Fashion Law Initiative

The Fashion Law Initiative is a premier legal program dedicated to training the next generation of fashion and innovative lawyers as well as promoting a collaborative network within NYLS and among stakeholders.

Fashion Law Initiative

The Fashion Law Initiative is a premier legal program dedicated to training the next generation of fashion lawyers through coursework, research opportunities, conferences, externships, mentorship, and networking opportunities with well-known fashion brands and designers; promoting a collaborative network of knowledge within NYLS and among stakeholders actively interested in helping protect consumers from the safety and privacy risks associated with new forms of technology in fashion; and training innovative attorneys to engage in service to the community as mentors and volunteers.

Through a combination of coursework, clinical and experiential learning, externship opportunities and exposure to new technology, this unique program provides hands-on training and education to law students preparing for innovative careers in fashion law. Affiliated students who meet the Institute’s requirements can earn a Certificate in Fashion Law upon graduation.

Joseph Forgione is Director of the Fashion Law Initiative.


In addition to facilitating a Fashion Law Certificate Program for students, the Initiative offers these programs:

Fashion Law Mentorship Program With Avocate

The Fashion Law Initiative is proud to partner with Avocate, the legal women’s mentoring network. Avocate connects female law students with female attorneys for one-on-one mentorship.

Graduate Law Clerkship Program

The Initiative hires one Graduate Law Clerk to work on practical legal questions of intellectual property and privacy law. This includes conducting research, authoring papers and general audience essays, and providing ongoing counsel in the area of fashion law. The Clerk works closely with members of the faculty and assists the Institute’s Director with events.

Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Program hosts international scholars, professors, and other academics. During their visit, Visiting Scholars engage in research activities on law and fashion as a part of the Fashion Law Initiative. They also have the opportunity to present their research to the NYLS community. The Innovation Center is not able to provide funding allowance for Visiting Scholars.


The Initiative hosts events that address the interplay between law, fashion, and technology, most notably an annual Fashion Law Symposium that draws attorneys from major fashion brands.


The Initiative also provides fashion law resources for students. Find these resources on the Innovation Center for Law and Technology section of the NYLS Portal.

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