Fashion Law Bootcamp

Fashion Law Bootcamp - New York and Silicon Valley

Welcome to Bootcamp!


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® East Coast edition– and is internationally recognized for her expertise. The program will also feature guest lecturers from the fashion industry.

Photo of attendees at Fashion Law Bootcamp next to boot with pink flowers

Fashion Law Bootcamp is open to lawyers, fashion industry professionals, law students, 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.

The next edition Fashion Law Bootcamp takes place from May 29 - June 2, and it will cover such topics as

  • intellectual property protection of fashion designs, including jewelry,
  • counterfeiting,
  • licensing agreements,
  • employment issues from designers to models,
  • fashion and technology, including data security & privacy
  • fashion financing,
  • local manufacturing,
  • real estate,
  • consumer protection,
  • conflict minerals,
  • sustainability and green fashion,
  • import/export regulations,
  • sumptuary laws,
  • dress codes, and
  • international legal standards.

We are also planning our fifth annual West Coast edition of Fashion Law Bootcamp in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, once again focused on fashion law and tech. It is tentatively scheduled for July 25-27, 2018; more information, including our West Coast partners and tuition, will follow soon.

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



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


Law students: Up to 2.0 law school credits for the East Coast edition (if granted by your home institution; for additional information, please email
before applying).

Lawyers: Both newly admitted and experienced attorneys will receive a maximum of 28 transitional and non-transitional, professional practice New York State CLE credits, for the New York Edition.

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


East Coast: May 29 - June 2, 2018

Silicon Valley: TBA


This year we're delighted to announce that we have a special arrangement with the nearby Hudson Hotel (a fashion favorite!) -- there are a limited number of rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis! 

East Coast (without hotel): $2,450
East Coast (including Hudson Hotel): $3,900

The fee without the hotel includes all expenses associated with the program (except for room and board), including printed materials and special events. 

The Hudson room also includes breakfast and hotel wireless, and you'll have two options for the stay at the Hudson. The total amount above covers Monday afternoon through Sunday check-out if you want us to handle the reservation on your behalf. If you would like additional time or simply want to make the reservation yourself, that's perfectly fine. There is a special Hudson direct reservation link in the acceptance email,  and you'll get the same special daily Bootcamp rate for every day of your stay! 

A $250 deposit is due with the application for the East Coast edition or both Bootcamps. The deposit is applied toward the program cost and is non-refundable once accepted into the program.