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MSL in Fashion Law

Students in the Fordham Law MSL in Fashion Law Program

For current and future fashion industry pros: A flexible master’s degree to give you the inside edge.

Fashion law started here—and at Fordham Law we believe that legal knowledge in the global fashion industry can no longer be left to lawyers alone.

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Fashion industry professionals and entrepreneurs who enroll in the MSL in Fashion Law will develop their legal literacy while studying with the most distinguished faculty in the discipline, including both academics and industry insiders—in New York City, a capital of the world’s fashion industry. Whether you’re currently working in fashion or aspire to a career as a designer, production manager, licensing director, human resources coordinator, or C-suite executive, this program will prepare you to succeed.

You will learn aspects of the law that arise throughout the life of a garment, starting with the designer’s original idea and continuing all the way to the consumer’s closet.

You will explore what we’ve defined as the four pillars of fashion law:

  • Intellectual property
  • Business and finance, including areas such as investment, employment law, and real estate
  • International trade and government regulation, including sustainability, privacy, and issues related to wearable technology
  • Consumer culture and civil rights

You will also gain direct access to events and networking opportunities available through the nonprofit Fashion Law Institute. Established with the assistance of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, it’s the world’s first center dedicated to the law and business of fashion—and it’s based at Fordham Law.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the classes?

Courses are taught by a mix of Fordham Law's full-time faculty, practitioners, and industry professionals.

Who may apply?

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.

What is the tuition?

Learn more about MSL tuition and cost of attendance.

Is financial aid available?

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.

Are internships available?

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: March 1 

*Note: priority consideration for Graduate Student Scholarships is given to those with applications completed by February 1.

Rolling Admissions Decisions

We make admissions decisions as we receive applications.  Thus, applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

Late Applications

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).

May I defer my enrollment?

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 msl@fordham.edu so that we can address your request for deferment.

MSL Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
International and Non-J.D. Programs
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-131, New York, NY 10023 USA

Tel: 212-636-6883

Fax: 212-636-6922

Email: MSL@law.fordham.edu