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Beth Schwartz

Fordham Law Professor Beth Schwartz

Clinical Professor of Law; Director of Professional Skills

Telephone: 212-636-6821
Office: 9-102

Research and Teaching Areas

Clinics; Legal Education; Public Interest/Service


Professor Beth Schwartz has taught in Fordham Law School's Clinical Program since 1987. Together with Professor James Cohen, she helped to create Fordham's first in-house clinic -- the Litigation Skills Clinic. Professor Schwartz also has taught, among other courses, the Mediation Clinic, the Family Advocacy Clinic, Fundamental Lawyering Skills, International Conflict Resolution (Ireland Summer Program), and several other in-house clinics, externship seminars and simulation courses.

Professor Schwartz serves as the Faculty Director of Fordham Law School’s Externship and Fundamental Lawyering Skills Programs. Professor Schwartz is certified as a Mediator for the New York State Unified Court System. Professor Schwartz currently serves on several mediator panels including the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and the New York City Family Courts.

  • Law Department of the City of New York, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Assistant Corporation Counsel, 1978-81; Deputy Assistant Chief, 1983-85, Assistant Chief, 1985-87;
  • United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, New York Regional Office, Division of Enforcement, 1981-83;
  • Principal subjects: Externship Program, Fundamental Lawyering Skills, Mediation Clinic (at Fordham since 1987).


  • SUNY (Buffalo), BA, 1973; Member, Phi Beta Kappa;
  • St. John's University Law School, JD, 1978