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Pro Bono Scholars Program and D.C. Externship Info Session

Start/End Friday, September 05, 2014 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name JG 546

This new program in New York State allows second semester 3Ls to take the New York bar examination in February of their final year of study, before they graduate, and be admitted to the bar as soon as possible after completion of the program in May. (Click here for the full announcement.) In lieu of regular classes, the Pro Bono Scholars participate in an intensive experiential learning program that provides pro bono service to low-income New Yorkers from March through May. Scholars will be able to participate in graduation ceremonies but will receive their diplomas in June.

Columbia is proud to participate in Pro Bono Scholars Program by offering a placement at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) New York District Office through the Columbia Mediation Clinic.  The Mediation Clinic has given hundreds of students the opportunity to work directly with parties in conflict to solve their disputes face to face, on their own terms. Mediation Clinic students receive skills that transfer to all areas of legal practice. Columbia's Pro Bono Scholars Program offering provides students an even more intense experience by allowing them to practice law, full-time, for an entire semester before they graduate.

Join Professors Alexandra Carter and Shawn Watts from the Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Clinic and Dean Ellen Chapnick from Social Justice Initiatives for this information session about the PBSP and the full-semester Externship on the Federal Government in Washington, DC.  For immediate questions, please email Professors Carter and Watts at and

Pizza will be served.