M.S.L. in Fashion Law Curriculum

Students seeking the M.S.L. in Fashion Law gain legal knowledge important to their careers in an industry that is both New York–centric and global.

They explore key topics including the following:

  • Intellectual property protection
  • Ethics of innovation
  • Growing a global brand
  • Licensing
  • Employment
  • Worker and consumer safety
  • Modeling
  • Retail
  • Real estate
  • Contracts
  • Gender normativity
  • Environmental sustainability
  • International economic development
  • Wearable technology

Most of all, they develop skills that ensure they can excel as fashion industry professionals who are able to make timely decisions and operate successfully on a daily basis within an international network of laws and regulations.

  • Each student is required to complete a minimum of 30 credits of approved courses. Full-time students may take 12-18 credits per semester, 14-17 credits per semester is recommended; part-time students may take 2-11 credits per semester.

  • The 30-credit minimum must include the following required courses:

    • U.S. Law and Legal Institutions (2 credits)*
    • Fashion Law (2 credits)**
    • Capstone/Thesis (3 credits; final semester)

    In addition, at least 4 of the following courses must be taken:

    • Cosmetics Regulation (2 credits)
    • Fashion Ethics, Sustainability, and Development (2 or 3 credits)
    • Fashion Law and Finance (2 credits)
    • Fashion and Commercial Real Estate Law (2 credits)
    • Fashion and Employment Law (2 credits)
    • Fashion Law and International Trade (2 credits)
    • Fashion Licensing (2 credits)
    • Fashion and Employment Law (2 credits)
    • Fashion and the In-House Counsel Role (2 credits)
    • Fashion Modeling Law (2 or 3 credits)
    • Fashion Retail Law (2 credits)
    • Fashion Law Drafting (2 credits)
    • Fashion Law & Social Justice (2 credits)
    • Fashion Law Practicum (3 credits) (NOTE: limited enrollment)

    *Must be taken in the first semester of study.

    **Students who completed the Fashion Law Institute's Fashion Law Bootcamp summer intensive program are exempt from the Fashion Law course requirement.

  • Remaining credits may be chosen from the regular law school curriculum, as indicated on the class schedules posted on the Registrar's webpage.  Students should seek advising in choosing courses.