Welcome to the Fordham Law Family! We are delighted you have chosen to join us and look forward to seeing you here soon. Please carefully read through each item below for information on important steps you will need to take prior to the start of the semester In addition to submitting your seat deposit and contacting our Office of International Services to work on your student visa, be sure to review the links to LawNet as this contains time-sensitive information related to registration and a checklist of steps you will need to take prior to orientation.
1. Pay the Deposit to Reserve Your Place in the Graduate Program
Admitted applicants are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a place in our graduate program. You may pay the deposit by credit card, check or money order, as described below. The deposit is not refundable, but will be applied toward your tuition bill in your first semester. (Note: Bank transfers are not accepted for payment of the deposit.)
You will receive an automated email acknowledging receipt of your deposit within 3-4 days of making payment. Please contact us if you do not receive an email within 4 days. If you pay using someone else's credit card, please note your name under "Special Notes and Instructions" when making the payment.
LLM students who are participating in an Visiting Student Program or a Double Degree Program with one of our partner institutions do not need to pay the deposit.
To pay your deposit by credit card, please click the link below.
Please note: This payment option is only available for those accepted into the LLM or MSL programs, and should not be used by JD students.
Deposit - $500.00 (US)
Check or Money Order
If you choose to pay the $500.00 deposit by check or money order, please make payment to "Fordham Law School"
Please mail the check or money order to:
Fordham University School of Law
Graduate and International Programs - Suite 8-131
150 West 62nd Street
New York , NY 10023
2. Submit Student Visa Documentation
If you are not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States and need a visa to study at Fordham Law, contact the Office for International Services (OIS). You will need to submit the Application For Certificate of Eligibility (AFCOE) to OIS. OIS will begin working with fall semester incoming students in May and with spring semester incoming students in October. Fall semester incoming students should submit their documentation to OIS no later than June 1. Spring semester incoming students should submit their documentation to OIS no later than November 1. OIS will respond in the order emails are received, generally within two weeks. Response times may be slower as the semester approaches due to a backlog of late student requests. Submitting your AFCOE form late may delay your student visa and could cause you to miss the start of orientation. It may then be necessary to defer your admission to the following semester. The AFCOE form is available in LawNet for download: AFCOE.
Email the following to OIS, firstname.lastname@example.org:
- completed AFCOE
- passport bio page
- financial support documents
3. Access LawNet for Important, Time-sensitive Information
After your seat deposit has been processed, we will create your student account and send you emails containing 1. your Fordham ID (FIDN), 2. instructions for claiming your Access IT ID to log into Fordham portals, and 3. instructions to access LawNet. Students starting spring 2021 should receive an FIDN within a week of submitting their seat deposit. If you do not receive this, email email@example.com. Students starting in fall 2021 will receive their FIDN and access to LawNet starting in mid-March.
Incoming students should immediately access and carefully review the information in LawNet as it contains detailed instructions about registering for classes and a checklist of items you will need to complete prior to the start of orientation. Spring 2021 incoming students should access these pages now:
- Important Reminders
- use this as a checklist for time-sensitve steps you will need to take, many of which are due prior to orientation
- schedules and updates will be posted in LawNET; spring 2021 orientation will be held remotely January 4 - 15
- Introduction to the US Legal System and Process
- the course will begin during orientation; syllabus and reading assignments will be posted in LawNET
- Graduate Student Handbook
- Graduate Buddy Program
- connect with returning LLM and JD student volunteers