Fordham Law

Fordham Law’s Summer Institute in New York City

July 07, 2008

Fordham Law’s Summer Institute in New York City offers foreign-trained lawyers and law students an opportunity to learn about law and legal practices in the United States.  This year, the program has been expanded to include three distinct sessions.  The core two-week program offers participants an introduction to the U.S. Legal System with more in-depth examinations of issues such as civil litigation, contract law, intellectual property, and securities law.

Outside of the classroom, participants study legal practices in New York through tours of the United Nations, Federal Court, and an international law firm.  One optional one-week program gives students an understanding of the U.S. legal system.  An additional optional one-week session in lawyering provides further opportunity to explore legal practices through simulations in drafting, interviewing, counseling, negotiations, and other hands-on aspects of a lawyer’s work.

According to Fordham Law’s Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine, “Participants come primarily from Latin America and Europe, and available seats fill up very quickly.  Today, when so many aspects of business and government have a global dimension, clients expect their lawyers to be able to cross international borders and continue to add value.  Whether it is a trade deal or a merger and acquisition, understanding the law and how it is practiced in the U.S. is an advantage.”

Last year, the Institute’s first, the program attracted 66 students from 21 countries.  This year demand rose by more than 50 percent.  Students can take advantage of an optional service that provides housing in Manhattan during the program.