Fordham Law School was founded in 1905, and has an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students in the day and evening divisions and the masters (L.L.M.) program. The School opened in what is now known as Collins Hall on Fordham University's Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, New York, and shortly thereafter moved to a location in downtown Manhattan. By 1912, a separate evening division was established, which remains a vital component of the Law School today. From 1915 to 1943, the Law School was located in the Woolworth Building, and then, until 1961, the Law School joined other parts of Fordham University in a building at the corner of Broadway and Duane Streets in Manhattan. The Law School's permanent home in the Lincoln Center section of Manhattan was established in 1961, and in 1984, its building was enlarged to accommodate an atrium, amphitheatre, additional classrooms, and an expanded library.
Candidates for a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree must complete 83 credit units. The required program in the day division extends over three academic years; in the evening division, it extends over four academic years. The School's requirements are designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the New York Court of Appeals, the American Bar Association, and the Association of American Law Schools.
In addition to its course curriculum, Fordham Law School includes a number of Centers and Institutes, each of which organizes conferences and hosts programs. These activities, which afford a multi-dimensional approach to the legal training of law students and enhances their preparation for professional careers, may be related thematically to your course.
The Center for Corporate, Securities, and Financial Law serves as a focal point for the School's business law programs. Capitalizing on the Law School's strong academic reputation, its alumni network of prominent corporate and business leaders, and its location in the financial capital of the world, the Center provides a forum in which attorneys and policy makers can address issues of importance to the business community. The Center's programs include roundtable discussions, in which leaders in the business community are invited to debate financial issues and consider business challenges to formulate policy in an academic environment that is independent of partisanship or client influence. The Center also enjoys the support of a specialized scholarly journal, the Journal of Corporate & Financial Law, which has published reports of many of the Center's programs. The Center also runs an Advanced Business Law Seminar in which students are introduced to leading business law academicians.
The Center on European Union Law was established in 1984. The Center provides a teaching and resource facility devoted to European Union law, as well as European Union and international antitrust. The Center holds lectures at Fordham and elsewhere on current European Union law topics by Court of Justice judges, officials of the European Commission and Council, members of the European Parliament, and European scholars; develops of curricula and teaching materials to be used at Fordham and other law schools throughout the United States and Europe; and facilitates an exchange of ideas and information amongst scholars, governmental officials, lawyers, business executives, and students. The Center assists in the arrangements for such courses as European Union Law, EC Business and Trade Law, EC Competition Law, EC Intellectual Property Law, EC Intellectual Property Licensing, EC-US Constitutional Law Comparisons, and European Monetary Union and Banking Law.
The Conflict Resolution and ADR Program offers a unique opportunity to study conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution. The Program encompasses an integrated agenda of teaching, scholarship, and practice in conflict resolution within the national and international communities. Courses and clinics are offered in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and international conflict resolution. The Fordham Belfast/Dublin Summer Study Abroad Program and the Fordham-Ulster Conflict Resolution Program comprise part of the Program's international activities.
The Competition Law Institute offers annual conferences and training in the general areas of private international law and public regulation of competitive international trade and investment. The Institute's programs bring together governmental officials, attorneys, and academicians from around the world and its proceedings are then published.
September 2007 marked the launch of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice as well as the 10th anniversary of the Crowley Program in International Human Rights. Professors Martin Flaherty and Tracy Higgins founded the program in 1997, creating what remains a unique fieldwork-centered model of human rights scholarship and education. Since that time, the program has trained scores of students, sponsored well over one hundred events, including many panels, film screenings, conferences, and symposia, and greatly expanding opportunities for students to work in the field of human rights.
The Brendan Moore Advocacy Center and the Brendan Moore Advocates Program fosters the teaching and study of lawyers as advocates, with special emphasis on client representation at the trial level. Moore Advocates are selected from amongst first-year day and second-year Evening students and participate in a two-year program of sequenced class offerings, externships, and special programs.
The Public Interest Resource Center acts as a clearinghouse for student-initiated pro bono and community service projects, serving the poor and those of limited means in such areas as domestic violence, unemployment, housing, death penalty advocacy, family court mediation, immigration, police misconduct, environmental advocacy, and community service.
Fordham Law School also helps students master advocacy skills through the Moot Court Board, consistently fielding championship competition teams. All first year students are introduced to skills relating to the crafting of appellate briefs and arguments as part of their Legal Writing course. Thereafter, students may choose to continue to develop these skills by participating in the Moot Court Program.
Fordham Law School offers a number of athletic, political, and social activities for students, including the following.
⇒ The Advocate
Student Bar Association also sponsors intramural softball, tennis, and basketball games.
Fordham Law School recognizes that significant learning and experience are gained outside the classroom. If you are involved in a symposium, bar association or continuing legal education program, or the like that you feel may benefit the Law School community, please contact Helen Herman at 212-636-6885 to coordinate arrangements to post information or distribute brochures.
Additional and updated information about the School may be found on its web-site, located at http://law.fordham.edu/.
The Law School building is wired so that students can access the School's network, Internet access, and all programs available in the Computer Lab from either plug-in or wireless locations throughout the school. Plug-in locations include the Classrooms 203 and 205 and in the library; the Main Reading Room, which has 125 jacks; the Upper Reading Room, which has 100 jacks; and several reading rooms with a total of 16 jacks. All six floors of the Law Library are wireless. Assisted learning software is available in the Library for use by students and faculty with disabilities. Please contact the Director of Student Affairs (see Directory) for more information and to arrange for access.
Web-based services include the following:
Faculty Intranet: http://law.fordham.edu/facnet is a section of the law school’s website that allows faculty to view course rosters, email students, and post syllabi and first class assignments on what is called the Syllabi and First Class Assignment Board.
The School encourages adjunct faculty to post biographical information on their Fordham webpages in order to assist students in selecting courses. Fordham webpages are to be used for activities that relate to the teaching activity of adjunct faculty, and are not a general purpose personal website. You may include, however, a link to your professional practice website. Please contact the Manager of Academic support (see directory) if you would like updates made to your web page.
My Fordham: this is a new site that will house individual protected accounts containing valuable information relating to courses, schedules, rosters, as well as personal HR and payroll information. The link for the site is http://my.fordham.edu/. First time users will have to claim their ID by clicking on the “First Time Users” link once they’ve arrived at the My Fordham site. For more information, select “Please Click Here For a Step By Step Tutorial on How to Claim Your Account.” PLEASE NOTE: you are not to share you’re My Fordham login information with anyone as the account will contain personal HR and payroll information.
Student Life, http://law.fordham.edu/currentstudents.htm: this site includes information pertaining to student groups, journals, housing availability, athletic facilities, and the like.
Law School's Web-Site Calendar (http://law.fordham.edu/calendar.htm): this site enables on-line event registration.
Law Help Desk: If you have any questions about Law School technology Contact: Law Help Desk, Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023 Tel. (212) 636-6786 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Normal Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 10 PM; Weekends and Holidays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fordham Law School has several student publications that enrich students' academic experience and help students continue to master legal writing techniques. These journals include:
Fordham Law School's Clinical program helps bridge students' academic and professional life. In addition to the Externship Program, the Law Clinic offers opportunities for students to integrate legal analysis with lawyering theory and skills. By assuming lawyering roles or performing lawyering functions in problem-solving settings, students begin the process of experimental and reflective learning. For more information you may contact the Director of Clinical Education (see Directory). Clinics include the following:
⇒ Criminal Defense