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The Craft of Lawyering

Fordham Law Students learn how to practice law by doing.

They receive the very best training in the critical advocacy skills of writing, research, and oral argument. They start their careers equipped and ready to hit the ground running. When they graduate, they are more than just highly competent legal minds. They are skilled attorneys whom employers count on to get the job done.

Our groundbreaking simulation courses give students a chance to practice new skills while interacting with professional actors who help polish their presentation skills. Fordham's innovative Legal Writing program offers students a range of courses and a deep curriculum in which they sharpen this critical skill.

Students also have a variety of opportunities to hone advanced lawyering skills.

  • Our dispute resolution program, ranked #13 nationally, integrates teaching, scholarship , and practice in conflict resolution within the national and international communities. And the Fordham Law's student run Dispute Resolution Society competes in ABA-sponsored interschool competitions as well as international mediation and arbitration competitions.
  • Our clinical legal education program, ranked #14 in the country, allows students to develop professional judgement and legal skills in a real practice setting. Each of our 15 clinics has a seminar and a casework component. This means students learn about theory and its application in core practice areas while developing advanced skills in interviewing, counseling, and negotiation.
  • Our Moot Court program, ranked #8 in the country in 2009, sharpens students' advocacy skills as writers and oralists. In 2011, our moot court team claimed the championship at the National Criminal Procedure Tournament in San Diego. 
  • Our Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Program develops students' presence and composure in courtroom settings and refines their ability to argue factual inferences, apply facts to legal problems, advocate persuasively, and understand and apply the rules of evidence. Through the program, our students compete in regional and national trial advocacy competitions—and they win. Most recently, our team claimed two national championships: one at the Stanford Law School Mock Trial Invitational and the other at the Lone Star Classic National Mock Trial Tournament in San Antonio.