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.
October 12, 2020 at 9:00AM – October 21, 2020 at 5:00PM
October 21, 2020 at 5:00PM
October 30, 2020
November 2, 2020 by noon
Students use their legal skills to help small-business owners, incarcerated individuals, unemployed workers, immigrants, and others affected by the crisis.
Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Represents Women at Risk of Deportation for Alleging Abuse by Georgia Doctor
- Elora Mukherjee
- Alexandra Carter
- Sarah M. Knuckey
"Our goal is to infuse experiential education into every piece of the curriculum. Engaged experiential learning is central to legal education in the 21st century, and we should do all that we can to support and encourage it."