Clinics Information and Application
Clinical legal education is the study of law and lawyering in context. You will work with real clients on real problems.
Students, under the close supervision of their clinical professors, are encouraged to identify and pursue their own learning goals while providing essential representation to a wide range of clients and causes.
Clinic students begin the lifelong process of becoming capable, thoughtful, responsible and reflective lawyers. Under the close supervision of their clinical professors, Columbia law School Clinic students are encouraged to identify and pursue their own learning goals while providing essential representation to a wide range of clients and causes. Their strengths are tested as they take on increasing responsibility for their clients’ cases and projects, knowing they have the watchful supervision of experienced teachers, yet feeling the profound weight of working on important and often personal matters.
Cliinic Students become counselors, mediators, litigators, and educators as they learn to apply legal knowledge and other skills to their clients’ diverse concerns.
If you are interested in applying, check out the Clinic Application below.
Spring 2018 Clinical Application
Which Clinics Will Be Offered In Spring 2018? ***
There are a variety of clinics within Columbia Law School's clinical education to fit the goals and interests of students. These include:
- Challenging the Consequences of Mass Incarceration Clinic
- Environmental Law Clinic
- Immigrant's Rights Clinic
- Incerceration and the Family Clinic
- Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic
- Mediation Clinic
- Sexuality and Gender law Clinic
Each clinic awards 7 points of clinical credit, counting towards graduation. JD students are allowed 30 clinical points.
How Do I Get More Information?
Live Events to Learn More:
Monday, October 23, 2017: 12:15 - 1:15 P.M. JG - 105
Presentation by the Clinical Faculty; Pizza will be served.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12:15 - 1:15 PM JG Annex Lounge
Open House (Kosher & non-Kosher refreshments) with current/former Clinic students
At least one student from each of the clinics being offered will be available for questions.
Presentations by the Clinical Faculty
Pizza will be served.
Follow up questions:
If you have questions about a particular clinic, please speak with or e-mail the faculty member in charge of that clinic, before or after the presentation. If you have questions about procedures, please call 212-854-4291, or e-mail email@example.com.
** Adolescent Representation and Human Rights are year-long Clinics and offered in the Fall semester only.
STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS
The Columbia Law School clinical program is dedicated to fostering an educational environment that accepts and fully includes all students. We seek to recognize an expansive and evolving understanding of diversity, encompassing considerations of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, religious status, socio-economic background, family history of post-baccalaureate opportunity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status and life experience. We believe that diversity and inclusion in our clinical program enhance the intellectual experience for all and contribute to the betterment of the legal profession.
EQUAL ACCESS STATEMENT
Columbia University and the Law School’s clinical program are dedicated to facilitating equal access for students with disabilities and to cultivating a culture that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of students. To request an accommodation for a disability during participation in a law school clinic, students are welcome to reach out to the University’s Office of Disability Services, to the law school’s Academic Counselors in Student Services (for instance, Joel Kosman), or to their clinic professors directly. (Students may decide whether or not to inform their professors of any accommodations, as they prefer.)
APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES
If you are interested in taking a clinic in Spring 2018, please pay attention to the schedule below. It is designed to let you know, prior to pre-registration for other classes, whether you have been accepted into a clinic. We coordinate with Externship application deadlines. You will know your status with both categories before an acceptance is required from either.
The application period: Wednesday, October 18 through Monday, October 30, 2017. Follow the instructions on the attached application forms concerning interviews, submission of resumes, etc. Please note that you must complete the appropriate questionnaire for each clinic to which you are applying in addition to the single cover page that can be used for all clinics. However, you only need to submit one resume with the entire application. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the end of the application period.
When is the Application Deadline?
APPLICATIONS MUST BE EMAILED NO LATER THAN October 30th at 5:00 P.M. TO firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL NOTE: If you are considering taking an externship in the same term as a clinic, something we strongly discourage, you must recieve permission from the Clinical faculty member.
Friday, November 10, 2017 – Students will receive notice via e-mail if they have been accepted into a clinic. All students not selected in the first round will be put on a waiting list for consideration in the event that someone selected in the first round is unable to accept.
NOTE: this schedule was developed in conjunction with the Externship program. If you are asked to respond to an Externship offer before April 18, please contact the Clinic administrator Brenda Eberhart via email email@example.com.
Please note: You will automatically be placed on the waiting list for all the clinics for which you applied and will not receive an e-mail unless a spot opens up.
Monday, November 13, 2017 – Students who have been accepted into a clinic must accept offers by 12:00 noon. PLEASE do not accept an offer unless you actually will register for and take the clinic during SPRING 2018. We encourage students to speak to clinic professors and students who have taken CLS clinics during the application period to understand the requirements of a clinic before accepting a place. It is important that clinic spaces, which are heavily in demand, do not go unfilled and that waiting list students are not disadvantaged by late entry into a clinic. Follow the accept/decline procedure set forth in the e-mail you receive. The Clinic Administrator will enroll you in the clinic during early registration period.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017– Students on the waiting list will receive notice by 5:00p.m., if they have been accepted for a clinic.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Students accepted from the waiting list must follow the accept/decline procedures by 12:00 noon.
AFTER THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS OVER. Sometimes spaces become available for clinics after the application period has finished. Students will be notified by e-mail if a space becomes available before the beginning of the SPRING 2018 semester.