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Pre-Law Institute

Fordham Law offers a Pre-Law Institute

2022 Dates TBA

The Fordham Law Pre-Law Institute is a 4-week online summer course designed to give undergraduate students and graduates insight into the law school experience and an introduction to foundational subjects in U.S. law. Classes are taught in the mornings, New York time.

Classes in this program are taught by members of the fulltime and adjunct faculty of Fordham Law School, who introduce the Socratic method of teaching common in legal education.

Topics include the following:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Constitutional Law
  • Foundations of Private Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Civil Procedure and Litigation
  • Intellectual Property and Data Privacy Law
  • Legislation/Regulation
  • The Art of Advocacy: Case Theory and Storytelling
  • Becoming a Lawyer: Discovering and Defining your Professional Persona
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing

The program also includes a dialogue with a judge, a virtual visit to a law firm, and a panel on public interest lawyering. In addition, optional sessions prepare students for the law school admissions process and the first year of law school.

Professionalism Events

We will host a series of optional sessions following class featuring attorneys in a range of practice settings discussing their career paths and professionalism, networking, and other topics.

Participants may choose to receive 3 undergraduate credits or to take the course without credit at a reduced cost. This course is designed for those contemplating law school but all are welcome. Certificates of completion will be awarded to all who meet the attendance requirement.

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Who Can Register

The Pre-Law Institute is open to all undergraduate students, college graduates, and working professionals interested in U.S. law and/or contemplating law school. Participants can register for the Pre-Law Institute as a 3-credit undergraduate course or as a non-credit course.

Space is limited so early applications are encouraged.

Registering for Non-Credit

There are no specific academic requirements in order to register for this program as a non credit-earning participant. To participate in the non-credit course option, please apply and pay through this webpage operated by the Fordham Law School Office of International and Non-JD Programs.

The deadline for registration and full payment for non-credit participants is Friday, June 11, 2021. Participants are accepted to the program in the order in which complete registrations, including the deposit, are received.

To register for the non-credit program, please fill out the application form below. Please make payments via the links in the Cost and Payment tab.

Registration for the 2022 Pre-Law Institute will open up later in 2021.

Registering for Undergraduate Credit

Students interested in participating in the Pre-Law Institute for undergraduate credit can register and pay for the 3-credit course option through the Fordham University Summer Session webpage. The 3-credit course is offered as part the Summer Session II curriculum under the course name IDIS 0100 L21 - Fordham Pre-Law Institute.

Apply to the Pre-Law Institute for undergraduate credit.

Cost and Payment

2021 Non-Credit Program Cost: $950

Tuition includes all instruction and electronic course materials, and is subject to change for the 2022 program. The deadline for final payment is June 12, 2020. Please note that participants are accepted to the program in the order in which complete registrations, including the non-refundable deposit, are received.

To make a payment for the non-credit program, click here

2021 3-Credit Program Cost: $2,835

Tuition for the for-credit program option must be paid through Fordham University Summer Session, and is subject to change for the 2022 program. Please visit the Summer Session webpage for more information on tuition and fees if you plan to participate in the 3-credit option for this program.

Attendance Policy

In order to receive a certificate of completion for the Pre-Law Institute or course credit (for those who selected this option), participants must attend at least 80% of all class sessions. Attendance will be taken at the start of each class. Students who arrive late will not be counted as in attendance. Program sessions marked as "optional" are not included in this attendance policy.

Excuses may be granted for a missed class or late arrival if the participant provides a sufficient explanation in advance to the Pre-Law Institute Director, Toni Jaeger-Fine, at

Contact Us

Pre-Law Institute (non-credit option)

If you plan to participate in the Pre-Law Institute as a non-credit student, please use the contact information below for the Office of International and Non-JD Programs at Fordham Law School:

Telephone: 212-636-7702

Pre-Law Institute (3-credit option)

If you plan to receive academic credit for participation in the Pre-Law Institute, please use the contact information below the Fordham University Summer Session program:

Phone: 718-817-4665

"The best part of this course was being taught by law school professors.  I had a real feeling of what law school entails by their diverse methods of teaching.  Their stories were great, and they had fantastic advice for us.  The course subject matters gave me clarity about the law and how law school teaches it. 

That some of the law professors, to whom I reached out, also took the time to talk with me outside of class has left a lasting impression about the high quality of Fordham Law."

-John L.
Fordham College
Pre-Law Institute Participant 2016