London – Fordham Law School, the Fashion Law Institute and designer/CFDA President
Diane von Furstenberg have come together to launch the world’s first degree
in fashion law. The launch of the new degree comes less than a decade after
Professor Susan Scafidi created the first course in fashion law at the
New-York based Fordham Law School. Then in 2010, with the support of the
CFDA, the Fashion Law Institute was established. Currently, fashion law is
seen as an integral part of business within the fashion industry.
“I am proud to support this groundbreaking degree program in fashion law,”
commented Von Furstenberg. “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.” The new course is set to begin come autumn and will
offer attorneys and non-lawyers alike the chance to pursue
master’s degrees in fashion law. The Master of Laws in Fashion Law,
will give lawyers an in-depth understanding of the law and business and
give access to special courses taught by fashion insiders as well as
classes focusing in fashion finance, fashion modeling law, fashion
licensing and sustainability.
However the institute also aims to help designers, executives and other
fashion industry professionals to learn more about law and how it affects the
business of fashion and will therefore offer the Master of Studies in Law
(MSL) at Fordham with a specialization in Fashion Law. The course aimed at
those who want to know more about law but do not aspire to become lawyers.
The MSL degree is seen as the next step in fashion law after the Fashion
Law Institute summer program. “Ignorance of the law is no defense,” added
Professor Scafidi, “but for too long law schools have left everyone but
lawyers ignorant of all but the most basic legal rules.” By opening the
doors to fashion law to anyone in fashion who is interested, the Fashion
Law Institute not only strives to prepare graduates for a future career in
fashion, but also aims to provide a model for the future of legal education
“The Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law has provided our students with
significant experiences in a dynamic, growing field of law,” said Dean
Michael M. Martin. “We’re grateful for Professor Susan Scafidi’s leadership
and excited about the opportunities these two new master’s degrees will
offer to future students.” Application for both programs are now open and
will be available on both part-time as well as a full-time basis.
Students can begin either in the autumn or spring and can complete the
program within two semesters if attending full time.
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