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Student Profile

For the convenience of interested employers, this section of our website collects useful information about Fordham Law School, our students and our grading system.

Academic Calendar

Academic and Recruiting Year 2018-2019

Fall 2018

August 27 - Upper-division classes begin
September 3 - Labor Day (University Closed)
September 13 - Fall Weeks interview period begins
September 19 - Yom Kippur (No Classes)
October 8 - Columbus Day (University Closed)
October 19 - Fall Weeks interview period ends
November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed)
December 6 - Upper-division final exam period begins
December 10 - First-year final exam period begins
December 19 - Final exam period ends
December 24-31 - Winter Break (University Closed)

Spring 2019

January 14 - First day of classes
January 21 - Martin Luther King Day (University Closed)
February 18 - Presidents' Day (University Closed)
March 16-24 - Spring Break
April 18-22 - Easter Break
May 1 - Final exam period begins
May 15 - Final exam period ends
May 27 - Memorial Day (University Closed)

Summer 2019

June 3 - EIW and Resume Advance Bidding Begins
July 2 - EIW and Resume Advance Bid Deadline
July 29 - August 1 - Early Interview Week

Grading System

Evening Division

The course of study for the degree of Doctor of Law extends over four academic years in the Evening Division and equals that required in the three years of the Day Division. All required courses are taught by the full-time faculty and Evening students are subject to the same grading system as the Day students. In addition to their studies, a majority of students enrolled in the Evening Division maintain full-time employment.

JD Program Grading System/Dean's List

Student grades are calculated on both a letter and a numerical scale. There are no official class standings, but there are approximate class standings (see below). At the end of the 2021-22 academic year, a student who attained a true weighted average of 3.552 or better made Dean's List for that year. The faculty has adopted a numerical equivalent for letter grades.

Prior to Fall 2014

A+ 4.300
A 4.000
A- 3.700
B+ 3.300
B 3.000
B- 2.700
C+ 2.300
C 2.000
C- 1.700
D 1.000
F 0.000
P Not in GPA
S Not in GPA
* Not in GPA

Effective Fall 2014

A+ 4.333
A 4.000
A- 3.667
B+ 3.333
B 3.000
B- 2.667
C+ 2.333
C 2.000
C- 1.667
D 1.000
F 0.000
P Not in GPA
S Not in GPA
* Not in GPA

Fordham Law School does not rank or provide official class standings; however, below are the approximate or estimated class standings as of the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

Approximate Class Standings (as of the end of the 2021-2022 Academic Year)

Class of 20223(3LD/4LE)
10% - 3.661
25% - 3.523
33% - 3.446
50% - 3.339

Class of 2024/25 (2LD/3LE/2LE)
10% - 3.699
25% - 3.505
33% - 3.430
50% - 3.290

Fordham Law has established scholar designations associated with certain approximate class standings. Please review the description of these Scholar Designations to learn more about these achievements.

Student Body

Employers are understandably interested in learning as much as they can about the students at the schools where they recruit. This section of our site contains information about our JD student body.


Each year Fordham Law School welcomes a diverse and highly talented entering first year class. We encourage you to view the below links which provide a glimpse at our current students. In addition, we encourage you to view our Fast Facts Brochure and Student Performance Profile to learn more about the selectivity of the Fordham Law student body.

Student Organizations

Fordham Law School has a tradition of active student involvement in journals, moot court and organizations. These activities provide our students with substantial opportunities to gain leadership, research, writing, oral advocacy and other skills while in school.

Employers are encouraged to contact student organizations directly to co-sponsor programs and other activities.