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.
Learn fashion law from industry leaders
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 edition – and is internationally recognized for her expertise. 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 world of fashion law
Fashion law knowledge gives you vital tools for building fashion's future – and because fashion is a truly global industry, Fashion Law Bootcamp takes a comparative international approach. The syllabus is updated every year, with each section taking a fashion-centered focus to help attendees work with the industry more effectively. Topics include
- intellectual property protection of fashion designs,
- licensing agreements,
- contracts and force majeure,
- employment issues from designers to models,
- fashion and technology, including data security & privacy,
- fashion finance,
- local manufacturing,
- real estate,
- retail issues,
- consumer protection (including cosmetics and personal care products),
- ethics, sustainability and gre
- import/export regulations and tariffs,
- endangered species law,
- sumptuary laws,
- masks and personal protective equipment, and
- dress codes.
For lawyers and others interested in the law and business of fashion
Fashion Law Bootcamp® is open to lawyers (and offers CLE credit), fashion 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 jumpstart a change in career.
Individuals who have not yet had academic or practical exposure to the law and business of fashion, including design students 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 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 email@example.com
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 in-person editions of 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.
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New York: May 30 - June 3, 2023
Silicon Valley: TBA (email email@example.com for updates)
The New York in-person 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. Details to be announced for the 2023 edition - the 2022 edition had to postponed due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Silicon Valley offices!
New York: $2,450, which includes all expenses associated with the program, including materials and optional sessions.
Silicon Valley: $975, which includes all expenses associated with the program (except for room and board), including printed materials and special events. A special reduced combined rate will be available for attendees of both the online and Silicon Valley editions!
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!
For the Silicon Valley edition, there are a number of places to stay in San Francisco, and surrounding areas. Details are provided in the admittance letter.