Fordham Law Welcomes New Graduate Class

August 16, 2013

One hundred thirty-seven Master of Laws students joined Fordham Law this fall. The new LL.M. students come from 34 different countries and speak more than 35 languages. The class consists of a large number of practicing attorneys and judges—including a student who served as judge in civil, criminal, and juvenile courts; another who served as a district magistrate and circuit court judge; and a third who served as a federal labor judge—as well as those with more non-traditional experience, such as an investment strategist, U.S. army judge advocate, and a patent examiner.

"This talented group of new students brings a whole host of legal and non-legal experiences to Fordham Law,” said Toni Jaeger-Fine, Assistant Dean of International and Non-J.D. Programs. “This group will undoubtedly make valuable contributions in the classroom and to the greater Law School community in general."

Women represent 62% of the incoming class. The breakdown of the class by LL.M. degree is as follows:

  • 43 in the Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law Program
  • 39 in the International Business and Trade Law Program
  • 18 in the U.S. and Comparative Law Program
  • 16 in the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Program
  • 15 in the International Law and Justice Program
  • 6 in the International Dispute Resolution Program

This is the first year that Fordham Law is offering the LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution.

The Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs also welcomes one new candidate for its Doctor of Juridical Science degree program. Reverend Father James Annor-Ohene will begin the S.J.D. program this fall under the supervision of Professor Thomas Lee and plans to study alternative dispute resolution as a means of enhancing justice delivery and foreign investment in developing nations. Father Annor-Ohene previously received an LL.M. degree from Fordham Law and earned his law degree from the University of Ghana in Accra. He currently serves as Director of the Marian Conflict Resolution Centre in Sunyani, Ghana, and Advisor to the Giving to Ghana Foundation in Nyack, New York. He has previously worked as a community mediator and solicitor at the Brong Ahafo Legal Aid Scheme and a teacher and chaplain at Mount Carmel Girls Senior High School.