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Fordham Law School offers world's first ever specialised fashion law degree

The New York City institution is now accepting applications for the Autumn 2015 semester

By Andrea Tim | Published: 24 Jun 2015

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Those with a general law degree may qualify to enter Fordham Law School to take its new Master of Laws (LL.M) in Fashion Law, the first fashion law degree to ever be offered in the world.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Fordham collaborated on the existing non-profit Fashion Law Institute, based at Fordham. CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg approves of the new degree, saying that "I am proud to support this groundbreaking degree program in fashion law. I firmly believe this program will become a powerful tool in the fashion world and beyond, and help us all as an industry – lawyers or not – better understand, grow and protect our businesses."

With law becoming increasingly vital in the fashion industry, it was an obvious decision for the university (located nearby New York City's Central Park) to expand beyond the Fashion Law Institute's existing Fashion Law summer bootcamp and provide legal education specialising in fashion.

The four pillars that Fordham defines under the new masters degree are: intellectual property; business and finance, including areas such as investment, employment law, and real estate; international trade and government regulation, including sustainability, privacy, and issues related to wearable technology; consumer culture and civil rights.

Click here to apply to the Master of Laws (LL.M) in Fashion Law course at Fordham Law School.

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