Experiential Learning

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Experiential learning is a fundamental way Columbia Law School trains students to become effective, ethical lawyers. 

Beginning with the Class of 2019, American Bar Association standards require that every J.D. student earn at least six experiential credits in order to graduate. 

Requirements

Beginning with the Class of 2019, J.D. students need six credits of experiential education to graduate.

Clinics, the D.C. externship, Neighborhood Defender Service Community Defense Externship and the Public Education Policy Seminar and Practicum fully satisfy the requirement. 

All other externships provide four or five credits. 

Simulations and policy labs provide a range of credits.

Browse the online curriculum guide for courses tagged “experiential.” 

Timeline

April 9: Application period closes at noon. 

April 20: Students notified of acceptances.

April 23: Student acceptances due.

April 25: Waitlisted students are offered places.

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“Our goal is to infuse experiential education into every piece of the curriculum. Engaged experiential learning is central to legal education in the 21st century, and we should do all that we can to support and encourage it.”

BRETT DIGNAM, VICE DEAN FOR EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION