This morning, Susan Scadifi, director of Fordham University’s Fashion Law Institute, along with the University’s Provost, Stephen Freedman, and Diane von Furstenberg, announced two new degree programs focused on fashion law at Fordham’s law school.
The first is an LL.M. in Fashion Law for practicing attorneys. This program will start in the fall and will feature courses in financing, modeling law, and licensing, amongst others. This program is designed to give lawyers practical lawyering skills that would apply to legal issues that affect the industry.
The other program is a Master of Studies in Law, which is for professionals who work within the industry, such as executives, designers and entrepreneurs. This will give industry professionals the opportunity to understand how different laws affect the industry, ranging from business and corporate issues to design issues.
Fashionista reported that at this morning’s press conference, Scafidi explained that, “It’s time in a new era of transparency to open that up and to allow people to have the legal knowledge they need to make important business decisions.” These programs will bridge the gap between industry professionals, who don’t understand the intricacies of the law, and lawyers, who don’t understand the intricacies of the fashion industry.
This is truly a milestone in the field of fashion law. These kinds of programs are the first of their kind and show that both the legal profession as well as the fashion industry are understanding the significance of law within the fashion and retail industries.
Scafidi said at the press conference this morning that she believes that the LL.M. degree will give attorneys who wish to work in fashion law an edge when it comes to finding positions within big law firms in New York. As Scafidi stated, “Why would they hire someone other than people who know the field, as opposed to having to learn it on the job?”
Both programs will begin this fall, are available on either a part-time or full-time basis, and take two semesters to complete. They are a bit pricey, with the LL.M. tuition costing $53,440 and the M.S.L. tuition costing $40,000.