Craft of Lawyering
Fordham Law students learn how to practice law by doing.
They receive the very best training in the critical advocacy skills of writing, research, and oral argument. They start their careers equipped and ready to hit the ground running. When they graduate, they are more than just highly competent legal minds. They are skilled attorneys that employers count on to get the job done.
Our groundbreaking simulation courses give students a chance to practice new skills while interacting with professional actors who help polish their presentation skills. Fordham's innovative Legal Writing program offers students a range of courses and a deep curriculum in which they sharpen this critical skill.
Students have a variety of opportunities to hone advanced lawyering skills.
- Our Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution program, ranked #13 nationally, integrates teaching, scholarship, and practice in conflict resolution within the national and international communities. And the Fordham Law's student run Dispute Resolution Society competes in ABA-sponsored interschool competitions as well as international mediation and arbitration competitions. In February 2015, a DRS team won Best Advocate-Client Team at the 14th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament in London.
- Our Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy program, ranked #13 in the country, develops students' presence and composure in courtroom settings and refines their ability to argue factual inferences, apply facts to legal problems, advocate persuasively, and understand and apply the rules of evidence. Through the program, our students compete — and win — in regional and national trial advocacy competitions. In March 2015, the Moore Advocates won the inaugural mock trial competition sponsored by the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
- Our Moot Court program, ranked #8 in the country in 2009, sharpens students' advocacy skills as writers and oralists. Most recently, the Moot Court team captured the national championship and all of the top prizes in 2015 Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition.
- Our Clinical Legal Education program, ranked #22 in the country, allows students to develop professional judgment and legal skills in a real practice setting. Each of our 15 clinics has a seminar and a casework component. This means students learn about theory and its application in core practice areas while developing advanced skills in interviewing, counseling, and negotiation.