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Pre-Law Institute

Fordham Law offers a Pre-Law Institute

Important Notice: Pre-Law Institute Transitions to Online for 2020

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pre-Law Institute will take place online in 2020. Students who have already registered for the program should monitor their email for additional correspondence from our office.

June 30 - August 4, 2020

Lincoln Center

Get a head start and learn what it takes to succeed in law school by attending Fordham’s Pre-Law Institute online from the comfort of your own home. The Pre-Law Institute will expose you to the rigors of law school.

Classes are taught by Fordham Law School faculty, who will introduce the Socratic method of teaching that is common in legal education. Topics include Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, Constitutional Law, Legislation/Regulation, Foundations of Private Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Civil Procedure and Litigation, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and Legal Research and Writing.

In addition, optional sessions will prepare you for the law school admissions process, the first year of law school studies, and legal professional development.

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.


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 12, 2020. 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.

Click here to register for the 2020 Pre-Law Institute.

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 LGPO 0100 L21 Fordham Pre-Law Institute.

Apply to the Pre-Law Institute for undergraduate credit.

Cost and Payment

2020 Non-Credit Program Cost: $950

Tuition includes all instruction and electronic course materials. 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

2020 3-Credit Program Cost: $2,835

Tuition for the for-credit program option must be paid through Fordham University Summer Session. 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.


Undergraduate students registering for the Pre-Law Institute for academic credit through the Fordham University Summer Session can request on-campus housing. Please visit the Summer Session webpage for more information about on-campus accommodations if you are participating in the for-credit option.

There is no housing available at Fordham University for non-credit participants in 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