Course in Fashion Law

Legal knowledge and practice for fashion Managing Fashion & Luxury companies requires a deep understanding of the legal framework that is characterizing the core internal processes of the companies, as well as the relations with clients and other external parties. Thanks to the participation of both academics and industry insiders, the "Fashion Law" course will focus on the introduction of the main fashion business models and the processes of collection and product development, in order to concentrate on the key industry-based legal issues from a practical point of view:

  • brand protection and different typologies of trademarks' protection, as well as other intellectual property rights that can be used to protect fashion creations and models;
  • fashion negotiation and specific agreements for the industry;
  • supply chain issues: from advertising to the digital fashion processes;
  • the “made in” discipline, the crime issues such as brands and products counterfeiting and fashion forgery.

The course will be constantly carried out with practical cases (litigations, contacts, benchmarks and simulations with managers and lawyers of the fashion industry) and concluded with final mock trials. The setting is Milan, the Italian and European fashion capital, combining together fashion companies and legal offices supporting the industry.

Key facts

Co-Directors: Maria Lillà Montagnani e Nicola Guerini
Industry - Advisor: Avv. Michelangela Verardi
Start of registration: 15 July, 2019
End of registration: 5 June, 2020
Lectures’ start: 2 July, 2020
Lectures' end: 24 July, 2020
Duration: 4 weeks, 120 hours.
Frequency: 80% of overall classes is the minimum required to get the certificate
Location: Milan, Campus Bovisa Politecnico
Value of the course: 2.600€
A reduction of the economic value equal to the 20% for Students and Alumni MFI is provided, while seats last. The Course is completely in English.
During the whole course an Italian - English bilingual Teaching Assistant is available for both Italian and foreign students.

Course Description

The “Fashion Law” course aims at providing the participant the most updated practical information, benchmarks and field expertise concerning the most relevant aspects involving legal frameworks and perspective inside fashion and luxury companies. Starting with an introduction to the industry, from the main business models, to industry segmentation and core processes, the course will focus on all the main stages of the fashion lifecycle, from the concept design, up to the licensing and client relationship management, in order to promote the knowledge of processes, best practices, real cases studies, applied frameworks to the fashion and luxury industries, thanks to a multidisciplinary faculty composed of academics, practitioners and industry professionals.


The ‘Fashion Law’ course is carried out by the Milano Fashion Institute Faculty, composed of academics and practitioners from law, fashion design and fashion business backgrounds, in collaboration with leading legal office professionals as well as fashion & luxury companies’ managers and lawyers. A multidisciplinary team, for granting the deepest understanding of fashion law practices, and enhancing participants’ opportunities as insiders.

Educational goals

The “Fashion Law” course is designed for:

  • Graduates, students and practitioners in law, who want to get notions and fundamental knowledge concerning fashion and luxury businesses from a legal perspective.
  • Graduates, students in business and economics, who want to understand the most relevant legal issues inside a fashion & luxury company, in order to acquire transversal and multi-disciplinary competences, that will permit them to properly manage core processes, particularly in small and medium fashion companies.

At the end of the course, participant will have learnt how to deal with the complexity of fashion and luxury companies processes, how to properly manage and apply the relevant rules and business practices, from contracts and agreements to the management of trademarks and other IPRs, as well as how to properly relate and add value within relations with different company stakeholders (licensing processes, value chain, etc).

Why to take this course

The course is well suited for law graduate students, law practitioners, young managers, professionals and young entrepreneurs that are willing to deal with the challenges of the fashion businesses. It’s an excellent opportunity for understanding the most current legal issues and consequent best practices in the industry, that can involve different professional figures: from lawyers, to licensing managers, product managers, retail managers.

Teaching model

The teaching model is composed as follows:

  • In classroom Lectures
  • Case studies and best practices
  • Guest speakers
  • Project works and mock trials

Traditional in classroom lectures are alternated with case discussions, meetings with managers, lawyers, and other representatives of the industry, in class activities and project works. In addition, career orientation will be provided to the students that aim at working in the industry. At the end of the course a MFI certificate is delivered to each student.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the admission to the course, the candidate must be currently enrolled at a Bachelor of Art/Science course (Law, Business Administration) or have a degree equal to or higher than a Bachelor. Young entrepreneurs, recent graduates with three-year degree o specialist degree, and graduates from design schools and faculties, business and economics, marketing and communication, engineering, architecture, languages, law, humanities.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 1, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
July 2, 2020
4 weeks
2,600 EUR
120 hours.
June 5, 2020
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