Student Profile

For the convenience of interested employers, this section of our website collects useful information about Fordham Law School, our students and our grading system.

Academic Calendar

Academic & Recruiting Year 2014-2015

Fall 2014

August 25 - Classes Begin
September 1 - Labor Day (University Closed)
September 3 - Fall Weeks 1-8 Begin
October 13 - Columbus Day (Observed, University Closed)
October 24 - Fall Weeks 1-8 End
November 26-28 - University Closed
December 1 - Last Day of Classes
December 8 - Final Exam Period Begins
Dec. 24 - January 1 Winter Break (University Closed)

Spring 2015

January 12 - Classes begin
January 19 - Martin Luther King Day (Observed, University Closed)
February 16 - Presidents' Day (Observed, University Closed)
March 15 - March 22 - Spring Recess (no classes)
April 2 - April 6 - Easter Break (University Closed)
April 24 - Last Day of Classes
April 29 - May 14 - Final Examination Period

Grading System

Evening Division

The course of study for the degree of Doctor of Law extends over four academic years in the Evening Division and equals that required in the three years of the Day Division. All required courses are taught by the full-time faculty and Evening students are subject to the same grading system as the Day students. In addition to their studies, a majority of students enrolled in the Evening Division maintain full-time employment.

JD Program Grading System

Student grades are calculated on both a letter and a numerical scale. There are no official class standings. At the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, a student who attained a true weighted average of 3.564 or better made Dean's List for that year. While students may not round up to compute Dean's List or awards, students may round up to the nearest hundredth of a point when reporting GPAs on their resumes (i.e., "3.278" can be presented as "3.28"). The faculty has adopted a numerical equivalent for letter grades.

Prior to Fall 2014

A+ 4.300
A 4.000
A- 3.700
B+ 3.300
B 3.000
B- 2.700
C+ 2.300
C 2.000
C- 1.700
D 1.000
F 0.000
P Not in GPA
S Not in GPA
* Not in GPA

Effective Fall 2014

A+ 4.333
A 4.000
A- 3.667
B+ 3.333
B 3.000
B- 2.667
C+ 2.333
C 2.000
C- 1.667
D 1.000
F 0.000
P Not in GPA
S Not in GPA
* Not in GPA

Fordham Law School does not rank or provide official class standings; however, below are the approximate or estimated class standings for 2014-15.

Approximate Class Standings

Class of 2016 (rising 3LD/4LE)
10% - 3.63
25% - 3.46
33% - 3.40
50% - 3.29

Class of 2017/18 (rising 2LD/3LE/2LE)
10% - 3.69
25% - 3.50
33% - 3.39
50% - 3.27

Fordham Law has established scholar designations associated with certain approximate class standings. Please review the description of these Scholar Designations to learn more about these achievements.

Student Body

Employers are understandably interested in learning as much as they can about the students at the schools where they recruit. This section of our site contains information about both our JD student body.


Each year Fordham Law School welcomes a diverse and highly talented entering first year class. We encourage you to view the below links which provide a glimpse at our current students. In addition, we encourage you to view our Fast Facts Brochure and Student Performance Profile to learn more about the selectivity of the Fordham Law student body.

Student Organizations

Fordham Law School has a tradition of active student involvement in journals, moot court and organizations. These activities provide our students with substantial opportunities to gain leadership, research, writing, oral advocacy and other skills while in school.

Employers are encouraged to contact student organizations directly to co-sponsor programs and other activities.