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Fordham Law Facts

Fordham Law School is a leading force in legal education with one of the nation's most select student bodies, an enduring commitment to academic excellence, and a virtually unrivaled record of graduate employment.

Fact 1: Feeder Schools

Fordham Law students are drawn from among the most academically rigorous undergraduate schools in the country.

Top Feeder Schools

  • New York University
  • Fordham University
  • Boston College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University
  • SUNY–Stony Brook
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia

Methodology: Most prevalent undergraduate institutions for students entering in fall 2017.

Fact 2: Specialty Areas

Five of Fordham's programs in specialty areas have been ranked among the nation's top 30.

Nationally Ranked Programs

  • Trial Advocacy, #12
  • Dispute Resolution, #13
  • International Law, #15
  • Clinical Training, #25
  • Intellectual Property Law, #28

Methodology: Ranked by U.S. News & World Report "Grad Compass," 2019 edition (subscription required). Retrieved March 2018.

Fact 3: Student Journals - Cited by Judges

Judges rely on Fordham's student journals: in terms of citations in judicial opinions, five of Fordham's six journals are in the top ten most cited journals of their respective fields.

Student-Edited Law Journals

1. Yale Law Journal
2. Harvard Law Review
3. Stanford Law Review
4. Fordham Law Review
5. University of Pennsylvania Law Review
6. New York University Law Review
7. Duke Law Journal
7. Columbia Law Review
9. Michigan Law Review
10. Iowa Law Review

Student-Edited Public Policy Journals

1. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
2. Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law
3. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
4. Harvard Law & Policy Review
5. Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
6. Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy
7. Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law
8. Fordham Urban Law Journal
9. New York University Review of Law & Social Change
10. Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law

Student-Edited Banking and Finance Journals

1. The Review of Banking and Financial Law
2. Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law
3. DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal
4. New York University Journal of Law & Business
5. North Carolina Banking Institute

All International Law Journals

1. Minnesota Journal of International Law
2. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
3. Yale Journal of International Law
3. Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice
3. Southwestern Journal of International Law
6. Fordham International Law Journal
6. Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
6. New York University Journal of International Law and Politics

All IP Journals

1. Richmond Journal of Law and Technology [online]
2. Berkeley Technology Law Journal
3. Federal Circuit Bar Journal
4. Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
5. Harvard Journal of Law & Technology
6. John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law
7. Yale Journal of Law & Technology [online]
7. Stanford Technology Law Review [online]
9. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal
10. Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal

Methodology: Data compiled by Washington & Lee Law School, retrieved from lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx, June 2018. Table 1 filtered by “Student-edited,” and "2017 Case Cites." Table 2 filtered by "Public Policy, Politics and the Law," "Student-edited," and "2017 Case Cites." Table 3 filtered by "Banking and Finance," "Student-edited," and "2017 Case Cites." Table 4 filtered by "International Law" and "2017 Case Cites." Table 5 filtered by "Intellectual Property" and "2017 Case Cites."

Fact 4: Student Journals - Cited by Journals

Fordham's journals are also some of the most cited by law reviews. One of Fordham’s journals is the single most cited in its respective field, and all six are in the top ten most cited journals of their fields.

All Law Journals

1. Harvard Law Review
2. Yale Law Journal
3. Columbia Law Review
4. Georgetown Law Journal
5. University of Pennsylvania Law Review
6. Stanford Law Review
7. Fordham Law Review
8. Texas Law Review
9. Michigan Law Review
10. Minnesota Law Review

All Public Policy Journals

1. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
2. Fordham Urban Law Journal
3. Harvard Law & Policy Review
4. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
5. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies

All Banking and Finance Journals

1. Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law
2. Review of Banking and Financial Law
3. New York University Journal of Law & Business
4. North Carolina Banking Institute
5. Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report

All IP Journals

1. Berkeley Technology Law Journal
2. Harvard Journal of Law & Technology
3. Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
4. Stanford Technology Law Review
5. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
6. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal

All International Journals

1. Virginia Journal of International Law
2. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
3. Yale Journal of International Law
4. Fordham International Law Journal
5. Chicago Journal of International Law 

Student-Edited Environmental Journals

1. Harvard Environmental Law Review
2. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
3. Environmental Law
4. Ecology Law Quarterly
5. William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review
6. Vermont Journal of Environmental Law
7. Federal Circuit Bar Journal
8. Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum
9. Stanford Environmental Law Journal
10. Fordham Environmental Law Review

Methodology: Data compiled by Washington & Lee Law School, retrieved from lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx, June 2018. Table 1 filtered by “2017 Journal Cites.” Table 2 filtered by "Public Policy, Politics and the Law" and "2017 Journal Cites." Table 3 filtered by "Banking and Finance" and "2017 Journal Cites." Table 4 filtered by "Intellectual Property" and "2017 Journal Cites." Table 5 filtered by "International Law" and "2017 Journal Cites." Table 6 filtered by "Environment, Natural Resources and Land Use," "Student-edited," and "2017 Journal Cites."

Fact 5: Employment

Fordham Law is one of the top 25 law schools measured in terms of Class of 2017 initial employment with Big Law (firms with 101+ attorneys) and federal clerkships reported to the ABA.

  Big Law Employment Federal Clerks TOTAL Big Law+Federal Clerks Total Graduates % of Class
1
Chicago
142 45 187 214 87.4%
2
Columbia
344 15 359 432 83.1%
3
Duke
145 38 183 225 81.3%
4
UVA
205 28 233 296 78.7%
5
Penn
173 28 201 256 78.5%
6
Cornell
144 11 155 202 76.7%
7
Harvard
365 97 462 610 75.7%
8
Stanford
96 52 148 197 75.1%
9
NYU
332 29 361 484 74.6%
10
Michigan
189 47 236 333 70.9%
11
Northwestern
152 19 171 248 69.0%
12
UC-Berkeley
175 30 205 305 67.2%
13
Vanderbilt
108 18 126 188 67.0%
14
Yale
75 66 141 224 62.9%
15
Georgetown
357 29 386 656 58.8%
16
Washington University
114 11 125 254 49.2%
17
Notre Dame
83 10 93 207 44.9%
18
UT-Austin
116 29 145 327 44.3%
19
USC
86 6 92 209 44.0%
20
Boston College
87 13 100 238 42.0%
21
Boston University
89 2 91 217 41.9%
22
Fordham
142 4 146 349 41.8%
23
UC-Irvine
32 8 40 96 41.7%
24
UCLA
132 13 145 358 40.5%
25
GW
175 19 194 605 32.1%

In the 2017–2018 academic year, seven graduates received prestigious public interest fellowships, including

  • Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship
  • New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Honors Program
  • James E. Tolan Human Rights Fellowship

According to the National Law Journal, Fordham Law ranks 20th in terms of the percentage of the J.D. Class of 2017 hired by the largest 100 law firms. The NLJ also reported that Fordham Law ranks 10th in the number of alumni promoted to partner.

Methodology: Class of 2017 data from the 2018 ABA Employment Summary, retrieved from employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org, May 2018. For the complete employment statistics for the J.D. Class of 2017 visit law.fordham.edu/employmentstats.

Fact 6: Public Service

"In the service of others" is more than Fordham Law's motto; it is the guiding principle in preparing responsible lawyers. The Class of 2017 performed almost 120,000 hours of public interest work during their time at Fordham Law. The listing below shows service hours performed by each graduating class since 2002. In 2008, the Law School's Public Interest Resource Center was awarded the ABA's Pro Bono Publico Award for its outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services.

2017 – 119,834 (270 students, 78% of class)
2016 – 122,716 (270 students, 69% of class)
2015 – 129,656 (280 students, 68% of class)
2014 – 152,097 (305 students, 66% of class)
2013 – 147,087 (299 students, 62% of class)
2012 – 187,804 (298 students, 68% of class)
2011 – 158,416 (296 students, 68% of class)
2010 – 134,576 (308 students, 68% of class)
2009 – 119,579 (268 students, 60% of class)
2008 – 101,569 (238 students, 52% of class)
2007 – 100,221 (237 students, 51% of class)
2006 – 82,724 (309 students, 67% of class)
2005 – 76,012 (243 students, 51% of class)
2004 – 73,725 (240 students, 49% of class)
2003 – 74,393 (211 students, 48% of class)
2002 – 61,566 (214 students, 49% of class)

Methodology: Service hour totals are cumulative (i.e., figures include public service hours worked by students of each graduating class during all their years at Fordham Law School). Service hours include all pro bono legal service hours (non-paid and non-credit), all summer public interest work for which students received fellowship funding, work hours performed by students in public interest clinics and clinical externships for which they received academic credit (excluding judicial externships), work hours performed by student leaders of student pro bono groups, and hours performed by students doing non-legal community service work. All of these activities are consistent with the broad definition of pro bono supported by the American Bar Association through Rule 6.1 for voluntary pro bono publico service in the ABA's model rules of professional conduct.

Fact 7: Global Alumni Network

Fordham Law Alumni World Map

 

The Fordham Law alumni community is a global network. Graduates can be found in 49 states and 80 countries around the world.

Methodology: Shaded areas of map represent countries where Fordham Law alumni are located.