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, Neighborhood Defender Service Community Defense 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:
An email will be sent out with information about the application process.
April 1, 2021 at 12:00PM EST – May 4, 2021 at 5:00PM EST
May 4, 2021 at 5:00PM EST
May 14, 2021
May 17, 2021 by noon (12:00PM EST)
Lawnet Application (opens April 1): Apply Here!
a. For students who have identified CPRL as your priority or one of your top EL choices and would like to interview and be considered early, access CPRL’s early action, non-binding application here.
b. Deadline to apply early: Monday, March 22 at 5PM
c. CPRL will notify students of early admissions decisions no later than the week of April 13.
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