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U.S. Business Law Academy

July 9 - July 28, 2023

This three-week program, consisting of four in-person modules, offers insight into U.S. legal practices from preeminent scholars affiliated with Columbia Law School and other world-renowned institutions.  It is designed for law students but open to practitioners and others as well.

The U.S. Business Law Academy program offers an accessible yet rigorous introduction to U.S. legal institutions and business law—as well as the Socratic Method, one of the foundations of U.S. legal education. 

Columbia Law School invites applications to its U.S. Business Law Academy.  The program, designed for law students but open to practitioners and others as well, offers an engaging educational and cultural experience with select topics in U.S. legal institutions and business law taught by preeminent scholars from Columbia and other world-renowned institutions.

The Academy offers an accessible introduction to the Socratic Method, one of the foundations of U.S. legal education, as well as presentations on topics such as Columbia's graduate degree programs, how leading companies find local counsel abroad, and the management structure of top U.S. law firms.  The program also includes practice-oriented lectures by prominent attorneys, networking events with fellow participants, and visits to professional/cultural sites in New York (subject to public health restrictions).  Overall, the Academy is excellent preparation for those considering furthering their studies in a leading global graduate program.

Applications submitted by January 15 are eligible for an Early Bird discount.

(Note: Columbia Law School also hosts the Global Law and Business Seminar, a separate one-week program for lawyers that is held prior to the U.S. Business Law Academy.  Instruction is offered on Comparative Corporate Law, International Arbitration, and Cross-Border M&A.)

Key Points


A total of 48 hours of in-person instruction, divided into four modules, over three weeks in July.  Select topics related to U.S. legal institutions, negotiation, corporate governance, and transactions.  Official certificate of participation.


The program begins with a Welcome Reception on Sunday, July 9, 2023 and runs through a Closing Reception on Friday, July 28, 2023. Download a PDF of the complete program calendar here.


The program will be hosted in-person on Columbia University's iconic New York campus.  On-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Law students, practitioners, and others.  See FAQs for details.


The fee for the program is $8,000 for three weeks with housing ($6,000 without housing), which includes the Welcome Reception, Closing Reception, Columbia Law School backpack, and an official Certificate of Participation.


Full refunds offered, under certain circumstances, in the event of program cancellation, visa denial, etc.  See FAQs for details.


Please write to the Office of International Programs at [email protected].