Monday, July 9, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

So You Want to Get Into Fashion Law?

As an attorney passionate about law and proud of the "Esq." behind my name, I get excited about meeting other lawyers eager to pair the profession with the field of fashion.  Over the years, I've connected with law students and attorneys, and we've all found different ways to make our place in the industry.  

With the nice growing and making its validity clear, many often inquire about what to do to "get into" fashion law.  Past the absolute musts of going to law school, taking Copyrights and Trademarks, Entertainment Law, Medial Law (all of which I loved!) and any similar courses, one should definitely take these points into consideration:

-Immerse yourself in the field.
Read all you can, follow fashion law blogs, and if you're on Twitter, follow fashion lawyers, law students, and the Fashion Law Institute.  They are all sharing info and news on the field and love to chat fashion law.

This field of law is so new, there's room for everyone.  Like the fashion industry itself, fashion law is flexible and creative.  By writing, you build credibility in the niche and keep yourself sharp on what's going on.  Whether it's for your own site or you contribute to other publications, write about what you find--any length is fine.

While immersing yourself in fashion law, be sure to talk fashion, law, and fashion law with others.  The niche is built on legal cornerstones like contracts, employment, taxation, intellectual property, business, and so much more.  The more you talk about it and share ideas, the more expertise you'll create.  

With the Fashion Law Institute stitching tightly at Fordham, and local bar associations in NY, Chicago, and DC offering seminars on fashion law, there are plenty of ways to stay up to speed on the topic.  D.C. even has Fashion Law Week, sponsored by Howard University Law School.  This not only keeps you informed on new issues and cases, but gives you the chance to meet others with the same interest.  If you're not in one of those cities, many seminars will send you the materials, offer webinars, or teleconferences.  Surely more are to come and Fashion Weeks (September for NY and October for Chicago) are a great time.

Fashion Law Friend Charles Colman has also included some ideas on his blawg, Law of Fashion.  Take a look!

Also, don't forget to peruse our favorite Fashion Law Blawgs:


  1. I really love this post!! As a fashion lawyer wannabe, it was instructive in how to know more about this.

  2. Sheila,
    So glad you like this post and found it useful. Stay tuned for more and thanks for visiting!



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