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Statement of the Newly Formed Experiential Learning Anti-Racism Steering Committee

In light of the events of the recent past, and in furtherance of the statements made by Dean Diller and University President Fr. McShane, we wanted to let you know that Fordham Law School's Clinical Program is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. We acknowledge that the policies and practices in our program are not immune from the dominance of the white norms and superiority in our society and the legal profession.  As a result, we have not identified and addressed policies and practices that perpetuate structural racism; have not placed Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) perspectives, voices, and leadership in the forefront; and have not consistently named and countered racism in its implicit and explicit manifestations.  The challenge is before us, and we must meet it.

To help us fight racism, inequality and injustice in all their manifestations, we have consituted an Experiential Learning Anti-Racism Steering Committee to guide the development of our aspirational goals and their specific mechanisms for implementation. Should you have any questions or are concerned that we are not reaching our goal, please speak with Prof. Martha Rayner (, the facilitator of the Steering Committee.

Michael W. Martin
Associate Dean for Experiential Education,
Director of Clinical Programs, and Clinical Professor of Law

Community Economic Development

Learn transactional lawyering by serving as counsel to nonprofit organizations pursuing racial, economic and social justice.

Help low-income communities and low-wage workers build and sustain organizations to meet their needs and better their lives.

Learn more about the Community Economic Development clinic.

Consumer Litigation

Advocate for low-income consumers. Represent them in federal, state, and local courts against lenders, debt collectors, and merchants.

Learn more about the Consumer Litigation clinic.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Promote sustainability and profitability at the same time. Help businesses maximize their social, environmental, and financial outcomes.

Learn more about the Corporate Social Responsibility clinic.

Criminal Defense

Defend the vulnerable and underrepresented. Represent clients in Manhattan Criminal Court and argue before a judge for their immediate release.

Learn more about the Criminal Defense clinic.

Democracy and the Constitution

Our system of government needs maintenance. Help strengthen our democracy.

Learn more about the Democracy and the Constitution Clinic.

Entrepreneurial Law

Students will provide transactional legal services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. They will also educate entrepreneurs about legal issues through podcast episodes and legal workshops in the community.

Learn more about the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

Family Advocacy

Be an advocate for children. Help find appropriate educational services and programs from the NYC Department of Education for the city’s most vulnerable.

Learn more about the Family Advocacy clinic.

Federal Litigation

Represent clients who have been accused of serious federal crimes and face the possibility of long prison terms. Depose witnesses, argue motions, and try cases.

Learn more about the Federal Litigation clinic.

Immigrant Rights

Provide direct legal representation in a range of immigration matters. Help indigent non-citizens avoid deportation or gain legal status from federal immigration authorities.

Learn more about the Immigrant Rights clinic.

International Human Rights

Become a social justice advocate. Defend the human rights of marginalized populations at home and abroad.

Learn more about the International Human Rights clinic.

International Law and Development in Africa

Gain a better understanding of the realities and challenges of development work in Africa. Partner with African law students to create sustainable projects designed to promote growth and alleviate poverty.

Learn more about the International Law and Development in Africa clinic.

Legislative and Policy Advocacy

Advocate for important changes to New York State and City law to promote civil rights and protect the disenfranchised.

Learn more about the Legislative and Policy Advocacy clinic.

Presidential Succession

Now is the time to take a scholarly but practical look at the adequacy of the Presidential Succession process... And take political action to improve it.

Learn more about the Presidential Succession clinic.


Students work with disputing parties outside the courtroom and assist them in resolving their conflicts through problem-solving negotiation skills.

Learn more about the Mediation clinic.

Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property and Information Law

Students assist authors, artists, musicians, actors, playwrights, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners and non-profit organizations in one of five categories: litigation, deals, risk counseling, Patent applications and Trademark registrations.

Learn more about the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property and Information Law clinic.

Securities Litigation and Arbitration

Protect small investors. Advocate for people whose claims oftentimes represent their life savings.

Learn more about the Securities Litigation and Arbitration clinic.

Tax Litigation

Help underrepresented individuals with their legal disputes involving the IRS. Craft tax-efficient strategies for small business owners.

Learn more about the Tax Litigation clinic.

Rule of Law