Eligibility

Full-time J.D. Program and Part-time, Evening J.D. Program

The American Bar Association (ABA Standard 504) advises applicants that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourages each applicant prior to matriculation in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) program to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice.  For more information, contact the American Bar Association, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611 or at 312-988-5000 or at www.abanet.org.

Applicants for admission as candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor at Fordham Law School must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the first-year class.

  2. Graduated from an American college or university accredited by an agency approved by the American Bar Association. 

    Note: Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a foreign country will need to demonstrate that the degree earned is the equivalent of a U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree. To do this, applicants must submit their academic transcripts to the Law School Admission Services (LSAS) J.D. Credential Assembly Service. 

    If you completed any postsecondary work outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. 

    This service is included in the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSDAS report. 

  3. Not have been dismissed from another law school regardless of the time elapsed since the dismissal.

  4. Have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by the LSAS, within the past five years. Every applicant who is a graduate of a U.S. college or university, as well as graduates of foreign schools listed in the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book, must also register with the LSDAS. Applicants who wish to take the LSAT more than three times in two years must be approved by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Information concerning the LSAT, and registration with the LSDAS may be found in the LSAT/LSDAS registration packet which can be obtained at: Law School Admissions Services, P.O. Box 2000 Newtown, PA 18940, or www.lsac.org or:

    Law School Admissions Services
    P.O. Box 2000
    Newtown, PA 18940

Two-year J.D. Program for International Students.

Anyone who has earned, or will have earned by the time of enrollment in Fordham’s J.D. program, a foreign degree in law and an LL.M. degree from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school may apply. Successful applicants must demonstrate an outstanding academic record in their prior programs of legal study.

J.D. Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 4-104, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6810

Fax: 212-636-7984

Email: lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu