August 10 - 21, 2015

The Graduate and Exchange New Student Orientation program for students entering in the Fall 2015 term will take place August 10 - 21. Please note that this program will meet on a full-time intensive basis from August 10 to August 21, even for those students who have been admitted on a part-time basis. Because orientation is scheduled for full days, (approximately 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. each day), we advise students to arrive in New York City at least one week before the start of orientation to get settled and make housing and other arrangements.

Orientation is mandatory for all S.J.D., LL.M., exchange, and international visiting students, so please plan accordingly. All students are required to be in attendance for full days throughout the entire orientation period.

Registration for the orientation program is required.

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Note that LL.M. students who hold a J.D. from a U.S. law school need not attend the full orientation period, but rather will attend an abbreviated orientation.

Orientation Schedules

Please note that there are two orientation schedules: one for incoming LL.M., exchange, and international visiting students who do not hold a J.D. from a U.S. law school, and one for incoming LL.M. students who hold a J.D. from a U.S. law school.  Please ensure that you download the correct orientation schedule.

LL.M./Exchange NO U.S. J.D.

LL.M. with U.S. J.D.

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System

Most of you have already registered for the course "Introduction to the U.S. Legal System," which will begin on our second day of orientation, Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  Please review the course materials below:

Course Syllabus

Welcome and Recommended Readings

Index to Materials

The primary book for the class – Mastering the U.S. Legal System:  A Beginner’s Guide, Cases and Materials – is now available for purchase on mastering-the-master.com.  

Please note that readings for the first weeks of the course are quite substantial and you may want to start reading before the class begins.

If you have any trouble downloading the book, please send me an email at tfine@law.fordham.edu prior to August 10.  Please note that a print version is not available.