Get an inside look at the real practice of law - the courtroom, the law firm, the press room and the boardroom - while exploring what being a lawyer really means.

This course will provide a broad introduction to the diverse legal world and its various practice areas while engaging with intellectual discourse on civil rights, free speech, and how citizens of a society engage with legal systems in place. Students will explore what motivates lawyers to practice law and will come to understand whether a life in law is right for them.

The course will also examine the use of legal skills outside of the courtroom and the law firm. Students will explore a range of non-lawyer careers and investigate how a legal background can be an asset in a variety of fields including business and journalism.

Site Visits:

Previous site visits included:

  • An appeals court in Manhattan to meet one of the justices and learn about how the court functions. After reading synopses of two appellate arguments and deciding where they think the issues lie, students will hear the arguments themselves and the questions that the panel of five judges ask.
  • A successful start-up company run by a lawyer. Students will learn how she still uses her legal skills to wade through complex city regulations and negotiate business deals.
  • A law school class to experience firsthand a legal education.
  • An insider’s tour of one of our country’s foremost civil liberties institutions.
  • Fordham Law School Appellate Division, First Department
  • ACLU Human Rights Watch film screening

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

Former guest speakers include:

  • Nus Choudhury, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Program
  • Susan Brune, a former federal prosecutor who now handles white-collar matters as a defense lawyer
  • Victor Kovner, a former Corporation Counsel for the City of New York and renowned First Amendment lawyer (the class visited his office)
  • James Caras, the General Counsel and Director of Land Use at the Manhattan Borough President’s office
  • Susan Povich, Founder, Red Hook Lobster
  • John Schwartz, Science Reporter, The New York Times
  • Paul Radvany, Clinical Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

Who Is This Program For?

This course is for students interested in questions of justice and ethics, the practice of law and anyone who wants to learn whether a career in the law is right for them. The course will survey and showcase the multitude of career opportunities for one pursuing a life in law, while allowing a robust discussion of the intellectual issues addressed by work in those careers.

Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of course leaders.

Cost and Session Information

  • PRICE $5,150* ($5,750* for residential students)
  • DATES Term 1: June 9 - June 21
  • TYPE Intensive
  • LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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