MSL in Fashion Law
Courses are taught by a mix of Fordham Law's full-time faculty, practitioners, and industry professionals.
Anyone who has earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in the US or abroad may apply. Individuals who have earned a JD, LLB, or other law degree are not eligible for MSL admission. Instead, they should apply for admission to the LLM in Fashion Law.
Is the program full-time or part-time?
Both options are available. The full-time program can be completed in one year (two semesters). Students enrolled in the part-time program may complete the program in as few three semesters or extend their studies to fit their busy schedules.
How long does the program take to complete?
The full-time program can be completed in one year (two semesters). Students enrolled in the part-time program may take up to three years to complete the degree. Extensions are available upon request.
Is the program available online?
No, at this time, we do not offer an online option.
Learn more about MSL tuition and cost of attendance.
Yes. A limited number of partial, merit-based scholarships are available. Review the deadlines for scholarship consideration.
What academic guidelines govern the program?
All students in the MSL programs are expected to adhere to Fordham Law’s Code of Academic Responsibility and are subject to the School’s Academic Regulations.
Could my credits count toward a JD degree?
American Bar Association rules prohibit the Law School from counting credits earned in the MSL program toward the JD degree.
The Fashion Law Institute pioneered the placement of legal interns at fashion brands. Students within our program have served as interns at companies throughout the New York area. Louis Vuitton, Prada, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Coach, Cushnie et Ochs, and SoulCycle are just a few of the brands where our students have interned. Students have also worked at leading fashion funders, nonprofits, law firms with fashion practices, and other organizations connected to the industry.
A number of these students have been placed through our Fashion Law Practicum drafting course, in which students receive academic credit for internships supervised by our faculty. Students have also secured internships independently with the help of our extensive industry connections. Internships come in all shapes and sizes, and we encourage students to remember that internships have the potential to turn into a job.
Are there any important deadlines that I should be mindful of?
Application Period Opens: September 15
Application Deadline: June 2
*Note: priority consideration for Graduate Student Scholarships is given to those with applications completed by May 1.
Rolling Admissions Decisions
We make admissions decisions as we receive applications. Thus, applicants are encouraged to apply early.
We accept applications after the application deadline if space is available. However, applicants considering late submission should be aware of course registration dates, typically in the beginning of June. After the initial registration date, course selection may be restricted as many classes close quickly due to enrollment limits. If you are admitted after the registration date, we will do our best to help you register for the courses that interest you, but cannot guarantee course availability. For exact registration dates, please see the law school academic calendar.
Please also be advised that if you require a visa to study at Fordham, visa processing times are lengthy and are out of our control. Fordham's Office for International Services requires several weeks to issue I-20 documentation. If you are unable to secure a visa before our start date, you will have to defer to another semester.
What TOEFL or IELTS score is required for admission?
To demonstrate sufficient fluency on the TOEFL, applicants are expected to attain a score of 100 or above on the internet-based TOEFL, 250 or above on the computer-based TOEFL, or 600 or above on the paper-based TOEFL; for IELTS, the minimum score is 7.
The language assessment score factors strongly into the decision process. However, the admissions committee will consider applicants who do not attain the minimum score. Phone interviews and a conditional acceptance are sometimes offered to applicants with lower scores, but these options are offered solely at the discretion of the admissions committee; you may not request conditional acceptance or a phone interview.
For applicants unable to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency through our TOEFL or IELTS requirement, we are pleased to offer admission contingent on full-time enrollment and satisfactory progress in Fordham’s Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC).
After you are admitted to our program, we understand that other commitments arise which may affect the date of your enrollment. If you need to defer to a following semester, please contact our office at [email protected] so that we can address your request for deferment.
On-campus MSL AdmissionsFordham University School of Law
International and Non-J.D. Programs
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