make Fordham Law such a special place. Join the community.

Michael M. Martin 
Dean and Fordham University Distinguished Professor of Law