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 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.