Fashion Law Bootcamp — Online!

Fashion Law Bootcamp - New York and Silicon Valley

Welcome to Bootcamp!

MAY 26-31, 2020

JULY 15-17, 2020

Fashion Law Bootcamp is going online!

Over the past month, we've had countless discussions on how best to bring everyone together for Fashion Law Bootcamp starting on May 26, and it now appears that the decision has been made for us. The governor of New York State has announced that New York City will be the last part of the state to have its lockdown lifted under a multi-phase process that is likely to last at least through the month of June, and Fordham University has canceled all on-campus events through June as well. In addition, several of you have let us know that you've encountered issues in securing a visa or visa waiver, and we've also heard that in some countries where you live, flights to the U.S. have been canceled at least into June. As a result, we have finally concluded that the only reasonable option for Fashion Law Bootcamp 2020 is to move online. 
That said, we're also excited to announce that we've been working on a plan to make Fashion Law Bootcamp come to life online — all of the classes, led by Professor Scafidi with guest speakers — at a substantially lower fee. One of the best ways to use this time when so many of us are at home is to continue to build your knowledge and credentials for when the world reopens, and we hope that you'll be able to join us. 
The rate for this first online edition will be $975, less than half of the amount for the in-person version. The sessions will be live on Zoom, which means there will be opportunities to connect with us directly —  in other words, Fashion Law Bootcamp will continue to be a community as well as a course. We're keeping the same total number of classroom hours but adjusting the schedule to make Fashion Law Bootcamp accessible from time zones all over the world, which means that the sessions will be held from 9am-1pm New York time from Tuesday, May 26, through Sunday, May 31.  We're even planning a virtual celebratory certificate ceremony at the end! 
Of course, we are still planning to resume the New York edition of Fashion Law Bootcamp next year instead (at the original $2,450 rate).  


Silicon Valley


We're still working out the details of conducting the Silicon Valley edition, since our brand partners have both heightened restrictions on in-person access to their headquarters and strict confidentiality policies that may limit our ability to livestream. For those attending the Silicon Valley edition, we'll have more information about alternative accommodations as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with a most unusual situation, and please let us know if we can assist you with other questions. Thank you from all of us here at the Fashion Law Institute — be well, and all our best to you and yours!




The Fashion Law Institute's unique annual Summer Intensive Program, fondly known as Fashion Law Bootcamp®, is your opportunity to experience the field of fashion law outside of the regular law school curriculum.

It's an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the substance of style, with emphasis on current business and legal issues involving the global fashion industry. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet fashion industry leaders and Fashion Law Institute faculty, who teach the Fashion Law curriculum at Fordham Law School and themselves have worked with major brands, such as Tiffany, Kering, LVMH, Wilhelmina, Ford Models, and Conde Nast.

The program is run by Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder and Academic Director of the Institute, who pioneered the field of fashion law. She is the first professor to create a course in the area – covering the same material as the Fashion Law Bootcamp® New York edition – and is internationally recognized for her expertise. The program will also feature guest lecturers from the fashion industry.

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Fashion Law Bootcamp®  is open to lawyers, fashion industry professionals, law students, design students and alumni, and others in the U.S. and abroad who are interested in broadening their knowledge of the law and business of fashion. The program is an excellent way for fashion industry professionals to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the legal issues that they deal with on a regular basis, or for practicing lawyers to expand their current practice or even jump start a change in career. Individuals who have not yet had academic or practical exposure to the law and business of fashion, including design students and other undergraduates entering their final year of study, are eligible to apply but must have a demonstrated scholastic aptitude and willingness to take on the challenge of studying legal materials.

As always, our series of Fashion Law Bootcamp®  intensive programs are eligible for CLE credit -- more details below.



The brief application form is below and is also linked here. Completed applications are reviewed as they are received.


Law students: Fashion Law Bootcamp does not issue a Fordham transcript; academic credit will need approval from your home institution. For additional information, please read this and email
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Lawyers: Both newly admitted and experienced attorneys will receive a maximum of 28.0 transitional and non-transitional, professional practice New York State CLE credits, for the online edition. We are looking into CLE certification for other jurisdictions.

California CLE credit certification renewal for the San Francisco/Silicon Valley edition is pending; based on previous years, the amount of CLE credits for this version should be 14.0 transitional and non-transitional, professional practice New York State CLE credits, and 12.0 CLE credit hours for California.

Certificates of completion will be awarded to all participants at the conclusion of the program.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal resident and are in or will enter the U.S. as a non-immigrant, you may need a visa to attend Fashion Law Bootcamp. A student visa is NOT required; attendees typically use a B-2 or B-1 visa depending on their particular interests, or, for qualified countries, the visa waiver program. Please email us for more information.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION about Fashion Law Bootcamp, please email


New York Online: May 26 - May 31, 2020

Silicon Valley: July 15-17, 2020 (email for updates)


The May online edition covers the entire content of Professor Scafidi's pioneering two-credit-hour Fashion Law course.

The Silicon Valley edition covers special topics in fashion law with a technology focus, with sessions at the headquarters of leading brands. This year will once again include Apple HQ in Cupertino, with more to be announced.


New York Online: $975, which includes all expenses associated with the program, including materials.

Silicon Valley: $975, which includes all expenses associated with the program (except for room and board), including printed materials and special events.


A $250 deposit is due with the application for either edition or both Bootcamps. The deposit is applied toward the program cost and is non-refundable once accepted into the program. We look forward to receiving your application!


There are a number of places to stay in San Francisco, and surrounding areas. Details are provided in the admittance letter.

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A $250 deposit is due with the application. The deposit is applied toward the program cost and is non-refundable (unless not accepted into the program, in which case the deposit is refunded). If you prefer check, money order, or wire transfer, please let us know and we'll provide the requisite information!
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