Columbia/NYU Law Exchange Program

Please note: Due to the change in semester start dates, cross-registration for NYU Law classes will be not be offered for fall 2020. 


In 2019-2020, Columbia Law and NYU Law will allow a limited number of students to take courses at each other’s schools.

Approximately 20 students from each school will be eligible for this opportunity this academic year. Students are permitted to take only one course at the other school during their academic career. Both Columbia Law and NYU Law students must use the online request form to apply. For spring 2020, the application period opens on December 20 at 12:00 p.m.

For Spring 2020, the preliminary deadline to submit a request is at 3 p.m. on January 6.  You will be notified by 3:30 p.m. on January 9 if your application has been approved. Requests received by the preliminary deadline will be considered first and will be selected randomly with J.D. 3L and LL.M. students having priority. After that date, if space is available, additional students may apply on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that this program is open only to Columbia Law degree candidates.

Columbia Law students interested in taking a class at NYU Law should review the list of available courses, as well as the course descriptions and schedules, before completing the request form.

NYU Law classes begin January 15. You may attend the first class at NYU if you receive notification that you are approved, even if you are not yet officially registered.

Please note that after the first month of the semester, permission to drop a course (including an NYU course) will be granted only for compelling and unusual personal circumstances.

Spring 2020 Applicable Timing/Deadlines

Deadline Period

December 20

Application period begins (12:00 pm)
January 6 Deadline to submit online application (3:00 p.m.)

January 9

Notification of accepted students (by 3:30 p.m.)

January 10

Late applications accepted pending available space

January 15

First day of classes at NYU School of Law

January 21

First day of classes at Columbia Law School

January 27

Last day to add an NYU exchange course


  • Columbia Law School's academic calendar may be different from NYU Law's calendar. Please review the start and end dates of the semester and the exam period.
  • It is your responsibility to be informed about classroom and exam policies and procedures at the visiting school. If you have questions, contact the Office of Academic Services.
    NOTE: All NYU School of Law Exams require the use of a computer. Please see the NYU Law exam website for further details.
  • If you will have fewer than 12 credit hours at your home school once you are registered for the course at the other school, you must request full-time equivalency status. You may not exceed your maximum credit allowance without permission of your home school. It is your responsibility to make these arrangements in a timely fashion.
  • Once you are registered, you will be given instructions on how to activate your email account at the visiting school. Your course instructor and the visiting school administration will contact you at this email address.
  • Columbia Law will distribute examination numbers to students at the exam room. NYU Law will notify students of their examination number via email, and students must bring their number to the exam.
  • Upon completion of the course, you must order a transcript from the visiting school to be sent to the Office of Academic Services at your home school. The course title and the credit hours will be recorded on your home school transcript.
  • You must show your home school ID at the visiting school to attend class, use the law library, take exams, or enter computer labs. Other services may not be available to visiting students.