Legal Education; Fordham; Scholarship; Diversity


This paper focuses on three themes that shaped legal education in twentieth-century America and roughly organizes the topics of this conference. These themes emerged when I was researching and writing the history of Fordham University School of Law. Consequently, I will discuss Fordham’s history as a case study focused on the following themes: 1. The importance of university relations and funding to enhancing the quality of a law school; 2. The importance of scholarship and the changing nature of scholarship in legal education; and 3. The importance of diversity and the changing nature of diversity in legal education.