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U.S. Business Law Academy

July 6-22, 2021

This three-week program, consisting of four stand-alone modules offered online only, offers insight into U.S. legal practices from preeminent scholars from Columbia Law School and other world-renowned institutions.  It is designed for advanced 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 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 and, for those attending in-person, 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 to the in-person program that are submitted by January 15.  Group discounts are available for six or more affiliated participants who apply to the in-person program 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 fintech law, international arbitration, and public integrity law.)

Key Points


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



Academic instruction in the online program begins Tuesday, July 6 and ends Thursday, July 22.


The program will be hosted online.


Advanced students, practitioners, and others.



The fee for the online program is $2,500 for three weeks, $1,250 for one week, and $650 for a two-day mini-course.


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].