in the Service of OthersLawyers play a central role in our society: They promote international human rights, defend those charged with crimes, work for governments, and use their education and skill to fight for social change.

Founded in 1976, the Louis Stein Center examines the critical role of lawyers in building a more just society, and explores how ethical values inform and improve the legal profession. The Stein Center supports a wide range of conferences, publications and independent research.  We encourage dialogue on a variety of issues, including immigration policy, arbitration and mediation, the lawyer's role in a contemporary democracy, judicial independence, and lawyers and governance.  Above all, we seek to promote an understanding of “ethical legal practice” that goes beyond adherence to the rules set forth in professional codes of conduct.

The Stein Scholars Program is the Law School's flagship program in public interest law and ethics. Stein Scholars work with each other and with members of the Fordham community to serve the public in both legal settings and through volunteer efforts.

Join us in achieving our mission. Get involved in our programs and support the Stein Scholars Program. When making a gift, please select the Stein Scholars Program under Fund Choices by clicking "select another designation."

We recently celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Stein Scholars Program! Please visit the Anniversary page, for more information. Read the Fordham Lawyer profile on the Stein Scholars Program here.