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Summer Institute

2023 Dates TBA

Launched in 2007, the Fordham Law Summer Institute provides foreign-trained lawyers and students with an introduction to the U.S. legal system and various topics of U.S. law that are at the heart of our legal system. The program includes opportunities that allow participants to expand their professional networks and to learn about the practice of law in the U.S. and U.S. LLM programs.

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Program Overview

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Constitutional Law
  • The Art of Advocacy: Case Theory and Storytelling
  • Becoming a Lawyer: Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona
  • Civil Procedure and Litigation
  • Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Foundations of Private Law:  A Unified Approach to Contract, Property, and Tort Law
  • Intellectual Property and Data Privacy Law
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • The Structure of the Law: Legislation/Regulation

The program also includes:

  • Virtual visit to a major global law firm based in the United States
  • Panel of public interest lawyers to discuss opportunities for lawyers in public service
  • Panel of law firm practitioners

Optional Sessions — Get Ready for the LLM

  • Applying to and Choosing an LLM Program
  • Preparing for the LLM
  • LLM Graduate Panel

To request participation in only a portion of the program, please contact us at


Who Can Register

The Summer Institute is open to international law students and graduates with an interest in U.S. law. There are no specific academic requirements in order to register for this program. All courses will be conducted in English, but we do not require any language assessment scores.

Many students who are coming to the United States for an LLM degree find this program helpful as an introduction to U.S. law prior to their Master studies. Each year we also welcome many other international law students, graduates, and practitioners who are interested in U.S. law.

When to Register

The deadline for registration and full payment is approximately one month before the program's start. However, space in the program is limited and early registration is encouraged. We expect this program to fill before the registration deadline. Participants are accepted to the program in the order in which complete registrations, including the deposit, are received.

How to Register

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Cost & Payment

The schedule of fees for the 2021 Fordham Law Summer Institute is below, and is subject to change for 2022:

Program: $950

Fee includes tuition and course materials.

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Financial Aid

We regret that we are unable to offer financial aid (other than the Thiago Barbarisi Moraes Memorial Scholarship) for participants in this program.

Thiago Barbarisi Moraes Memorial Scholarship

The Thiago Barbarisi Moraes Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Thiago, a participant in the First Annual Fordham Law Summer Institute in NYC. Thiago, a much beloved member of the Fordham Law family, died tragically on June 7, 2008, in Sao Paolo.

What we will always remember and treasure about Thiago was his wonderful, warm, and loving nature. He was unfailingly friendly, he was kind to all, he was gentle and sensitive, and he was a natural leader. Thiago enriched forever the lives of those who knew him, and he left us far too soon.

The scholarship that has been created in Thiago’s memory is awarded to the law student or young lawyer from Brazil who best exemplifies the qualities that we loved about and admired in Thiago. The scholarship covers the full cost of the Summer Institute.

Application Instructions

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a personal statement indicating why you think that you would make a good candidate for this scholarship to This statement should be sent only after submitting the Summer Institute registration form. Please note that scholarship applicants are not required to submit the deposit.

The deadline to apply is April 13. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced after the deadline and before May 1. Applicants not chosen for this opportunity will be invited to pay the deposit and join the program at the standard rate.

Financial Aid

In addition to the Thiago Barbarisi Moraes Memorial Scholarship (for more information, refer to the relevant tab), the Summer Institute offers limited partial scholarships. The admissions committee will make a determination based on need and merit. To be considered for financial aid, please send your resume and a statement of no more than one page explaining why you should be considered for aid to Decisions will be made in the order in which requests are received, and early applications are encouraged.

Contact Us

Telephone: +1.212.636.7702