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School of Law First-Year Orientation

Dear Fordham Law Student,

Welcome! We are looking forward to the start of the fall 2021 semester and to welcoming you to Fordham Law. Here you will find basic information that is relevant to your arrival, to orientation, and to the fall semester.

Important Orientation Dates (subject to change due to COVID-19)

  • All Orientation programming is mandatory unless otherwise noted.
  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021: In-person orientation begins for evening division
  • Sunday, August 15, 2021: Incoming student BBQ Event, 12-3pm  (This event is not mandatory.)
  • Monday, August 16, 2021: In-person orientation begins for day division
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021: Last day of orientation for both day and evening divisions
  • Please be sure to bring your own notebooks, writing utensils, laptops, etc.

More detailed orientation information will be available on the Admitted J.D. Student Portal on LawNet in early July.

Please visit the latest communication from Dean Matthew Diller which discusses our plans to return in the fall semester.   

For the latest from the University, please visit their pages covering updates and FAQs.

We are always here to answer your questions, so please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs at

Kimathi Gordon-Somers
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity

Office of Student Affairs

Fordham University School of Law
Office of Student Affairs
150 West 62nd Street
Fourth Floor, Suite 4-101
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-7155

Fax: 212-636-7167