International Opportunities

A Global Network

Fordham Law’s international programs put students face-to-face with grassroots partners in the United States and across the globe to work on real-world human rights programs. Students engage with global companies, collaborate with governmental agencies, participate in extensive human rights initiatives, and learn from distinguished foreign professors through study abroad programs from Dublin to Shanghai. Along the way, they garner internships and externships with multinational corporations, law firms, courts, government offices, and human rights organizations.

Students in the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice’s programs
Students in the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice’s programs around the world
Students in the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice’s programs
Students in the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice’s programs around the world

Leitner Center for International Law and Justice

Train to become an international legal expert and impassioned human rights advocate. The Leitner Center, one of the country’s largest and most dynamic law school human rights programs, offers opportunities in human rights fieldwork, advocacy, and scholarship. The Center’s long-term partnerships with social justice organizations and other stakeholders contributes to the promotion of human rights on a global scale, aiming to make international human rights protections an everyday reality for marginalized communities around the world.

Prepare for your international human rights career with fieldwork-centered investigations and advocacy programs through the Center’s Crowley Program in International Human Rights in partnership with advocates and organizations abroad. Students participate in every aspect of designing and executing a human rights project, including fact finding, capacity building, and advocacy projects to gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of a human rights lawyer.

Engage in real-world human rights lawyering in the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic. You’ll learn to be a strategic, reflective, and creative advocate for social justice through programs and partnerships with grassroots organizations around the world.

Focus on international legal responses to racism around the world—including by engaging UN mechanisms—in the Global Anti-Racism Clinic, co-hosted by the Leitner Center and the Center on Race, Law and Justice. Through the International Cooperation and Justice Clinic, you’ll get exposed to the realities and challenges of international cooperation by working on hands-on projects in partnership with governmental institutions, NGOs, and advocacy organizations.

Examine the key role that corporations play in the field of human rights through the Corporate Social Responsibility Program. You’ll get the grounding for work on business and human rights issues through the Corporate Responsibility Clinic, which explores these issues in partnership with business and non-governmental agencies.

The Asia Law and Justice (ALJ) Program exposes you to critical human rights concerns in Asia, a region that is diverse and faces a wide range of challenges and opportunities. Students participate in rule of law and access to justice projects in partnership with advocates and grassroots groups.

The Sustainable Development Legal Initiative (SDLI) serves as the Center’s focal point in promoting international sustainable development, using the law to promote environmentally sound growth and poverty eradication.

Hear human rights experts discuss their work throughout the year as part of the Center’s weekly Human Rights Speaker Series as leading advocates and scholars join Fordham students for dynamic conversations.

Gain valuable experience with a Leitner Summer Fellowship grant to work with international human rights organizations full-time for 10 weeks during the summer.

Get your foot in the door after graduation with the James E. Tolan Human Rights Fellowship, which awards one year of postgraduate funding for a Fordham Law graduate to work on a program designed in conjunction with an international human rights organization.

International Study Opportunities

Study the law in many of the world’s most dynamic regions. Fordham offers a variety of programs, across five continents, in the summer or during the academic year.

Summer Programs

In Fordham Law’s summer programs, you’ll complete six credits of coursework and have the opportunity for externship and internship placements in prominent national courts, as well as in distinguished foreign law firms and non-governmental organizations.

Belfast/Dublin Summer Program

Fordham-SKKU Summer Institute of International Law

Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Program

Double-Degree Programs

You also have the option of applying to one of the Law School’s five international double-degree programs with prestigious universities in China, France, Italy, and Spain. In three years—including a year of foreign study—you can earn your J.D. from Fordham and a master’s from a participating foreign university.

Fudan Law School (Shanghai)

Université Paris I

Université Paris II

Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid)

LUISS Guido Carli (Rome)

Semester Abroad Programs

Our study abroad programs complement and enhance the many international law courses offered on campus in New York City.

Bocconi School of Law (Milan)

Bucerius Law School (Hamburg)

China University of Politics and Law (Beijing)

East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai)

ESADE (Barcelona)

European University Institute (Florence)

Fundação Getúlio Vargas (São Paulo, Brazil)

Jindal Global Law School (Delhi)

National Taiwan University (Taipei)

Tel Aviv University

University of Amsterdam

University of Lucerne

University of Padova (Padova, Italy)

Waseda Law School (Tokyo)

The sun rising on a cathedral in Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy
A bicycle parked in downtown Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
The city at night in Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China