Fordham adds LL.M. in Fashion Law

Fordham University has launched an LL.M. and M.S.L. degree in Fashion Law, the first advanced law degrees in the world covering the topic.

Students will take courses in intellectual property, business and finance, international trade and government regulation and consumer culture.

"We've all heard that ignorance of the law is no defense, but law schools have done everything they can to make sure that everyone but lawyers are ignorant of the law," Susan Scafidi, director for Fordham’s Fashion Law Institute, said at a press conference. "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."

Fordham will offer its LL.M. in fashion law for those who already have a law degree for $53,000. The school’s Master of Studies is 25 percent less, and is aimed at non-lawyers who want to learn about the legal aspects of the industry.

Faculty members will include Scafidi, Ewa Abrams (who serves as vice president, associate general counsel and chief privacy officer at Tiffany & Co.) and Angela Byun, senior director of business affairs and international licensing at Condé Nast.

Both the LL.M. and M.S.L program will be available on a part-time or full-time basis. Students can matriculate in the fall or spring.