We’ve some great news for the fashion industry, particularly those of you in sunny California. Loyola Law School are launching the USA’s second fashion law institute in 2014! The programme is spearheaded by Staci Riordan, fashion lawyer and Chair of the law firm Fox Rothschild’s ‘Fashion Law Practice Group’. Riordan has been teaching fashion law at Loyola since January of this year and the class proved so popular that the law school have agreed to launch the fashion law institute. Law students will be able to get a certificate in fashion law by taking four fashion-specific courses including contracts and intellectual property. The Institute is also hoping to run a nine day ‘bootcamp’ in the summer of 2014 for those of us not lucky enough to attend Loyola law school.
Loyola is the second university in the USA to launch a fashion law institute. In 2010 Fordham law school launched the world’s first center dedicated to law and the business of fashion. A nonprofit organization created with the support of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its president, Diane von Furstenberg, the Institute offers training for the fashion lawyers and designers of the future, provides legal services for design students and professionals, and makes available information and assistance on issues facing the fashion industry. Fordham also offers a summer bootcamp which you can read about here.
The size of Southern California’s apparel industry is no doubt the driving factor for the program’s establishment and will be welcomed by the 168,000 strong workforce in Southern California’s fashion industry.
We congratulate Staci and Loyola Law School on their fantastic work in setting up the institute. We look forward to visiting!