Fordham Law School

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Fordham University School of Law (commonly known as Fordham Law or Fordham Law School) is a part of Fordham University in the United States. The School is located in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, and is one of eight ABA-approved law schools in that city. Originally located in New York's downtown Financial District, Fordham Law is currently located on the West Side of Manhattan, as part of Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus. The main law school building is named for Benjamin A. Javits (LL.B 1918), brother of Jacob K. Javits. In 1984, the Ned Doyle Building (actually only a new wing) was added. Fordham Law also rents space at 33 West 60th Street, across Columbus Avenue from its main building, for some faculty offices, its law clinic, and administrative offices for the Crowley Program, Admissions, and Financial Aid. As part of the university's Lincoln Center Master Plan, unveiled in 2005,a new law school building will be completed some time around 2011. The existing building will then be razed and replaced by a 21-story dormitory sometime around 2025. The new building is still in the planning stages, with the law school administration holding the first round of focus groups with student organization leaders in March 2006.

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Fordham Law School Admissions

Fordham Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 36% of its applicants. Comparatively, Fordham is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 4572 1607 (35.15%) 373 (8.2%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.35 3.53 3.69
LSAT 160 163 165

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $54,116 $54,116
Part Time $40,666 $40,666

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $27,320
  • Living off-campus: $27,320
  • Living at home: $27,320

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/08
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 01/01
  • Application Fee: $70

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Fordham Law School Community

Fordham Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Fordham is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 66
  • Part Time: 197


  • # Female Faculty: 120
  • # Minority Faculty: 42


17.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

Fordham Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Fordham Law School 1L section size is 38% larger than law schools in New York and 51% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Fordham Law School: 297
New York Average: 184
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1515
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 278

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 176
  • Law Journals: 596
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 0.5%
  • Second Year: 4.9%
  • Third Year: 0.2%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Fordham Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Fordham Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 89% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 99.1%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 61.0%
  • Business: 14.0%
  • Government: 12.0%
  • Public Interest: 5.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • New York: 83%
  • New Jersey: 6%
  • California: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 99.1%
  • First Time Takers: 435
  • Average School: 85.9%
  • Average State: 78.6%
  • Pass Difference: 7.3%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 370 of 431 (85.9%)
  • State Average: 78.6%
  • Difference: 7.3%