Developing real-world lawyering skills is a fundamental part of a Columbia Law School education. The practical experience you acquire prepares you to be an effective and ethical lawyer—no matter what career path you choose to pursue.
Under the guidance of full-time faculty and distinguished practitioners, students gain hands-on training through clinics, externships, simulations, policy labs, and workshops.
Experiential Learning Requirements
J.D. students need six credits of experiential education to graduate.
J.D. students need six credits of experiential education to graduate
Clinics, the D.C. externship, Lawyering for Social Justice (Pro Bono Scholars Program), 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.”
Deadlines for Spring 2024 Experiential Application
Experiential Application Info Session:
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm, Wednesday, October 11, 2023 JG 104
Clinics Open House
12:00-1:20, October 23, 2023 JG 831 (Clinic Offices).
9:00 am ET, October 6, 2023
12:00 pm ET, October 25, 2023
(Late applications will not be accepted)
November 3, 2023
12:00 pm ET, November 7, 2023
Apply on LawNet for Experiential Courses, Spring 2024 Applications due October 25th at 12:00 pm
LawNet Application: Link