Good news fashion law fans! Our friends at the Fordham Fashion Law Institute are launching the world’s first Fashion Law LLM!
That’s right, you can head to New York for a year and immerse yourself entirely in the field of fashion law. And it’s not only for law graduates and lawyers. The institute will also be offering a Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) for fashion industry professionals that want to brush up on their legal knowledge.
“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”, said Susan Scafidi, speaking at Monday’s press conference.
The degree programs, which are offered on a full- or part-time basis, and last two semesters, will include ethics and fashion, intellectual property, modelling law and finance.
Founded by Professor Susan Scafidi in 2010, Fordham’s Fashion Law Institute is the world’s first Centre devoted to the law of fashion. The Institute not only provides training, education and assistance to attorneys and law students in the diverse world of fashion law, but provides designers and fashion professionals with a centralised resource for legal queries. Previously, there was no official degree specifically in Fashion Law but many students, lawyers and fashion professionals availed of the intensive two week course entitled ‘fashion law bootcamp’ which takes place each May in New York. The course is a perfectly edited collection of talks from the crème de la crème of the fashion industry. Wigs And Gowns had the pleasure of attending in 2013 and can attest to how practical, relevant and on trend the course is. Highlights included talks from licensing manager from Conde Nast, Angie Buyn, fashion ethics guru, Jeff Trexler, and in-house counsel for Wilhelmina Models, Ali Grace. Lectures were to the point, easy to understand and interactive.
Those of us from Europe might be a little alarmed by the costs, tuition for the 2015/2016 academic year is $53,440 for the LL.M (the average LLM in the UK is in the region of £6000 – £7000). We’re informed, however, this is pretty standard for an LL.M from a high ranking US University. Let’s hope some UK institutions follow suit and a similar LL.M is offered here in the near future!