11 August 2010


Fordham Law is launching the Fashion Law Institute, the world's first fashion law center, for fall 2010. The Institute will provide legal services for design students and designers, train the fashion lawyers and designers of the future, and offer information and assistance on issues facing the fashion industry. It was created with the generous support and advice of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its President Diane von Furstenberg.

The Institute is directed by Professor Susan Scafidi, who pioneered the field of fashion law. She created the first U.S. law school course in the area and is internationally recognized for her expertise.

Working in partnership with CFDA, the Institute will provide Fordham Law students with opportunities to become leaders in this emerging field. Students will develop skills in diverse areas of the law that affect the fashion industry, including intellectual property, business and finance, international trade and government regulation, and consumer culture and civil rights.

In addition to the CFDA, the Fashion Law Institute will be supported by an advisory board including distinguished members of the fashion industry and the bar.

The Law School's proximity to Manhattan’s Garment District will facilitate frequent interaction between the Fordham Law community and members of the fashion industry, including opportunities for internships at some of the world’s best-known fashion houses. Additionally, now that New York Fashion Week has moved to Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, fashion will literally be right outside the Law School's front door.

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