Fordham University School Of Law has announced it will begin offering the world’s first degree in Fashion Law beginning September.
The program offers two degrees. Masters of Laws (LL.M.), in Fashion Law, which according to the Fordham School Of Law Website is "for those who already have a general law degree." Some of the classes that will be offered in the program are fashion financing, fashion modeling law, fashion licensing, and sustainability.
The second program, Master of Studies in Law, (M.S.L.), will be offered to professionals who are not in the field of law. Here, designers and other fashion industry pros will be educated to go further in their businesses.
The announcement was made by Professor Susan Scafidi, the director of the school's Fashion Law Institute. The program is backed up by designer and part-financier, Diane von Furstenberg.
"There are plenty of big law firms in the city that hire lawyers who have knowledge in the background of fashion," Professor Scafidi said. "Why wouldn’t they hire lawyers who are actually trained in the field of fashion?"
Von Furstenberg also spoke to the audience saying, "[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 designer is known for pushing for copyright protection for the fashion industry in the US.