Law School Spotlight: Fordham University School of Law

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    Fordham University School of Law (often referred to as Fordham Law) is today's Law School Spotlight. From LSAC's Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools:

    Fordham Law has been dedicated to preparing great leaders in the legal profession for over a century. The school is proud of its unique and compelling mission: to provide a complete legal education that stresses equally academic excellence, the craft of lawyering, a focus on ethics, and a spirit of public service. The unwavering commitment to these values—combined with the school's dynamic New York City location—offers Fordham Law graduates an unparalleled opportunity to pursue a broad spectrum of careers. The school's signature public service and human rights programs encourage lawyers to pursue the lives of responsible and noble legal practice. A faculty distinguished by its commitment both to teaching and to scholarship creates an atmosphere in which students learn creatively and think critically.

    Fordham Law's prime location in Manhattan provides convenient access to all New York City has to offer, enabling students to begin their careers at the center of the world's legal, financial, and cultural capital. The school's campus is adjacent to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a mere two blocks from Central Park, and steps away from the transportation and shopping hub of Columbus Circle. Fordham Law puts a strong focus on the importance of experiential education, and the school's location puts students close to a broad range of professional opportunities at some of the largest law firms in the world, the busiest federal and state courts, the US Attorney General's Offices, the United Nations, Wall Street, and a myriad of state and federal agencies. Fordham lawyers practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 73 nations around the world. Among our more than 19,000 alumni are partners and associates of leading law firms, CEOs of major corporations, academics, and individuals engaged in public service.

    Type of school: Private

    Setting: Very large city, urban setting

    Size: 1,496 (approx.)

    Incoming class size: 479 (2012) - 399 full-time, 80 part-time 

    Student-to-faculty ratio: 13.6 to 1

    Acceptance percentage: 26.4% (1,999 of 7,551 admitted)

    Tuition and fees: $47,986 (full-time); $36,056 (part-time)

    Cost of living (single student): $25,583

    Address: 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023 
    Phone: 212.636.6810
    Twitter accounts: @FordhamLawNYC

    All information (except for social networking and blog information) was gathered from the school's profile on the Law School Admission Council's Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools and the school's website. Please consult the school's website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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