The Fordham-Ghana Summer Program is limited to 30 law students and lawyers who have satisfactorily completed at least one year of full-time or part-time study at an ABA-accredited law school and are in good academic standing. Ghanaian law students, practitioners, and government officials who have completed at least one year of study at an accredited law school in Ghana or abroad -- as well as qualified applicants from other countries -- are also invited to participate. All non-Fordham students must submit a letter certifying good standing or graduation from the appropriate law school administrator at their home school, along with their program application.
The program has enrolled over 200 students from over 30 law schools since its inception in 2009. The program also enrolls at least fifteen Ghanaian law students each year.
How to Apply
The final deadline to apply for both the academic session and optional internship program is April 15, 2020, after which participants will only be admitted if space is available; however, some classes and internship placements fill up early, so applicants with a strong preference are encouraged to apply as early as possible. To apply, applicants complete and sign the 2020 Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Program Application and submit along with the following supporting documentation:
- A $100 non-refundable application fee payable to Fordham Law School;
- A letter of good standing from an appropriate law school administrator (non-Fordham students only);
- Copies of undergraduate and law school transcripts;
- Copy of your passport (photo page only);
- Recent Photo
- If interested in an internship, a $500 placement fee payable to Fordham Law School.
Mail completed application packet to:
Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Program
Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, Room 7-141
New York, NY 10023
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants may expect to receive a decision within 2 weeks of receipt of all application materials.
This program is accredited by the American Bar Association. Fordham's academic rules and regulations will apply for awarding academic credit. Fordham uses an "A-F" grading system. Daily attendance and preparation for classes are required and may be taken into account in determining the course grade. The for-credit internship is pass/fail; however, taking academic session courses for pass/fail is not permissible. The for-credit internship is pass/fail; however, taking academic session courses for pass/fail is not permissible.
Students are permitted to enroll in a maximum of six credits (One 3-credit course + One 3-credit internship) during the program. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course is subject to determination by the student's home institution. All classes and the for-credit internship qualify for three academic semester credit hours towards the JD or LLM degree at Fordham. Fordham Law Evening Division students who are planning to transfer to the full-time day division are eligible to participate, but must consult the Registrar regarding residency requirements.
Non-Fordham Law students should consult their law school's registrar to verify that the Fordham course and internship may be credited toward their degree. Students should also consult their registrar with respect to the ABA residency requirement. It is unlikely that participation in this program will accelerate graduation.
Summer grades are generally available by late-August; transcript requests are free of charge and should be addressed to the Fordham Law Office of the Registrar.
Travel and Documentation
Transportation costs to and from Ghana are not included. Participants arrange travel on their own. Students are encouraged to review the U.S. Department of State's travel information for Ghana, available on the State Department's website at:
A passport is required for travel to Ghana, valid for at least six months after your intended departure date. Students are responsible for obtaining their passports. This process takes time, so students are encouraged to plan ahead and secure a passport early.
With few exceptions, students will also need to obtain a visa for entry to Ghana. Students in the program will apply for a tourist visa, and will be provided with detailed instructions and an admission letter from the program to submit their visa application. The visa process can take up to three weeks, so applications should be submitted by late-April, at the latest. Additional information on obtaining a visa may be found on the website of the Ghana Consulate, New York, NY.
The University of Ghana Hospital and Achimota Hospita is nearby. Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Traveler's Health guidelines for Ghana, which provide helpful information on general health precautions to be taken when traveling to Ghana.
Fordham students who have purchased Fordham insurance are covered by a mandatory accident policy, the University's Accident Medical Health Insurance program, which provides 100% coverage for medical expenses up to $2,500 per accident, with no deductible. In the event of an accident, students enrolled in this program are advised to collect receipts for reimbursement on your return home. In addition, we strongly suggest carrying/obtaining health insurance for the duration of your time abroad. Students should consult their individual insurance carrier to determine whether and what coverage is provided for travelers. If you are not covered, we strongly suggest purchasing additional insurance that covers sickness, accident insurance (if not already covered by Fordham's or similar a home institution policy), and emergency medical evacuation. While it is highly unlikely that a student will become ill in Ghana, all are strongly encouraged to ensure their health and safety with proper preparation and coverage.
The Ghanaian government requires proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination for entry into the country. Students will be required to present their Yellow Fever Vaccination card when arriving in Ghana. The CDC also recommends that travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccinations such as diphtheria, polio and tetanus, as well as immunization against typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, and Meningococcal (meningitis). Immunizations should be begun as soon as possible, as many must be taken in stages. Students should consult their personal doctor or health-care provider to determine what vaccinations are needed, depending on such factors as their health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.
Malaria is a dangerous, yet preventable and treatable, disease that is contracted from the bite of an infected mosquito. Students are again encouraged to consult the CDC Traveler's Health guidelines for Ghana for malaria information. Although malaria is a potential problem, there are precautions that can be taken to minimize the risk: first, avoid being bitten; and second, take an anti-malarial drug. Travelers are unlikely to be bitten if they apply mosquito repellant and wear protective clothing, especially at night. Air-conditioning also repels mosquitoes. With proper precautions, the danger of being bitten can be vastly minimized. Students must also take pills to protect themselves from malaria. Malarone, which is quite effective with minimal side effects, is generally preferred, but students should consult their personal doctor or health care provider for the latest information. Some medications will need to be started prior to arrival in Ghana, so students are encouraged to begin their health preparations as early as possible.
The Ghana Summer Program reserves the right to alter or cancel its programs. Cancellation would occur in the event of under-enrollment by May 1, 2019, or unforeseen international events that could inhibit program operations or seriously affect participants' safety. In the unlikely event that the program is canceled, students will be notified immediately via telephone and email; the refunds of the otherwise non-refundable application fee and all other payments will be requested within 20 days of cancellation; and Fordham will use its best efforts to make alternative arrangements for any enrolled student to attend a similar program, if desired. If the program were to be modified substantially, students affected by the modifications would be entitled to a refund upon request.
U.S. State Department Travel Warning
In the event of the issuance of a U.S. State Department Travel Warning for Ghana prior to the commencement of the program, all registrants will be notified directly via email and print mail and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program with a full refund of all monies paid. In the event that the Travel Warning compels the cancellation of the Program, the cancellation arrangements indicated above would come into effect.