Program Needs

In addition to providing unrestricted support to the Annual Fund, some donors choose to contribute to the current-use needs of specific programs. Others provide permanent funding by creating endowed funds.

Detailed information about specific programs can be found elsewhere on the Columbia Law School website. A sample of current-use funding needs follows. For details, you may contact the Development Office at (212) 854-2680

Environmental Law

Columbia was one of the first law schools in the country to offer a course in Environmental Law in 1970. Since then, courses have expanded to address an ever-broadening range of domestic and international environmental challenges. To supplement the classroom experience, students in the Environmental Law Clinic work with client citizens' groups, local governments, and non-profits. They draft papers, appear in court, take depositions, and mediate solutions in matters such as clean water, wetlands preservation, environmental justice, "smart growth" and clean air.

$45,000 underwrites the cost of a post-graduate fellow.
$85,000 provides funding for a staff attorney to handle the growing case load.

European Legal Studies

The European Legal Studies Center is one of four specific centers devoted to distinct legal cultures of the world. Supplemented by initiatives in Latin America and the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, Columbia has one of the most comprehensive programs of study of legal systems of any law school in the world. The Law School offers 12 semester abroad programs in 10 countries (seven of them in the English language), two dual-degree programs (London and Paris) and numerous faculty exchanges.

The Center for European Legal Studies is devoted to research and teaching in European law and is the institutional umbrella for semester exchange, double-degree programs, and internships. A sampling of funding priorities follows:

$20,000 underwrites clerkships and internships in Luxembourg, Paris and The Hague.
$20,000 sponsors one academic workshop with a European partner.
$25,000 supports travel and accommodation for a one-semester visiting scholar.
$100,000 brings European professors to teach in the spring seminar of European Law.

Human Rights

The pursuit of international human rights is a hallmark of Columbia Law School. The pioneering Human Rights Clinic exposes students to the practice of law in the cross-cultural context of international human rights litigation and advocacy. To bridge theory and practice, clinical internships provide students hands-on experience working with attorneys and institutions engaged in human rights issues, both in the United States and abroad.

$5,000 provides underwriting for one of 60 summer internships.
$25,000 funds a Visitor from Practice for one semester.
$50,000 provides tuition and a stipend for an LL.M. Human Rights Fellow.
$50,000 pays employment for one year at a human rights organization.

 Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts

New York, with its renowned cultural institutions, creative artists and media and entertainment companies, is rich in opportunities to learn about legal aspects of creative works of authorship. The Law School's Kernochan Center offers courses, seminars, clinical training and internships to prepare lawyers in matters of intellectual property law in the fast-changing technological landscape. Students choose from a broad selection of offerings in copyrights, trademarks, law and the visual arts, theater, sports, music, film, IP contracts, and international and comparative protection of intellectual property.

Through summer internships such as those in the Guggenheim Museum, the International Foundation for Art Research, public radio and television, and Lincoln Center, students gain opportunities for experiential learning while tackling real legal problems.

$4,000 underwrites a summer internship
$25,000 funds a speaker series for practitioners to address issues of legal practice and careers