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Fordham University

Founded in 1841, Fordham University is a private Jesuit university in the United States, with three campuses located in and around New York City. Fordham University is spread over three campuses in New York State: Rose Hill in The Bronx, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, and Westchester in West Harrison.

Fordham awards bachelor's (BA, BFA, and BS), master's, and doctoral degrees. Fordham University is composed of four undergraduate colleges and six graduate schools, including the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and the Fordham School of Law.

The university offers five-year dual-degree BA/BS engineering programs in cooperation with Case Western Reserve University and Columbia University,and a BFA degree program for dance in partnership with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The law school

[img]fordham-university-school-of-law1.jpg[/img]Fordham Law School is located in the heart of New York City's Lincoln Center and has provided a comprehensive legal education for more than 100 years.

Fordham is one of only six schools to have multiple top 20 programs in each of the three broad areas of legal education: critical substantive areas, basic practical skills areas, and theory.

Tuition fees

The full year tuition is approximately $45,000.

Entry Requirements

U.S. applicant:
* Degree from a U.S. accredited four-year college or university or its equivalent; and
* Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Foreign applicant:
* Degree from an accepted foreign law school, law faculty, or law department that is substantially comparable to the legal education provided by an ABA-approved law school in the United States. Such education should meet the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law in that country.
*Admission to the Bar of any jurisdiction may meet the eligibility criteria.

The following are the admissions requirements:
* Academic performance and class ranking
* Letters of reference
* English-language ability, as demonstrated by performance on the TOEFL or ILEC
* Extracurricular activities
* Occupational and law-related experience and career plans, journal membership and/or involvement with other law-related publications

The Program

Fordham Law’s LL.M. program is structured on the interdependent principles of globalization and specialization. Drawing on New York City’s abundant resources, the program allows you to specialize in a distinctive area of expertise as you develop knowledge and skills critical to the practice of law across the global legal landscape.

The breadth of offerings in Fordham’s five LL.M. degrees is matched only by the enthusiasm and experience that its professors bring to the classroom. In a short time, you will have expanded your knowledge of a particular area of law and obtained a degree that proves not simply that you succeeded in Fordham's rigorous program of academic study but, more importantly, that you are a critical legal thinker prepared to succeed in a world of ever-shrinking borders.

Choose Among Five LL.M. Degrees
- LL.M. in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law: You will acquire a sophisticated appreciation of corporate structure, an understanding of the laws relating to capital markets and financial institutions, and genuine insights into the goals and strategies of U.S. executives and business lawyers.

- LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law: This degree focuses on fundamental and advanced intellectual property rights issues in copyright, patent, and trademark law. You will also learn about issues that lie at the heart of today's digital information society, such as cybercrime, e-commerce, information privacy law, and Internet law.

- LL.M. in International Business and Trade Law: To prepare you to handle complex transnational transactions that define the current and emerging legal and business environment, you will take courses covering topics such as European Union Law, International Law, International Business Transactions, and International Trade Regulation, as well as a range of elective subjects.

- LL.M. in International Law and Justice: This degree facilitates an advanced understanding of human rights protection and promotion on international, regional, and domestic levels. Under the auspices of Fordham Law's Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, one of the largest and most dynamic human rights programs in the nation, the Vivian Leitner Global South LL.M. Scholars Program offers generous scholarships and stipends to enable select graduate students from the developing world to enroll in this program.

- LL.M. in U.S. and Comparative Law: Developed for students who have received their primary legal education in civil law countries and who plan to return to their home countries within a few years of receiving the LL.M. degree, this degree offers you the flexibility to study U.S. law topics that suit your particular needs and interests. You will complete the Perspectives in U.S. Law course and choose from a wide range of electives.

Pursue Special Opportunities
Develop an individualized job search strategy through Fordham's Graduate Professional Development Program. Enhance your practical knowledge in areas such as drafting and advanced legal research in skills courses. Familiarize yourself with key areas of U.S. law through special bar preparatory courses. Apply for a position on one of Fordham’s student-edited law journals or as a post-graduate LL.M. Teaching Fellow.

Join Fordham's Global Community
No matter where you come from, the warm and welcoming community at Fordham Law will quickly make you feel at home and continue after you graduate, as you join the global network of Fordham Law alumni. The university hopes you will consider taking part in Fordham’s robust LL.M. program experience.

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