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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

  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University
  • New York University
  • Columbia University
  • Boston College
  • Binghamton University
  • University of Florida
  • Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Emory University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Maryland

Methodology: Most prevalent undergraduate institutions for students entering in fall 2021.

Fact 2: Specialty Areas

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

Nationally Ranked Programs

  • Trial Advocacy, #8
  • Dispute Resolution, #17
  • Business/Corporate Law #18
  • Criminal Law #18
  • International Law, #18
  • Clinical Training, #19
  • Intellectual Property Law, #19
  • Contracts/Commercial Law #23

Methodology: Ranked by U.S. News & World Report "Grad Compass," 2022 edition (subscription required). Retrieved March 2021.

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: Faculty Citations

The scholarly contributions of the Fordham Law faculty are increasingly influential and relied on as reflected in the 2021 Leiter-Sisk scholarly impact ranking of law schools, which lists Fordham as #23.

This periodic study by Professor Greg Sisk and colleagues at the University of St. Thomas ranks the scholarly impact of law faculties based on law journal citations over the previous five years. Fordham Law’s ranking has jumped 20 points over the past nine years, from #43 in 2012 to #23 this year.

Fact 6: Employment

Fordham Law is one of the top 25 law schools measured in terms of Class of 2020 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
124 54 178 203 87.7%
2
Columbia
335 21 356 428 83.2%
3
Virginia
206 55 261 315  82.9%
4
Duke
144 25 169 214 79.0%
5
Penn
177 24 201 258 77.9%
6
Cornell
135 12 147 195 75.4%
7
Northwestern
175 15 190 256 74.2%
8
Stanford
89 42 131 182 72.0%
9
Harvard
320 84 404 570 70.9%
10
UC-Berkeley
188 35 223 331 67.4%
11
Michigan
194 29 223 332 67.2%
12
Yale
79 52 131 204 64.2%
13
NYU
287 16 303 476 63.7%
14
Georgetown
387 40 427 691 61.8%
15
USC
109 4 113 189 59.8%
16
Vanderbilt
78 29 107 180 59.4%
17
Washington University
103 33 136 237 57.4%
18
UCLA
160 15 175 312 56.1%
19
UT-Austin
133 39 172 322 53.4%
20
Notre Dame
86 18 104 200 52.0%
21
Fordham
196 4 200 397 50.4%
22
Boston College
110 4 114 246 46.3%
23
Boston University
98 6 104 227 45.8%
24
George Washington
152 17 169 427 39.6%
25
Iowa
39 9 48 133 36.1%

In the 2020-2021 academic year, six graduates received six prestigious public interest fellowships, including:

  • E. Barrett Prettyman/Stuart Stiller Fellow
  • Civil Rights Fellow, National Education Association
  • New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship

According to the March 4, 2021 issue of National Law Journal, Fordham Law ranks 17th in terms of the percentage of the J.D. Class of 2020 hired by the largest 100 law firms. The NLJ also reported that Fordham Law ranks 18th in the number of alumni promoted to partner.

Methodology: Class of 2020 data from the 2021 ABA Employment Summary, retrieved from employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org, October 2021. For the complete employment statistics for the J.D. Class of 2020 visit law.fordham.edu/employmentstats.

Fact 7: 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 2020 performed over 135,000 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.

2020 – 135,676 (303 students)
2019 – 106,603 (241 students)
2018 – 152,094 (309 students)
2017 – 94,760 (267 students)
2016 – 122,716 (270 students)
2015 – 129,656 (280 students)
2014 – 152,097 (305 students)
2013 – 147,087 (299 students)
2012 – 187,804 (298 students)
2011 – 158,416 (296 students)
2010 – 134,576 (308 students)
2009 – 119,579 (268 students)
2008 – 101,569 (238 students)
2007 – 100,221 (237 students)
2006 – 82,724 (309 students)
2005 – 76,012 (243 studentss)
2004 – 73,725 (240 studentss)
2003 – 74,393 (211 students)
2002 – 61,566 (214 students)

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 8: Global Alumni Network

Fordham Law Alumni World Map

The Fordham Law alumni community of over 22,000 people is a global network. Graduates can be found in all 50 states and 93 countries around the world.