The Fashion Law Project is a comprehensive academic center at Loyola Law School focused on the unique and all-encompassing legal issues affecting the fashion industry in the U.S. and internationally. It's multifaceted design provides programming for several audiences including: law students, design students, legal professionals and fashion industry professionals.
Loyola is entering into its second year of offering fashion law courses which explore issues like the everyday problems faced by fashion brands, the fundamental areas of law a fashion lawyer must know to resolve those issues as well as helping students develop an understanding of brand building (including licensing), celebrity endorsement and promotions, employment law and agreements, fashion financing, import/export rules and regulations, and industry focused intellectual property (including counterfeit), to name a few.
Fashion is a $300 billion industry in the U.S., and in Los Angeles the fashion industry alone generates $58.2 billion in revenue through 168,400 jobs in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, surpassing New York annually in revenue since 1998. With Los Angeles as a fashion capitol, Loyola Law School, located in downtown Los Angeles, is a technologically advanced, teaching and research institution located in the heart of this rapidly growing industry. Loyola Law School, surrounded by over 10,000 fashion companies and located in one of the most diverse cities in the world, is ideally situated to provide academic and industry forums for this growing industry sector.*
The Fashion Law Project has several components including:
- Fashion Law Courses and Sub-Concentration: Loyola Law School students can select a variety of courses focused on fashion law as well as pursing the Fashion-Law Sub-Concentration which includes taking a minimum of three fashion courses. Courses include:
- Introduction to Fashion Law
- Fashion Law Business Transactions
- Fashion Mergers and Acquisitions
- Fashion Modeling Law
- Fashion Law Clinic
- Retail Law and Fashion
- Annual Symposium: The Law School will annually host a symposium for legal and fashion professionals to come together and address leading fashion industry issues such as the impact of technology, growing awareness of social responsibility and the evolving marketplace.
- Fashion Law Summer Intensive Program: The Fashion Law Summer Intensive Program is an annual weeklong immersion into the law behind growing a fashion brand; this year's installment will focus on viral marketing. This program is designed for students in the fashion industry, practicing lawyers and fashion industry professionals seeking to develop and deepen their understanding of the relationship between the law and the business of fashion. This year's session will run July 28-August 5, 2016.
Review photos and video from past Fashion Law Project events:
- Fashion Law Summer Intensive Program
- March 2014 Symposium: One Channel Does Not Fit All: The Fashion Law Implications of Omnichannel Marketing
*(Statistics listed in this paragraph are referenced from the 2011 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region—prepared for Otis College of Art and Design by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation)
Fashion Law Project Director
Staci Jennifer Riordan leads Nixon Peabody's Fashion Law Practice. A Loyola Law School alumna, Staci has returned to her alma mater to teach the university’s first ever Fashion Law course.
The program is the first on the West Coast to focus solely on the legal matters affecting the fashion industry.