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Student Outreach Opportunities

Each year, employers contact the Career Planning Center for suggestions on how best to introduce Fordham Law students to their organizations. As the opportunities at various law schools differ, the CPC has created these pages to inform employers of the various options available at Fordham Law during the Fall 2020 semester.

Hosting Opportunities

Employer Receptions

Employers interested in hosting a reception for students during the Fall 2020 semester may host their own individual receptions off-campus.We anticipate that such receptions will be conducted virtually.

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:

Employer Profile
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 careers@law.fordham.edu, on any emails sent to our students). Please contact Mitchell Weitz (weitz@law.fordham.edu or 212-636-7603) if you would like more information on this option.

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. The Student Groups page on this website lists all such groups and contains links to contact information for each one.

Sponsorships: Wellness-Related Activities

During the Fall 2020 semester, employers will have an opportunity to sponsor one of our new wellness-focused activities:

1. Empowering Mental Health Communication Workshop: In this interactive workshop, Dan Berstein—a mediator and mental health communication expert—will teach students how to use conflict-resolution techniques to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness and become more sensitive, impartial, and accessible to people with mental health needs.

The fee to sponsor the Empowering Mental Health Communication Workshop is $1,000.  

LOTTERY: 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 contact the Career Planning Center by email (careers@law.fordham.edu) by 1:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2020.  All employers will receive an email by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020 informing them whether they’ve been selected for this sponsorship.

2. Wellness Week Prizes: This fall, Fordham Law will be hosting a comprehensive Wellness Week to coincide with World Mental Health Day (October 10, 2020).  Wellness Week offerings will include programs ranging from yoga and mindfulness classes to stress management and mental health communication workshops.  Students can earn wellness-related prizes by participating in Wellness Week programs as well as challenges and competitions designed to promote self-care.

The fee to sponsor Wellness Week prizes is $1,500.  

LOTTERY: The Career Planning Center will conduct a lottery of interested employers to determine which employers will sponsor the Fall 2020 Wellness Week prizes.  Employers interested in participating in this lottery should contact the Career Planning Center by email (careers@law.fordham.edu) by 1:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2020.  All employers will receive an email by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020 informing them whether they’ve been selected for this sponsorship.

3. Mental Health First Aid Training Workshop: Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program designed to teach students how to identify and respond to signs of mental health distress and substance use issues among their peers, classmates, and colleagues.  Participants will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses and substance use disorders, safely de-escalate crisis situations, and initiate timely referrals to mental health and substance abuse resources available in the community. 

The fee to sponsor a Mental Health First Aid Training is $600.  

LOTTERY: The Career Planning Center will conduct a lottery of interested employers to determine which employers will sponsor the training.  Employers interested in participating in this lottery should contact the Career Planning Center by email (careers@law.fordham.edu) by 1:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2020.  All employers will receive an email by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020 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.

Volunteer/Donate

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 Student Sponsored Fellowship ("FSSF"), and (b) assisting Fordham's various student competition teams.

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 mooreadvocates@gmail.com.

(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 mootcourt@law.fordham.edu.

(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 adr@law.fordham.edu.

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.