Student Outreach Opportunities
The CPC will once again be offering the CPC-Hosted Employer Receptions in late January/early February. For the Spring 2023 semester, we will be hosting those receptions in person.
Employers interested in hosting a reception for students during the Spring 2023 semester may host their own individual receptions off-campus.
Marketing Materials Distribution Policy
The CPC receives frequent inquiries from employers interested in distributing marketing materials to our students.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for the CPC to disseminate marketing materials on behalf of an employer, whether in hard copy or electronic form. Nevertheless, it is possible for employers to reach out to students by a number of methods, detailed below:
Communicating With Our Students
There are a number of ways in which employers can disseminate information to Fordham students:
We ask that you place as much detailed information as possible into your Employer Profile on Symplicity - including information addressed specifically to Fordham students. The profile is an excellent place to put letters to students (including letters from hiring partners or Fordham alumni at your organization), as well as firm facts. Moreover, Symplicity now allows you to upload documents and attach them to your profile. Students have told us that this is an easy and convenient way for them to research employers.
Student Contact List
Please note that the CPC is unable to accommodate employer requests to distribute marketing materials and/or other items due to space constraints at the Law School.
As an alternative, we have instituted a system that allows students to consent to disclosure of their contact information to employers who request it. Employers who request such information will receive a mailing list containing the names, class years, and email addresses of the students who have consented to inclusion on the list. Thereafter, you may email those students directly if you wish to send them marketing materials (copying us at [email protected], on any emails sent to our students). Please contact Mitchell Weitz, Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting ([email protected] or 212-636-7603) if you would like more information on this option.
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. The Student Groups page on this website lists all such groups and contains links to contact information for each one.
Sponsorships: Spring Semester Finals Breakfasts
Our Office of Student Affairs ("OSA") provides food to our students on the days they will be taking their spring semester exams. OSA will be providing continental breakfast before morning exams, light lunch snacks before afternoon exams, and even an evening snack on a day when there is an evening exam. We are pleased to offer employers the opportunity to sponsor one of those Final Exam meals.
The fee for such a sponsorship is $2,000.00. Sponsoring employers are encouraged to send an organization poster (so that students are aware that the firm is sponsoring that meal), marketing materials for students to take away, and/or a small assortment of giveaways, such as stress balls, highlighters, Post-It notes, etc., to be made available to students at the food location.
The dates on which 1L exams will be administered this spring are:
- Tuesday, May 9 (morning and afternoon)
- Thursday, May 11 (evening only)
- Friday, May 12 (morning and afternoon)
- Monday, May 15 (morning and afternoon)_
- Wednesday, May 17 (morning and afternoon)
As a result, there are nine opportunities for employer sponsorships. Employers interested in sponsoring a Final Exam meal on one of those dates should indicate their interest by filling out this online form no later than Monday, April 3, 2023 at 5:00 PM. All employers will receive an email the following day letting them know whether they have garnered a sponsorship and if so, the date of their sponsorship.
If the number of employer requests exceeds the number of available sponsorships, we will use a lottery to determine which employers will be awarded the sponsorship.
Sponsorships: Wellness-Related Activities
The Law School's Office of Professionalism is organizing a number of wellness-related events during the spring 2023 semester that include an opportunity for employer sponsorships. The details of each activity are listed below, including relevant dates.
A. Ensuring Respectful Treatment of Transgender Clients
In this training, students will learn proper terminology and best practices for working with transgender clients. Through a series of interactive case studies, students will have the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills and cultivate the cultural sensitivity necessary for effective and respectful client engagement. This workshop will take place on March 2, 2023.
The fee to sponsor this program is $600. The Career Planning Center will conduct a lottery of interested employers to determine which employer will sponsor the workshop. Employers interested in participating in this lottery should complete this form by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023, indicating whether they wish to be a part of the lottery to sponsor this program. All employers will receive an email by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, informing them whether they’ve been selected for this sponsorship.
B. Vicarious Trauma Workshop
In this workshop, students will learn strategies for recognizing and addressing the secondary trauma stress inherent to public interest lawyering. The exact date for this workshop has not yet been determined, but will likely take place in March 2023.
The fee to sponsor this program is $600. The Career Planning Center will conduct a lottery of interested employers to determine which employer will sponsor the workshop. Employers interested in participating in this lottery should complete this form by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023, indicating their wish to be a part of the lottery to sponsor this program. All employers will receive an email by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, informing them whether they’ve been selected for this sponsorship.
C. Lawyer's Guide to Managing Stress & Burnout
In this workshop, students will learn how to cultivate the skills and self-awareness necessary to build stress resilience, prevent burnout, and reinvigorate their engagement at school and work. The workshop will take place on March 30, 2023.
The fee to sponsor this program is $700. The Career Planning Center will conduct a lottery of interested employers to determine which employer will sponsor the workshop. Employers interested in participating in this lottery should complete this form by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2023, indicating their wish to be a part of the lottery to sponsor this program. All employers will receive an email by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023, informing them whether they’ve been selected for this sponsorship.
D. De-Stress Fest
In advance of finals week this spring, the Office of Professionalism will be offering a variety of activities for students to participate in as an opportunity to “de-stress.” Activities will include meditation, art therapy, and outdoor games (i.e. cornhole, kickball, etc.). Healthy, energy-boosting snacks will be provided to students. The De-Stress Fest will take place on May 3, 2023.
The fee to sponsor this event is $1,000. The Career Planning Center will conduct a lottery of interested employers to determine which employer will sponsor the workshop. Employers interested in participating in this lottery should complete this form by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023, indicating their wish to be a part of the lottery to sponsor this program. All employers will receive an email by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023, informing them whether they’ve been selected for this sponsorship.
Student Organization Partnerships
Fordham Law School has a tradition of active involvement in student organizations. Close to two-thirds of our student body has two or more years of work experience resulting in strong leadership and activity level within these student organizations.
One of the best ways for an employer to get involved at Fordham Law School is to reach out directly to one or more of our student organizations. Employers can offer to co-sponsor panels of interest and other activities directly with these organizations. We welcome employers to contact student organizations directly. A list of all student organizations can be found on the Student Groups page; each listed organization is linked to a page providing a description of the organization and its contact information.
Working directly with a student organization offers employers the opportunity to craft events or panels of special interest to particular segments of the student body.
There are many opportunities for employers to support students and student organizations by volunteering their time or by donating funds. Two of the primary vehicles for this support are (a) the Fordham Summer Fellowship Fund, and (b) assisting Fordham's various student competition teams.
Fordham Summer Fellowship Fund
An employer-sponsored fellowship provides grants to students who undertake full-time summer work in unpaid public-sector jobs. In order to qualify, students must obtain their own unpaid public service internships with non-profit organizations or government agencies and then submit an application to Fordham Law School's Public Interest Resource Center, which makes the final selection.
Summer fellowships are marketed across the Fordham Law School community, providing employers with broad exposure to the student population. Sponsorship levels begin at $5,000. For more details, contact Elizabeth McKeveny in the Development Office at [email protected] or 212-636-7367.
Volunteer to Assist Fordham Law Competition Teams
(a) Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy
The Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center is dedicated to fostering the education of law students in the world of trial advocacy. Each year, the Center sends Fordham students around the country to compete at national trial competitions. Under the guidance of practicing trial attorneys, these students devote a great deal of their time and effort to prepare for these competitions. Firms who wish to help are invited to sponsor practice trials at their offices, send experienced attorneys to judge practice rounds at Fordham, or even sponsor competition teams. If you wish to help, please contact the Center at [email protected].
(b) Moot Court
Moot Court is Fordham’s appellate advocacy program. Moot Court hosts four competitions each year: two intraschool competitions to determine which 2L students will be invited to join the Moot Court Board, and two interschool competitions. The intraschool competitions, Mulligan and Wormser, are held in June/July and October/November, respectively. Since each of the multiple rounds of the competitions require a panel of three judges, Mulligan and Wormser offer both Fordham alumni and local practitioners a significant and enjoyable opportunity for involvement. Practitioners are eligible to receive CLE credit for their involvement. For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, please contact the Moot Court Program at 212-636-6882 or via email at [email protected].
(c) Dispute Resolution Society
The Dispute Resolution Society comprises students who compete in regional, national and international competitions in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Each year the DRS hosts three events with sponsorship opportunities: (i) the leading Pre-moot for the Willem C. Vis Arbitration competition; (ii) a symposium each fall in which leading dispute resolution scholars join us as speakers or attendees; and (iii) a year-end dinner where Fordham deans, professors, distinguished alumni and DRS members celebrate the year's accomplishments. Each event offers opportunities for spotlighting your organization, including sponsoring the event and sponsoring a particular award. To get in touch with the Dispute Resolution Society, please email [email protected].
FLS Centers and Institutes: Connect for Partnership Opportunities
Fordham Law School has a vibrant academic community with 19 Centers & Institutes focused on specified legal areas. While their primary focus is academic in nature, these Centers & Institutes often host student panels, invite speakers and/or host events that provide sponsorship opportunities for external organizations. We encourage you to explore the various Centers & Institutes at Fordham Law School and welcome you to contact them directly to see if there may be partnership and/or engagement opportunities for your organization.