Fashion Law

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Lee Sporn

Pre-requisites: Introduction to IP or Copyright Law and Trademarks and Unfair Practice

This course addresses the principal legal issues and commercial challenges facing the fashion and retail industries in the United States and how these issues inform the practice of law within the legal department of fashion companies. Students will enhance their basic understanding of intellectual property (including design protection and anti-counterfeiting), commercial operations and expansion of a brand (including through licensing), commercial agreements (including distribution agreements), employment law and agreements, consulting agreements, compliance with international standards on human rights, marketing and advertising (including emerging media), retail leasing, international trade (including import and customs issues), corporate finance and professional responsibility issues and practice pitfalls. The instructor, an experienced in-house fashion lawyer, will emphasize the practical interplay and tension between commercial realities and legal requirements, and the increasing professional burdens and responsibilities to which in-house counsel are subject. At times, the instructor will use a case-study format, employing actual contracts, policies, and other relevant materials.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Attendance for this class is mandatory. Letter grade with pass/fail option. More than two unexcused absences will result in a full grade deduction. There will be a final exam, taken in class, which will consist of a series of multiple choice and short answer questions. The grade will be based 80% on the exam, and 20% on class participation and as demonstrated by completion and mastery of assignments (including several brief written assignments) and reading materials.