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The legal system covers a vast amount of topics, from Family to Entertainment. The law “family tree” is about to get a new addition thanks to a new program at Fordham University , according to the New York Times.
The area of law being introduced? – Fashion Law.
The fashion industry has been dealing with growing pains as of late as seen by a recent incident where a Mexican tribe accused French-designer Isabel Marant of copying one of their tribe’s traditional designs. Incidents like this support the notion that people in the industry would be helped if they had some legal knowledge.
Prof. Susan Scafidi, who founded the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham emphasized the importance of legal knowledge for those in fashion:
“Every designer should have a minimum degree of legal literacy,” she said, “if only to know when to seek a legal opinion — and to avoid being sent to sit at the kids’ table while the grown-ups make the legal decisions that will determine the future of their lives and labels.”
The program will last two semesters and be offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. Scafidi insisted legal knowledge has always been important to the industry, it just hasn’t caught on like business expertise has.
“Legal savvy, like business expertise, has always been an important component in building a successful fashion house or design career — it just hasn’t yet been recognized to the same degree.”
After starting up a program like Fordham has, one hopes to see that the importance of legal knowledge gains more recognition down the road.
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