public service, Fordham Law School


At the start of the 2014 to 2015 academic year, Fordham University School of Law will begin classes at a brand new, state–of–the–art building located adjacent to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This new building will be the eighth location for Fordham Law School in New York City. From its start at Rose Hill in the Bronx, New York, to its various locations in downtown Manhattan, and finally, to its two locations at Lincoln Center, the law school’s education and values have remained constant: legal excellence through public service. This Article examines the law school’s rich history in public service through the lives and work of its storied deans, demonstrating how each has lived up to the law school’s motto In the service of others and concludes with a look into Fordham Law School’s future. The arc of the law school’s history has proven Robert F. Kennedy’s insightful observation of Fordham Law School that an institution is not merely made of its brick and mortar buildings, but the character and hard work of the people behind it.

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