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 Experiential Application
Experiential Application Overview:
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm, April 6, 2022 via Zoom
April 1 - 29, 2022
April 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
(Late applications will not be accepted)
May 13, 2022
May 17, 2022
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