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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

  • NYU
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Fordham University
  • Boston College
  • Cornell University
  • University of Maryland-College Park
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Columbia University

Methodology: Most prevalent undergraduate institutions for students entering in fall 2020.

Fact 2: Specialty Areas

Nine of Fordham's programs in specialty areas have been ranked among the nation's top 25.

Nationally Ranked Programs

  • Trial Advocacy, #9
  • Dispute Resolution, #13
  • Business/Corporate Law #17
  • Clinical Training, #17
  • Criminal Law #17
  • Intellectual Property Law, #21
  • International Law, #21
  • Contracts/Commercial Law #23
  • Constitutional Law #25

Methodology: Ranked by U.S. News & World Report "Grad Compass," 2021 edition (subscription required). Retrieved March 2020.

Fact 3: Student Journals - Cited by Judges

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

All IP Journals

1. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal
2. Federal Circuit Bar Journal
3. Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society
4. Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property [online]
5. John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law
6. Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
7. Journal of Intellectual Property Law
8. Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property [online]
9. Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property
10. AIPLA Quarterly Journal

All International Law Journals

1. Fordham International Law Journal
2. Berkeley Journal of International Law
3. Chicago Journal of International Law
4. Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
5. Cornell International Law Journal
6. George Washington International Law Review
7. Georgetown Journal of International Law
8. Texas International Law Journal
9. University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law
10. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

Student-Edited Public Policy Journals

1. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
2. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
3. New York University Review of Law & Social Change
4. Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy
5. Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
6. Texas Review of Law and Politics
7. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
8. Yale Law & Policy Review
9. Fordham Urban Law Journal
10. Harvard Journal on Legislation

Student-Edited Banking and Finance Journals

1. Business Lawyer
2. Journal of Corporation Law
3. Delaware Journal of Corporate Law
4. Columbia Business Law Review
5. New York University Journal of Law & Business
6. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law
7. American Business Law Journal
8. William & Mary Business Law Review
9. Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law
10. Hastings Business Law Journal   

 

Methodology: Data compiled by Washington & Lee Law School, retrieved from lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx, June 2019. Table 1 filtered by "Intellectual Property" and "2018 Case Cites." Table 2 filtered by "International Law" and "2018 Case Cites."  Table 3 filtered by "Public Policy, Politics and the Law," "Student-edited," and "2018 Case Cites." Table 4 filtered by "Banking and Finance," "Student-edited," and "2018 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 field, and five are in the top ten most cited journals of their fields.

All Law Journals

1. Harvard Law Review
2. Yale Law Journa
3. Columbia Law Review
4. Georgetown Law Journal
5. University of Pennsylvania Law Review
6. California Law Review
7. Stanford Law Review
8. Iowa Law Review
9. Fordham Law Review
10. University of Chicago Law Review

All IP Journals

1. Fordham Intellectaul Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal
2. Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society
3. John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law
4.  Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property
5. Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property
6. Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
7. Federal Circuit Bar Journal
8. Journal of Intellectual Property Law
9. Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property
10. AIPLA Quarterly Journal

All International Journals

1.  American Journal of International Law
2. European Journal of International Law
3. Fordham International Law Journal
4. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
5. Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
6. Chicago Journal of International Law
7. Yale Journal of International Law
8. International Law Studies
9. University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law
10. Journal of International Economic Law

All Public Policy Journals

1. Harvard Law & Policy Review
2. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
3. Harvard Journal on Legislation
4. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
5. Fordham Urban Law Journal
6. Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy
7. University of Chicago Legal Forum
8. Yale Law & Policy Review
9. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
10. New York University Journal of Law & Liberty

All Banking and Finance Journals

1. Business Lawyer
2. Journal of Corporation Law
3. Columbia Business Law Review
4. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law
5. American Business Law Journal
6. New York University Journal of Law & Business
7. Delaware Journal of Corporate Law
8. William & Mary Business Law Review
9. Journal of Business & Technology Law
10. Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

 

Methodology: Data compiled by Washington & Lee Law School, retrieved from lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx, June 2019. Table 1 filtered by “2018 Journal Cites.” Table 2 filtered by "Intellectual Property" and "2018 Journal Cites." Table 3 filtered by "International Law" and "2018 Journal Cites." Table 4 filtered by "Public Policy, Politics and the Law" and "2018 Journal Cites." Table 5 filtered by "Banking and Finance" and "2018 Journal Cites."

Fact 5: Employment

Fordham Law is one of the top 25 law schools measured in terms of Class of 2019 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
Columbia
343 19 362 431 84.0%
2
Chicago
113 48 161 202 79.7%
3
Duke
145 31 176 221 79.6%
4
Penn
175 24 199 250 79.6%
5
Virginia
179 45 224 286 78.3%
6
Stanford
85 53 138 182 75.8%
7
Harvard
338 103 441 599 73.6%
8
Cornell
130 12 142 194 73.2%
9
NYU
335 10 345 484 71.3%
10
Northwestern
155 16 171 240 71.3%
11
UC-Berkeley
194 34 228 328 69.5%
12
Michigan
177 31 208 307 67.8%
13
Yale
85 56 141 217 67.0%
14
Vanderbilt
114 16 130 209 62.2%
15
Georgetown
335 36 371 667 55.6%
16
Notre Dame
80 23 103 193 53.4%
17
UT-Austin
122 34 156 297 52.5%
18
Washington University
98 25 123 235 52.3%
19
UCLA
150 13 163 317 51.4%
20
USC
109 5 114 224 50.9%
21
Boston College
119 4 123 247 49.8%
22
Boston University
119 4 123 252 48.8%
23
Fordham
172 14 186 382 48.7%
24
Illinois
38 10 48 122 39.3%
25
Emory
90 19 109 306 35.6%

In the 2019-2020 academic year, nine graduates received six prestigious public interest fellowships, including:

  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship
  • Justice Catalyst Fellowship
  • New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program
  • Innovation Fellowship in Virtual Currency and Cryptocurrency
  • Social Justice Fellowship at the NYS Office of Attorney General (Civil Rights Bureau)
  • Public Rights Project Fellowship, Boulder County DA's Office

According to the March 5, 2020 issue of National Law Journal, Fordham Law ranks 21st in terms of the percentage of the J.D. Class of 2019 hired by the largest 100 law firms. The NLJ also reported that Fordham Law ranks 11th in the number of alumni promoted to partner.

Methodology: Class of 2019 data from the 2020 ABA Employment Summary, retrieved from employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org, October 2020. For the complete employment statistics for the J.D. Class of 2019 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 2019 performed over 100,000 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.

2019 – 106,603 (241 students, 60% of class)
2018 – 152,094 (309 students, 76% of class)
2017 – 94,760 (267 students, 71% 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.