Clinical legal education at Columbia Law School offers students the opportunity to work with real clients in a range of areas of law. The purpose of the clinical program is to give law students the change to work on real problems so they can become thoughtful, responsible, and reflective lawyers.
Students work with faculty members to successfully engage with clients and learn how to provide essential legal representation. As part of the clinical program, professors encourage students to think of how to improve legal institutions and practices to better serve the community. The clinics also provide legal representation on a pro bono basis to clients who may be unable to find alternative help due to the cost, the complex nature of their issues or the unattractiveness of their causes.
There are a range of clinics at Columbia Law School, including mediation, sexuality and gender, child advocacy, and human rights. Through the clinical program, students gain communication skills, reflective practice, the understanding of institutions and serve as a benefit to society.
To learn more about the program, view the Clinical Education Viewbook or click on their Clinics page (in English only).