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U.S. Business Law Academy

This three-week online program, designed for advanced students but open to practitioners and others as well, offers insight into U.S. legal practices from preeminent scholars from Columbia Law School and other world-renowned institutions.

In 2020, the U.S. Business Law Academy will be presented online only.  In-person classes, along with site visits, networking activities, and full Socratic teaching, will return in 2021.

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 advanced 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 faculties.

The Academy offers an accessible introduction to the Socratic Method, one of the foundations of U.S. legal education, as well as presentations about LL.M. programs and strategies used by U.S. law graduates to find jobs.  The program also includes practice-oriented lectures by prominent attorneys; networking events with fellow participants; and visits to professional and cultural sites in New York.  Overall, the Academy is excellent preparation for those considering furthering their studies in a leading global graduate program.

Early Bird discounts apply to applications that are submitted by January 15.  Group discounts are available for six or more affiliated participants who apply by February 1.

(Note: Columbia Law School also hosts the Global Law and Business Seminar, a separate one-week program for lawyers that is held immediately after the U.S. Business Law Academy.  Instruction is offered on corporate law, international arbitration, and public integrity law.)

Key Points


A total of 48 hours of class-room instruction, over three weeks in July, on select topics in U.S. legal institution, FinTech, and business law.  Taught online in 2020 and in-person in 2021.  Official certificate of participation.


For 2020, the online program will run three weeks from Monday, July 6 through Thursday, July 23.
For 2021, the in-person program will run three weeks from Monday, July 5 through Friday, July 23.


For 2020, the program will be presented online only. 
For 2021, the program will once again be hosted in-person at Columbia University in New York City.


Advanced students, and practitioners and others


For the 2020 online program, the overall program fee is $2,500. 

The fee for a one-week course is 1,000 and for a 2-day mini-course is $500. 

or the 2021 in-person program, the fees are anticipated to be approximately:
$7,500 for tuition and housing (discounts for early applications and groups) and $5,250 for tuition only


Office of International Programs at [email protected]


For the 2020 program, we have updated our individual cancellation policy as follows.  (Different terms apply to groups with which the Law School has made separate arrangements.)  Please note that the Law School reserves the right to revise the content, instructors, manner of instruction, and format of the program at its sole discretion.

Please let us know of any questions via email to: [email protected].


June 15 – Refund deadline:  The Law School will, in response to a request made by June 15, refund all payments made by any individual who wishes to withdraw from the program.  Full refunds will also be provided in the event that the program is cancelled for any reason.  Refunds may take up to 90 days to process. Payments made by credit card during the prior 60 days will be promptly credited back to the same account; other payments may take up to 90 days to process. 

After June 15 - The Law School is not able to refund any deposits, Program Fees, or other payments in response to requests received after June 15.