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Fordham University School of Law

The Brendan Moore Advocacy Center and the Brendan Moore Advocates Program were established to foster the teaching and study of lawyers as trial advocates. The Center was made possible through the generosity of Thomas A. Moore '72 in memory of his brother, Brendan Moore.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1427
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 162 - 166
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.34 - 3.68
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 89.47%
Tuition $49,526

Overview

Overview

About Fordham University School of Law

The Brendan Moore Advocacy Center and the Brendan Moore Advocates Program were established to foster the teaching and study of lawyers as trial advocates. The Center was made possible through the generosity of Thomas A. Moore '72 in memory of his brother, Brendan Moore.

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Fordham University School of Law “in the heart of New York City” takes “a seriously practical approach” to the study of law, and “The breadth of the programs” here is paralleled at few other places. Students laud the excellent and thorough legal writing program. Fordham Law also does a really good job in taking advantage of its location “through courses involving fieldwork,” externships, judicial placements, and various extracurricular events. “A large selection of clinics” includes some very unique opportu­nities in international law, and Fordham “will fund students’ trips abroad to engage in human rights work.” There are several more meat-and-potatoes offerings, such as family law, federal litigation, and housing rights as well. As befits its Jesuit heritage, Fordham is also very big on public interest law. “A crackerjack team of public interest minds” is willing and able to help students start service projects or find meaningful ways to make the world a better place.While a few professors are “awful beyond belief,” the faculty is mostly filled with “a cross section of bright and charismatic teachers”—“some of the most brilliant minds cur­rently teaching the law.” They’re “incredibly candid,” “witty,” and “engaging in the classroom.” The faculty interacts with students “out of the classroom,” as well. Sadly, dealing with Fordham’s bureaucracy is a wholly different story. The "shaky," "disorga­nized" administration is generally disliked. “It works out for those of us who cannot get anything in on time,” notes an upbeat 1L. “There is no way they would ever notice.”It’s a perennial lament among students here that their school is “extremely underrat­ed” and “would be ranked higher” if only New York University and Columbia weren’t each a few subway stops away. Fordham Law boasts a “particularly strong” and loyal alumni network, though, and the school is located in “one of the best locations in Manhattan,” within walking distance to several of the world’s biggest and most revered white-shoe law firms. Students also tell us that Fordham has a reputation for producing “exceptionally hardworking, occasionally pugilistic (figuratively), and bright” lawyers. Average starting salaries are quite comfortable and employment prospects are pretty good if you can manage a solid class rank. “With good enough grades—at least top third of the class—you can snag a big law job if you want,” relates a 2L.The research facilities are great at Fordham, and the librarians are “incredibly helpful,” but students have few other good things to say about the accommodations. The “cramped,” “crowded,” “decrepit,” and generally “inadequate” building “feels more like a 1950s fallout shelter than a law school.” Luckily, “Its days are numbered.” There’s a new building in the works, and “The design is striking.” The space concerns and depressing architecture of this drab concrete cinderblock “will no longer be an issue” once the new law school building is completed.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 17

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 476

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA with Fordham Grad School of Business (4 years full time); JD/MSW with Fordham Grad School of Social Work (4 years full time). JD/MA in International Political Economy

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 266
Full-Time Faculty 81
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 20
Part-Time Faculty 165
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 65%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $49,526 Same as On-Campus
Housing $18,960 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $68,486 $49,526

Financial Aid

76% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Fordham University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 162 - 166
LSAT Part-Time 160 - 165
LSAT Total 162 - 166

Fordham University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.36 - 3.68
Part-Time 3.26 - 3.67
Total 3.34 - 3.68

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Work Experience, State Residency, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Recommendations

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 95%
First Time Pass Rate 89%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 34 8%
Firm Sized 11-25 16 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 16 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 18 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 23 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 27 6%
Firm Sized 501+ 99 23%
Business Industry 60 14%
Government 53 12%
Public Interest 40 9%
Federal Clerkship 15 3%
State Clerkship 17 4%
Academia 13 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 0%
Unemployed, Seeking 39 8%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 2%
NJ 4%
NY 85%
International 1%

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