Fordham Law Facts

Fordham Law School is a leading force in legal education with one of the nation's most select student bodies, an enduring commitment to academic excellence, and a virtually unrivaled record of graduate employment.

Fact 1: Feeder Schools

Fordham Law students are drawn from among the most academically rigorous undergraduate schools in the country.

TOP FEEDER SCHOOLS
New York University
Fordham University
Boston College
Cornell University
Columbia University
SUNY-Stony Brook
Georgetown University
University of Michigan
George Washington University
Rutgers University
University of Florida

Methodology: Most prevalent undergraduate institutions for students entering in Fall 2015.

Fact 2: Specialty Areas

Five of Fordham's programs in specialty areas have been ranked among the nation's top 25.

NATIONALLY RANKED PROGRAMS
Dispute Resolution, #14
Trial Advocacy, #16
International Law, #18
Intellectual Property Law, #19
Clinical Training, #23

Methodology: Ranked by U.S. News & World Report "Grad Compass," 2017 edition (subscription required). Retrieved March 2016.

Fact 3: Student Journals - Cited by Judges

Judges rely on Fordham's student journals: in terms of citations in judicial opinions, the Fordham Law Review is the 7th most cited law journal, the Fordham Urban Law Journal is the 6th most cited student-edited public policy journal, the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law is the #1 most cited student-edited banking and finance journal, and the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal is the 5th most cited IP journal.

ALL LAW JOURNALS
1 – New York University Law Review
2 – Harvard Law Review
3 – Stanford Law Review
4 – Iowa Law Review
5 – Michigan Law Review
6 – Columbia Law Review
7 – Fordham Law Review
8 – Duke Law Journal
9 – The Georgetown Law Journal
10 – The Yale Law Journal

STUDENT-EDITED PUBLIC POLICY JOURNALS
1 – Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
2 – Journal of Law and Policy
3 – Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy
4 – Harvard Journal on Legislation
5 – Legislation and Policy Brief
6 – Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
6 – Fordham Urban Law Journal

STUDENT-EDITED BANKING AND FINANCE JOURNALS
1 – Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law
2 – The Review of Banking and Financial Law
3 – New York University Journal of Law and Business
4 – DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal
5 – University of Miami Business Law Review

ALL IP JOURNALS
1 – Berkeley Technology Law Journal
2 – Federal Circuit Bar Journal
3 – The Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts
4 – Harvard Journal of Law and Technology
5 – Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal

Methodology: Data compiled by Washington & Lee Law School, retrieved from lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx, April 2016. Table 1 filtered by "2015 Case Cites." Table 2 filtered by "Public Policy, Politics and the Law," "Student-edited," and "2015 Case Cites." Table 3 filtered by "Banking and Finance," "Student-edited," and "2015 Case Cites." Table 4 filtered by "Intellectual Property" and "2015 Case Cites."

Fact 4: Student Journals - Cited by Journals

Fordham's journals are also some of the most cited by law reviews. All six of Fordham's journals are in the top ten most cited journals of their respective fields.

ALL LAW JOURNALS
1 – Harvard Law Review
2 – The Yale Law Journal
3 – University of Pennsylvania Law Review
4 – Columbia Law Review
5 – The Georgetown Law Journal
6 – Stanford Law Review
7 – Michigan Law Review
8 – Minnesota Law Review
9 – Fordham Law Review
10 – Texas Law Review

ALL PUBLIC POLICY JOURNALS
1 – Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
2 – Fordham Urban Law Journal
3 – Law and Contemporary Problems
4 – Harvard Law and Policy Review
5 – Harvard Journal on Legislation

ALL BANKING AND FINANCE JOURNALS
1 – Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law
2 – New York University Journal of Law and Business
3 – North Carolina Banking Institute
4 – The Review of Banking and Financial Law
5 – Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report

ALL IP JOURNALS
1 – Berkeley Technology Law Journal
2 – Harvard Journal of Law and Technology
3 – Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal
4 – Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
5 – Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology

STUDENT-EDITED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS
1 – Tulane Law Review
2 – Virginia Journal of International Law
3 – Harvard International Law Journal
4 – The Yale Journal of International Law
5 – Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
6 – Fordham International Law Journal

STUDENT-EDITED ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALS
1 – The Harvard Environmental Law Review
2 – Environmental Law
3 – Ecology Law Quarterly
4 – Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
5 – William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review
6 – New York University Environmental Law Journal
7 – Federal Circuit Bar Journal
8 – Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review
9 – Fordham Environmental Law Review
10 – Vermont Journal of Environmental Law

Methodology: Data compiled by Washington & Lee Law School, retrieved from lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx, April 2016. Table 1 filtered by “2015 Journal Cites.” Table 2 filtered by "Public Policy, Politics and the Law" and "2015 Journal Cites." Table 3 filtered by "Banking and Finance" and "2015 Journal Cites." Table 4 filtered by "Intellectual Property" and "2015 Journal Cites." Table 5 filtered by "International Law," "Student-edited," and "2015 Journal Cites." Table 6 filtered by "Environment, Natural Resources and Land Use" "Student-edited," and "2015 Journal Cites."

Fact 5: Employment

Fordham Law is one of the top 20 law schools measured in terms of Class of 2014 initial employment with Big Law (firms with 101+ attorneys) and federal clerkships reported to the ABA.

Big Law Employment Federal Clerks TOTAL Big Law+Federal Clerks Total Graduates  % of Class
1
Columbia
347 22 369 468 78.8%
2
Penn
195 22 217 278 78.1%
3
Chicago
126 33 159 210 75.7%
4
Stanford
83 57 140 187 74.9%
5
Cornell
123 19 142 191 74.3%
6
NYU
307 35 342 479 71.4%
7
Harvard
332 85 417 586 71.2%
8
Duke
122 29 151 215 70.2%
9
UVA
183 53 236 349 67.6%
10
Northwestern
162 27 189 291 64.9%
11
UC-Berkeley
139 40 179 287 62.4%
12
Yale
80 59 139 230 60.4%
13
Michigan
169 41 210 390 53.8%
14
Georgetown
281 22 303 626 48.4%
15
UT-Austin
126 37 163 351 46.4%
16
Vanderbilt
58 22 80 194 41.2%
17
USC
82 7 89 217 41.0%
18
UCLA
118 15 133 336 39.6%
19
Notre Dame
53 14 67 179 37.4%

20
Fordham

162 8 170 459
37.0%

In the 2014–2015 academic year, 11 graduates received one of the following prestigious public interest fellowships:

  • Fulbright Scholar grant
  • Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division Honors Program
  • New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program

According to the National Law Journal, Fordham Law ranks 20th in terms of the percentage of the class of 2014 hired by the NLJ 250 law firms. The NLJ also reported that Fordham Law ranks 23rd in the number of alumni promoted to partner.

Methodology: Class of 2014 data from the 2015 ABA Employment Summary, retrieved from employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org , May 2015. For the complete employment statistics for the JD Class of 2014 visit law.fordham.edu/employmentstats.

Fact 6: Public Service

"In the service of others" is more than Fordham Law's motto; it is the guiding principle in preparing responsible lawyers. The Class of 2015 performed nearly 130,000 hours of public interest work during their time at Fordham Law. The listing below shows service hours performed by each graduating class since 2002. In 2008, the Law School's Public Interest Resource Center was awarded the ABA's Pro Bono Publico Award for its outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services.

2015 – 129,656 (280 students, 68% of class)
2014 – 152,097 (305 students, 66% of class)
2013 – 147,087 (299 students, 62% of class)
2012 – 187,804 (298 students, 68% of class)
2011 – 158,416 (296 students, 68% of class)
2010 – 134,576 (308 students, 68% of class)
2009 – 119,579 (268 students, 60% of class)
2008 – 101,569 (238 students, 52% of class)
2007 – 100,221 (237 students, 51% of class)
2006 – 82,724 (309 students, 67% of class)
2005 – 76,012 (243 students, 51% of class)
2004 – 73,725 (240 students, 49% of class)
2003 – 74,393 (211 students, 48% of class)
2002 – 61,566 (214 students, 49% of class)


Methodology
: Service hour totals are cumulative (i.e., figures include public service hours worked by students of each graduating class during all their years at Fordham Law School). Service hours include all pro bono legal service hours (non-paid and non-credit), all summer public interest work for which students received fellowship funding, work hours performed by students in public interest clinics and clinical externships for which they received academic credit (excluding judicial externships), work hours performed by student leaders of student pro bono groups, and hours performed by students doing non-legal community service work. All of these activities are consistent with the broad definition of pro bono supported by the American Bar Association through Rule 6.1 for voluntary pro bono publico service in the ABA's model rules of professional conduct.

Fact 7: Global Alumni Network

Fordham Law Alumni Global Network
The Fordham Law alumni community is a global network. Graduates can be found in all 50 states and 74 countries around the world.


Methodology: Shaded areas of map represent countries where Fordham Law alumni are located.