Preparation for the Semester

There are a number of tasks you will need to undertake before the semester even begins.  The following is a description of those tasks, and, to further assist you, a checklist is included in this Handbook so that you can confirm you have completed all necessary items.

Agreement with Fordham

Prior to the semester, you should receive a proposed agreement with Fordham.  If the agreement is acceptable to you, please sign and return it to Fordham.  Executed agreements should be directed to the Director of Faculty Administration (see Directory).
It is important that all paper work pertaining to your appointment to the adjunct faculty be returned to Director of Faculty Administration as quickly as possible.  Some services are not available to you until your paperwork is processed by the University.  Processing takes approximately two weeks.

Course Description

Students select courses from the Registrar's Course Bulletin online, which sets forth the following:

Law School Logo A brief description of each course's subject matter

Law School Logo The number of available credits

Law School Logo The course requirements (such as a paper and/or a final examination, take home examination)

Law School Logo Prerequisites, if any and if so if it is as well a corequisite

Law School Logo Enrollment limitations if any

Law School Logo Whether or not the course will satisfy the upper-class writing requirement

An example of a course description follows:

Professional Responsibility:  Criminal Advocacy  (3 credits)

This course focuses on the ethical responsibilities of prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. Topics include the allocation of decision-making authority, the duty of confidentiality and its limits, conflicts of interests, and ethical responsibilities in the investigation and trial of criminal cases. While focusing on the codified standards of professional responsibility, the course will also explore the relationship between the Constitution and ethical rules as well as how problems left unresolved by those rules ought to be addressed. A paper is required.  Enrollment is limited to 25.

Each adjunct professor should prepare a course description and send it electronically to the Registrar's Office (see Registar's Contact Us Page) no later than two months before the professor's class is scheduled to begin. 


Course Assignment & Schedule

The Registrar's Office will endeavor to accommodate your preferences regarding the time and day your class will meet.  Please note your preferences on the Course Schedule Request form.  For returning faculty, the form is available online through FacNet. Your efforts to be flexible are much appreciated, as the Registrar must coordinate a considerable number of courses and professor' preferences, while working with such constraints as classroom size and availability.  If there are particular times and days that you cannot teach, please indicate that in your report.  Please note that there are certain periods (e.g., Tuesdays 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm; Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm; and Thursdays 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm) during which classes are not scheduled in order to facilitate faculty meetings, lectures, and the like.

The class schedule for the Fall semester is made available to students the preceding March. The schedule for the Spring is published at the end of September. The Registrar’s Office begins working on the Fall schedule in January.

Once your class has been assigned, please carefully check the academic calendar for the semester.  The academic calendar can be accessed from the Registrar’s Homepage at Please note that even though your class has been assigned for a particular day, it may be scheduled to meet occasionally on an alternative day to accommodate holiday breaks.  For example, your class may be assigned to meet on Mondays, but because classes are not held on the Monday on which Martin Luther King Day falls, your class may meet on a Wednesday one week during the course of the semester.

Text/Materials Selection

Each adjunct professor selects the text and/or other materials to be assigned to students.  Legal publishers often accommodate professors by making a courtesy copy of texts available.  You may wish to browse publisher's web-sites or contact such publishers to inquire about texts suitable for your class.  You also may want to request any supplements to the texts you review and any accompanying teacher's manuals. 

Prominent legal publishers include the following:

Aspen Law & Business
Aspen Publishers, Inc.
512 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
tel:  (800) 234-1660 
Carolina Academic Press
700 Kent Street
Durham, NC 27707
tel:  (919) 489-7486
Foundation Press
359 Hudson Street
New York, NY  10014
tel:  (212) 760-8700
West Group Publishers
530 5th Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017
tel:  (212) 922-1920

If you assign (or supplement your reading assignments with) references to web-sites, you should ensure throughout the semester that such sites remain available, as sometimes material is withdrawn or sites are de-listed.

The Law School can assist you with the duplication of hand-outs and course packs, which are anthologies of material you select.  To make such arrangements, please contact Faculty Support (see Directory).  In addition, the West Group Publishers can work with you to custom publish a coursepack, downloading court decisions and statutory provisions from WESTLAW, for example, binding them in the order you determine, and offering them for sale to students.

When duplication of material (such as audio and videotape material) is cumbersome, you may wish to make material available to your students through the Library, as a faculty loan.  To make such arrangements, please contact the Circulation Desk at 212 636-7820.

Of course, as is the case with students, the faculty is expected to respect the intellectual property rights of others, and you must ensure that you have secured all necessary permissions to reproduce and distribute the materials, submit materials to the School for duplication, and hand out the materials during your classes.

All textbook orders should be submitted prior to registration for a semester. 

Fordham Copyright Policy

Please be advised that Fordham has a strict copyright policy that must be adhered to with respect to the distribution of course materials.  Generally, the best solution for gaining copyright clearance for protected materials is to have the bookstore make up a coursepack for the semester’s readings as they will seek appropriate permission where needed at the expense of the students.  Please contact the Manager of Faculty Support (see directory) for a more detailed description of Fordham’s Copyright Policy.


Prior to the commencement of the semester, you should prepare a course syllabus.  Each syllabus should include the following (at a minimum):

Law School Logo Your name and the name of the course you will be teaching

Law School Logo A reference to the semester (e.g., "Spring Semester 2009")

Law School Logo The text and/or other materials assigned and/or recommended

Law School Logo The ISBN Numbers for each assigned and/or recommended text

Law School Logo The reading assignments for each class session

As you prepare your syllabus, it is important to be mindful of the prerequisite classes your students likely will have attended prior to your class so that you can address their level accordingly. Please also bear in mind that law school courses are meant to be academically rigorous.  As a general guideline, students are expected to spend at least one to two hours preparing for each class hour.

As you design your syllabus, you may wish to confer with other professors at Fordham and elsewhere who have taught similar courses to review their approaches.  You also may want to look at web-sites hosted by law schools and by individual professors where syllabi frequently are posted. 

Before the semester begins, you should send the syllabus to the Director of Adjuncts, as well as the Manager of Faculty Support (see Directory for contact information).

If you prefer, you may furnish just the reading assignment for the first class session to the Manager of Faculty Support before the semester begins.  In either event, copies of syllabi should be distributed to students during the first class session.