Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

We strongly prefer that you apply electronically. You can also download a paper application or request one from the Office of Admissions via email, lawadmissions@fordham.edu, or phone, 212-636-6810.

We require a personal statement (should be no more than two pages, double spaced on the topic of your choice), resume and letters of recommendations. 

>> Application Procedure

How much is the application fee?

The application processing fee is $70.
(Note: There is currently no application fee for the two-year J.D. program for international students.)

Generally, applications for the full-time J.D. program and the part-time, evening J.D. program are processed within two weeks. Applications for the two-year J.D. program for international students are processed approximately four weeks after the application package is complete.  


Fee Waiver Information

In order to apply for a need based fee waiver, fill out the Fee Waiver Application. In addition to the form, please include a copy of one of the following documents:

  • Pell Award Letter
  • Most Recent W-2
  • Current Pay Stub

You may fax (212-636-7984), email (lawadmissions@fordham.edu), or mail materials to the Office of J.D. Admission.

If approved for a fee waiver, you will be granted a fee waiver code via email, so that you can apply electronically through www.lsac.org.

(Note: Transfer applicants are ineligible for the application fee waiver.)

When are applications accepted?

Full-time J.D. program and the part-time, evening J.D. program: Applications are accepted between September 15 and March 15

Two-year J.D. program for international students: Applications should be submitted by May 1, but Fordham will accept applications on a rolling, space-available basis until July 1

Does Fordham have spring enrollment?

No. We enroll to start for the fall semester only.

What are the median LSAT and GPA for admitted students?

Our most recent entering full-time students had a median LSAT of a 163 and a GPA of a 3.54. Our part-time students had a median LSAT of a 161 and a GPA of a 3.52.

Does Fordham offer applicant interviews?

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

No. Due to our large applicant pool we unable to offer evaluative interviews. However the Office of Admissions has an open door policy where applicants can stop in at anytime during normal business hours to meet with an available Admissions Officer.

>> Staff and Hours


Two-year J.D. Program for International Students

At Fordham’s discretion and request, you may be required to complete an interview with a full-time faculty member. This interview will last approximately one hour and will include an evaluative element, such as the reading of a legal passage and oral replies to questions about it, as well as the monitored drafting of a short written response. The interview may be conducted via the Internet or in person, and it may be recorded.

When can I expect to be notified about my application?

Fordham makes decisions on a rolling basis. The committee endeavors to notify applicants of decisions within six to eight weeks after the completion of the application. Applications received on or around University calendar breaks will take additional processing time.

>> Evaluation and Decision Making

>> Application Status Checker

Does Fordham have an Early Action Program?

Fordham has an early action program for the traditional full-time and part-time, evening programs—although it is not binding and you must qualify. To qualify, you must submit your completed application, including your valid LSAT score, by October 15. You will be notified by December 15 as long as your file is completed and ready for review.

We do not currently offer an early action program for the two-year J.D. program for international students. 

Does Fordham accept transfer and visiting students?

Yes. Applications for transfer and visiting students may be submitted from March 15, 2015 to June 30, 2015 for the fall 2015 term. Transfer and visiting applications are considered during the latter part of July, and applicants will typically receive a decision during the first week of August. Students wishing to visit for the spring 2015 semester must submit their application by December 15, 2014.

>> Transfer and Visitor Information

Where can I find the Bar Admissions Requirements?

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.

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>> New York State Bar Exam Eligibility

Can I apply to the full-time day and part-time evening programs at the same time?

No. You can only apply to one program per admissions cycle. If your original application is declined, you may submit a written request to be reconsidered for the alternate program.

How does the application reconsideration process work?

If you have received an unfavorable decision on your application, you can request reconsideration of your application. Please submit your request in writing via lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu and indicate the division to which you would like to be reconsidered. The reconsideration process will begin in June 2015 with notification usually sent the first week of August 2015.

>> Follow-up Procedures

Does Fordham offer tours of the law school campus?

Yes. We offer self-guided tours during normal business hours throughout the year and information sessions as well as guided tours starting in late September when school is in session. For more information on the visitation schedule, please see the admissions calendar

>> Visiting the Campus

Does Fordham offer housing to students?

Yes. Students may apply for rooms in McMahon Hall on the Lincoln Center campus. The Law School also has access to apartments on the west side of Manhattan. Please visit the section on Residential Life for more information.

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