Graduate Degree Experience

Get to know the heart of Columbia Law School’s LL.M. and Executive LL.M. programs in this space dedicated to the voices and experiences of our graduate student body.

Explore the journeys of LL.M. and Executive LL.M. students, who come to Columbia Law School from all over the world to immerse themselves in our vibrant academic community. Their stories reflect the richness of perspectives, backgrounds, and aspirations that contribute to the unparalleled learning environment at Columbia Law.

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Featured Alumna: Kristina Milbourn ’22 E.LL.M.

A lawyer in Canada, Kristina Milbourn ’22 E.LL.M. wanted to grow her experience, knowledge, and network without taking a year off from work. Columbia Law School’s hybrid, six-month Executive LL.M. program was the answer.

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Featured Alumnus: Afam Ikeakanam ’23 LL.M.

A practicing lawyer in Nigeria, Ikeakanam spent his LL.M. year immersed in U.S. corporate law and taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities to put theory into practice.

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Featured: Public Interest Fellows

Columbia Law School graduates have received prestigious fellowships that support positions in public interest and public service organizations.

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Featured Alumnus: Ben Chen ’16 LL.M., ’19 J.S.D.

The Australian lawyer wanted a career in academia. As a student in Columbia Law’s J.S.D. program, he produced original scholarship on elder abuse and inheritance disputes that paved the way to a tenured position at the University of Sydney Law School.

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Giving Back and Fighting Injustice: The 2022–2023 LL.M. Human Rights Fellows

Offered by Columbia Law’s Human Rights Institute and Office of Graduate Degree Programs, the fellowships are awarded annually to LL.M. students committed to battling injustice around the world.

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Inaugural Executive LL.M. Class Moves From Online to In-Person

In Columbia Law’s accelerated six-month Executive LL.M. program, U.S. business law is only the beginning.

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“When I look back, I feel Columbia’s Executive LL.M. program was my perfect selection for continuous professional education. The practical experience, rich faculty, and high-quality resources have been designed to satisfy the intellectual hunger of professionals. Peer-to-peer learning from the small batch of experienced professionals from around the world further helped me gain a macro understanding of global business laws.”

—Sanjay Jhanwar ’20 Executive LL.M.
Cheryl Xu ’20 LL.M.

“The Columbia Law community is the most intelligent and dynamic one that I have ever seen. Each LL.M. student I meet has extensive experience in a specific area while remaining open-minded to embrace diverse voices and new ideas. My interaction with these people always reminds me how fortunate I am to be part of this community.”

—Cheryl Xu ’20 LL.M.

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