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Fordham Law: Reputation for Excellence

Fordham: One of the top law schools in the country

Professor Kimani Paul-Emile talks about what makes Fordham one of the top law schools, what drew her to teach at Fordham, and the “second campus” students have in New York City.
Fordham Law’s unique approach to legal education has rightly earned the School widespread praise as a leader among American law schools. In fact, Fordham Law is considered one of the top law schools by U.S. News & World Report.

Our committed faculty, our talented students, and our passionate alumni embody academic excellence. Our innovative and challenging curriculum provides substantive theory with ample hands-on lawyering opportunities. Fordham Law attracts top scholars who are supportive and approachable, who teach students to think critically and learn creatively about traditional and emerging areas of legal practice, including intellectual property, international human rights, and corporate and finance law.

Fordham Law students gain an education that extends far beyond a solid understanding of fundamental legal principles. Through a variety of clinics, internships and externships, judicial clerkships, summer placements, and fellowships, students obtain substantive experience in real legal settings. Our students are challenged to master the letter of the law and to seek meaningful solutions to the complex legal problems people face in the 21st century.

In terms of ranks and measures, the results of our compelling approach to legal education are excellent. As a top law school, Fordham Law is very selective. The School is one of the most selective law schools in the nation, measured in terms of median LSAT scores. With an impressive record of graduate employment, Fordham Law is one of the 20 top law schools measured in terms of Class of 2013 initial employment with Big Law (firms with 101+ attorneys) and federal clerkships reported to the ABA.

In the U.S. News and World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” 2015 edition, Fordham Law is ranked in the top tier overall, and our part-time, evening program is ranked 3rd in the nation. Additionally, several of our specialty programs are nationally ranked:

  • Dispute Resolution, No. 13
  • Clinical Training, No. 14
  • Intellectual Property, No. 17

The very best law schools also have outstanding student-edited journals, and Fordham Law is no exception. The School’s journals are consistently rated among the world’s best.

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