Summer Institute

July 5-22, 2016

Launched in 2007, the Fordham Law Summer Institute in New York City provides foreign-trained lawyers and students with an introduction to the U.S. legal system and various topics of U.S. law that are most important for lawyers in today’s global economy. The program also includes social events and other opportunities that allow participants to expand their professional networks. Typically, the program welcomes over 100 participants, from more than 20 countries from around the world.

Program Overview

Core Classes

The Summer Institute typically offers classes in Bankruptcy Law, Civil Procedure and Litigation, Constitutional Law, Contract Drafting and Negotiation, Contract Law, Corporate Reorganization in Bankruptcy, Corporations, Corporate Compliance, Evidence and Trial Practice, Financial Crime and Compliance, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Arbitration, Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, Labor and Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Product Liability Law, and U.S. Tax Law and Policy.

Legal English: Drafting and Research & Special Workshops

The Summer Institute offers optional workshops to strengthen participants' legal English skills. These have included sessions on Memorandum Drafting, Legal Research, and Litigation Documents. Students may also attend workshops on Applying to LLM Programs and Preparing for the LLM Program – a specially designed seminar for students who will begin an LLM program at Fordham or elsewhere upon completion of the Summer Institute.

Social Events

Past Summer Institutes have included a visit to the United Nations, happy hour at a local bar, a Major League Baseball game, and a closing dinner.


Who Can Register

The Summer Institute is open to international law students and graduates with an interest in U.S. law. There are no specific academic requirements in order to register for this program. All courses will be conducted in English, but we do not require any language assessment scores.

Many students who are coming to the United States for an LLM degree find this program helpful as an introduction to U.S. law prior to their Master studies. Each year we also welcome many other international law students, graduates, and practitioners who are interested in U.S. law.

When to Register

The deadline for registration and full payment is June 15. However, space in the program is limited and early registration is encouraged. We expect this program to fill before the registration deadline. Participants are accepted to the program in the order in which complete registrations, including the $500 deposit, are received.

How to Register

Fill out a Summer Institute application.

Visas and Health Insurance

Choosing a Visa

The Office of International and Non-JD Programs does not handle visa paperwork or processing. The University's Office for International Services (OIS) will process all visa paperwork for Summer Institute participants.

Fordham does NOT require any specific visa type to attend the Summer Institute. We offer only guidance to enable you to make a prudent choice customized for your personal case.

Most program participants enter the U.S. as a B-1, B-2, or WT visitor. This is appropriate for those who are "coming to the United States primarily for tourism," and "also incidentally will engage in a short course of study during their visit." It cannot be used by participants who will be staying in the U.S. to pursue a degree-granting program after the Summer Institute. Therefore, if you choose the B-2/WT visa, you are entering the U.S. with "tourist" intentions, which is your primary purpose. Your "study" at Fordham in the Summer Institute is your secondary purpose. It is "incidental and avocational" to your primary tourist purpose.

Fordham University issues 1-20s to support F-1 visa applications for our Summer Institute. If you wish to pursue the F-1 option, you should follow all instructions on this webpage.

Obtaining an F-1 Visa

The Summer Institute satisfies the F-1 visa/status requirements. Upon submission of the required documentation (see below), Fordham University will issue an I-20 which will enable participants to obtain an F-1 visa to enter the United States for the purpose of participating in our Summer Institute. If a participant wishes to obtain an F-1 visa, the below documents must be submitted directly to Mr. Sal Longarino in the Office for International Services y email at

Do not submit any information to the OIS until you have paid the $500 program deposit.

  1. AFCOE form according to housing type, which will be made available after registration opens;
  2. Financial supporting statement, such as an official bank statement, bank or employer letter showing sufficient funds, or copies of award letters, loans, etc.;
  3. A statement indicating whether the participant intends to pursue an academic program in the U.S. before or after the Summer Institute; and
  4. A copy of the name page of the passport clearly showing the participant's full name.

For additional information and fees, please click here.

Special Instructions for Incoming Fordham Law LLM Students

If you will attend the Summer Institute program prior to the LLM program, you will need to submit AFCOE forms for BOTH programs. LLM program AFCOE forms are available via the OIS website.

In order to expedite your I-20 proessing, please submit the AFCOE forms for both programs together, if possible.

Visa Check-In at Arrival

Summer Institute Participants who travel to the U.S. under an F-1 visa issued using documentation provided by Fordham University must check in with the Office for International Services, bringing with them their original form I-20, passport, and I-94 card. This check-in procedure is required by U.S. law, and failure to check in with the Office for International Services is a violation of your F-1 status and could cause serious implications with the U.S. government. Participants can either complete the check in process online or stop by the OIS office. Additional information is available online.

For participants who will continue onto the LLM program in the fall, please indicate that you are incoming LLM student when you email your check in documents at OIS or when you check in at the OIS office. OIS will email contact you when your LLM I-20 is issued.

Further questions regarding visa issues should be directed to

Health Insurance

Fordham Law strongly recommends that all Summer Institute participants arrange for health insurance coverage for their time in the United States. Participants are encouraged to check with their current provider to see if coverage extends to their stay in New York.

Participants who are not covered are strongly urged to purchase insurance. Please note that participants are not automatically covered by Fordham University's health insurance, and may be held liable for any emergency medical expenses they incur during their time in the United States.



Participants may apply to reside in student-style dormitory housing on Fordham Law School's campus at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, or securing accommodations independently.* Housing is available from Sunday, July 3 to Saturday, July 23.  We regret that we cannot accommodate early arrivals or late departures.

Fordham housing provides each occupant with the following:   

  • Twin bed
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • Sheets, blankets, pillows, and towel.

Two double rooms will share the following:   

  • Bathroom†
  • Living room
  • Kitchen supplied with a refrigerator, cabinets and stove. Please note that kitchens do not come equipped with cooking equipment, dishes, or utensils.

†Some units may contain three double rooms. These units will share two bathrooms.

Residents will share a room and a suite with a person of the same gender, but male suites and female suites will share floors of the residence hall.

There are a limited number of single rooms available. Four single rooms share a kitchen, living room, and bathroom.

Additional amenities provided with Fordham housing include:   

  • 24 hour security
  • Laundry facilities
  • Gym
  • Recreation room
  • Wireless internet access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens changed weekly

*Students who intend to secure accommodations independently are reminded to exercise caution when making arrangements.  International students trying to secure housing while abroad are particularly prone to fraud.  Avoid any arrangement that requires a wire transfer before arrival.

Accommodations for Incoming LLM Students

Students who will attend the Summer Institute prior to attending the LLM at Fordham will be able to apply for early student housing in McMahon Hall.  Therefore, these students will not need to arrange off-campus housing between the end of the Summer Institute and start of the LLM program.  Instructions for applying for early housing will be available at the beginning of the summer.

Immunization Requirement

Pursuant to New York State Public Health Law Section 2165, all participants living in Fordham accommodations born on or after January 1, 1957, must have on file proof of immunity from measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Participants may be required to submit official proof of immunization signed by a physician upon arrival at campus housing. Please allow sufficient time for this series of shots which must be administered at least one month apart.

Cost & Payment

The schedule of fees for the 2016 Fordham Law Summer Institute are below:

Program with no accommodations: $2,750
Program with double-occupancy accommodations: $4,750
Program with single-occupancy accommodations: $5,750 

Fees include tuition, course materials, housing (where indicated), lunch on most weekdays, and extracurricular activities. For more information on program housing, please view the Accommodations tab. Payment is due by June 15.

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Financial Aid

We regret that we are unable to offer financial aid (other than the Thiago Barbarisi Moraes Memorial Scholarship) for participants in this program.

Thiago Barbarisi Moraes Memorial Scholarship

The Thiago Barbarisi Moraes Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Thiago, a participant in the First Annual Fordham Law Summer Institute in NYC. Thiago, a much beloved member of the Fordham Law family, died tragically on June 7, 2008, in Sao Paolo.

What we will always remember and treasure about Thiago was his wonderful, warm, and loving nature. He was unfailingly friendly, he was kind to all, he was gentle and sensitive, and he was a natural leader. Thiago enriched forever the lives of those who knew him, and he left us far too soon.

The scholarship that has been created in Thiago’s memory is awarded to the law student or young lawyer from Brazil who best exemplifies the qualities that we loved about and admired in Thiago. The scholarship covers the full cost of the Summer Institute, including double-occupancy accommodations. The successful candidate will cover his or her own travel expenses and other costs.

Application Instructions

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a personal statement indicating why you think that you would make a good candidate for this scholarship to This statement should be sent only after submitting the Summer Institute registration form. Please note that scholarship applicants are not required to submit the $500 deposit.

The deadline for application to this scholarship is April 1. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced by April 15. Applicants not chosen for this opportunity will be invited to pay the $500 deposit and join the program at the standard rate.