Fordham Law School offers the J.D., the LL.M., and the S.J.D. degree programs. Each of these programs provides a rigorous academic experience in a very supportive learning environment.
Throughout its more than 100 year history, Fordham Law has quickly grown from a competitive New York institution to one of the largest and most respected law schools in the nation. The School's 19,000 active alumni practice in all 50U.S. states and in 73 foreign countries. Some of Fordham's greatest strengths lie in its sense of community, faculty, and location in Manhattan - the nation's commercial and legal capital. Fordham Law offers dynamic academic programs and in particular corporate law, intellectual property and information technology, international law, an award winning moot court and Alternate Dispute Resolution program, and numerous public service initiatives, just to name a few. We welcome you to explore our programs and join our global community of leading professionals.
Fordham Law School has provided a complete education in the law for more than 100 years. While the legal profession has changed during that time, the core mission of a Fordham Law education has not. We continue to value academic excellence and the lawyer's craft. We remain committed to ethics and to service. We still impart the warmth of community. Fordham lawyers have been and will continue to be dedicated to the highest standards of the legal profession and to the service of others. We call this the Fordham Law Difference.
Fordham Law School's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program is among the most highly regarded in the United States. Lawyers from the U.S. and around the world seeking specialized knowledge, training, and career advancement turn to Fordham Law School's LL.M. program for its outstanding faculty members, its location in the heart of New York City, and its welcoming community of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni. Fordham's LL.M. students gain an in-depth understanding of some of the most important and rapidly-changing fields of law. Foreign-trained law graduates also acquire a nuanced understanding of the U.S. legal system and culture.
Typically, the class that begins in August has about 130 LL.M. students representing approximately 40 countries from around the world. The class that begins in January is smaller, but is equally diverse.
Fordham Law offers LL.M. students the flexibility to begin their studies in the fall or spring semester (August or January) and to study on a full-time or part-time basis. Master of Laws students choose from five specialized programs of study; however, they may broaden their academic horizons by choosing classes outside of their area of specialization.
Our five LL.M. degree programs are built on the principles of globalization and specialization. At Fordham Law, these two guiding ideas are not mutually exclusive; they are interdependent. They will help deepen your understanding of crucial legal issues in our global society.
Our programs draw students from all over the world. Your classmates will bring a distinctly multinational perspective to your coursework and offer a firsthand account of how the law functions in their countries. They will become among your closest friends and most valuable colleagues.
Please use the links to the left to explore our programs.
- Banking, Corporate & Finance Law
- Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law
- International Business & Trade Law
- International Law & Justice
- U.S. & Comparative Law
Cost of Attendance
The Cost of Attendance (COA) is the amount of money the University estimates a law student will need to attend the Law School for the academic year. Your financial aid for the year, which includes all merit aid, grants, scholarships and loans, cannot exceed the COA.
To finance your legal education, you must first understand the expenses you will incur while you are enrolled for the nine-month academic year. Required expenses include tuition and fees and, for those of you living in University housing, Dormitory charges. Other expenses include books, travel, food and miscellaneous.
Living expense estimates are based on several data sources including the Consumer Price Index, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and surveys of local area apartment rental rates, and may vary depending upon the individual. Remember, you may borrow up to the cost of attendance less any financial aid you receive for the academic year.