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 students are not just superb standardized test takers. They are drawn from among the most academically rigorous undergraduate schools in the country.

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


Methodology: Most prevalent undergraduate institutions for students entering in the fall 2014.


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, #13
Trial Advocacy, #13
International Law, #15
Intellectual Property Law, #16
Clinical Training, #22


Methodology:
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report "Grad Compass," 2016 edition (subscription required). Retrieved March 2015. 


Fact 3: Student Journals

Judges rely on Fordham's student journals: in terms of citations in judicial opinions, the Fordham Law Review is the 6th most cited law journal, the Fordham Urban Law Journal is the 5th 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 6th most cited IP journal.

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

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 – North Caroline Banking Institute

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


Methodology: Data compiled by Washington & Lee Law School, retrieved from lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx, May 2015. Table 1 filtered by "2014 Case Cites." Table 2 filtered by "Public Policy, Politics and the Law," "Student-edited," and "2014 Case Cites." Table 3 filtered by "Banking and Finance," "Student-edited," and "2014 Case Cites." Table 4 filtered by "Intellectual Property" and "2014 Case Cites." 


Fact 4: Specialty Journals

Fordham's specialty journals are also some of the most cited by law reviews. Four of Fordham's specialty law reviews are in the top five most cited journals of their respective specialty fields.

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 – Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report
4 – North Carolina Banking Institute
5 – The Review of Banking and Financial Law

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 – Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal
5 – Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law

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


Methodology
: Data compiled by Washington & Lee Law School, retrieved from lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx, May 2015. Table 1 filtered by "Public Policy, Politics and the Law" and "2014 Journal Cites." Table 2 filtered by "Banking and Finance" and "2014 Journal Cites." Table 3 filtered by "Intellectual Property" and "2014 Journal Cites." Table 4 filtered by "International Law," "Student-edited," and "2014 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. 

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 J.D. 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.