FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW: AN OVERVIEW
An Overview of the School of Law
Fordham School of Law is a professional graduate school of Fordham University. The school is located in the borough of Manhattan in New York City and is one of eight ABA-approved law schools in that city. Among the 2015 graduates of Fordham Law who sat for the bar exam within two years of their graduate date, 96.62 percent passed the bar exam.
Fordham Law has been coeducational since 1918. Ruth Whitehead Whaley became the first black woman to enroll at Fordham Law, graduating at the top of her class in 1924. Within one year of graduating, Whaley became one of the first black women admitted to practice law in New York.
Fordham lawyers are smart, know the law, have strong judgment, and possess the skills to solve real-world problems. Whether they are employed by firms, businesses, government agencies, or community organizations, Fordham lawyers are committed to service with an integrity that is a hallmark of Fordham’s Jesuit tradition. Fordham lawyers serve clients and the public at the highest levels as counselors, problem solvers, advocates, and leaders. These qualities stem from and reflect Fordham Law School’s unique approach to legal education, which is grounded in deep commitments to excellence, an ethos of care, valuing the individual while building community, and the belief that law and lawyers can nurture human flourishing.
Located in new and stunning surroundings in arguably the greatest city in the world, Fordham Law School offers students the extraordinary advantages of a large institution of learning while providing individualized training, focus, and mentorship from a world-class faculty. And Fordham’s extended network of dedicated alumni help create opportunities within the profession while ensuring that the Law School itself remains strong.
Fordham Law School is one of the top schools that sent the highest percentage of 2018 graduates to the largest law firms and federal clerkships, according to data presented by the National Law Journal. In the report, Fordham ranks 17th, with over 52.6 percent of its 371 Class of 2018 graduates going to law firms with more than 100 attorneys or federal clerkships. The National Law Journal also ranks Fordham 15th in terms of the percentage of the JD Class of 2018 hired by the largest 100 law firms and reported that Fordham Law ranks 10th in the number of alumni promoted to partner.
In its 2020 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” published in March 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Fordham Law as 39th among 192 U.S. law schools included in the rankings. The Law School’s part-time evening program is ranked third (#3) out of 72 such programs. In the 2020 edition of rankings, Fordham Law remained among the country’s most diverse law schools.
According to Fordham University School of Law’s 2018 ABA-required disclosures, 81.4 percent of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time, long-term, “JD/Bar Passage Required” employment nine months after graduation. Approximately seven percent of 2018 graduates were employed in “JD Advantage” positions. The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Fordham Law School as 27th best in the world.
Fordham Law School is a leading force in legal education, with one of the nation’s most select student bodies. Students are drawn from among the most academically rigorous undergraduate schools in the country.
Top Feeder Schools
- Fordham University
- New York University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- University of Michigan
- University of Pennsylvania
- Georgetown University
- Binghamton University
- Villanova University
- Boston College
- Rutgers University
Five of Fordham’s programs in specialty areas have been ranked among the nation’s top 30.
Nationally Ranked Programs (US News & World Report, 2020 Rankings)
- Trial Advocacy: 9th
- Dispute Resolution: 21th
- International Law: 19th
- Clinical Training: 19th
- Intellectual Property Law: 28th
The Fordham Law alumni community is a global network. Graduates can be found in 49 states and 80 countries around the world, with a very high concentration of alumni in the New York City metropolitan area. The Fordham Law Alumni Association is one of the largest law school alumni associations in the country.