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Experiential Learning

Under the guidance of full-time faculty and distinguished practitioners, students gain hands-on training through clinics, externships, simulations, policy labs, and workshops.

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.

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. externshipLawyering 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).

Open Enrollment:  
9:00 am ET, October 6, 2023 

Application Deadline:  
12:00 pm ET, October 25, 2023
(Late applications will not be accepted)

Acceptance Offers:  
November 3, 2023

Acceptance Confirmation:  
12:00 pm ET, November 7, 2023

Apply for Experiential Courses


Apply on LawNet for Experiential Courses, Spring 2024 Applications due October 25th at 12:00 pm

LawNet Application: Link



The Health Justice Advocacy Clinic students stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building..


Work on behalf of real clients and gain experience as a counselor, mediator, litigator, advocate, and educator. 

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Hilary Krane speaks in front of a lecture hall


Choose from over 20 externships, covering many different areas of law and a wide variety of practice settings, to help clients solve legal problems.

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A student speaks in Moot Court

Moot Court

Starting in your first year of law school, participate in moot court programs on campus and around the country and the world. 

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Students Working


Choose from more than a dozen simulation courses to tackle hypothetical legal challenges in the classroom and delve deeper into practice areas that match your interests.

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Experiential Learning Offerings