Deadlines and Events

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Questions? Email [email protected].

February 15
JG 104 with JG 106 as the overflow room
12:10 - 1:10 pm
Graduation Information Session

Come hear from various offices at Columbia about graduation requirements and post-graduation benefits. Find out how to get your Law School Grad Regalia, Class Day Tickets, and, University Commencement Tickets. Want to be the class speaker? Your Grad Co-chairs will let you know how!

February 16 - 26
Interested Graduation Speakers (JD and LLM) can submit a 2-minute video. The deadline is on 2/26 at noon. Please submit all videos to: [email protected] with the subject line: "GRAD SPEAKER VIDEO SUBMISSION".

February 25
Deadline: Please Complete your Marching Order Form.
Failure to comply prohibits you from ordering graduation regalia during the Graduation Fair at the Bookstore on 2/27 - 4/11 and may result in a fee. Doctoral Gown $78, Doctoral Hood $40, Late Fee $40.

February 27 - 29
Only for students who completed their Marching Order Form on or before February 25th. 
Graduation Fair at the Bookstore, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., University Bookstore, Lerner Hall. Cap and gown fitting/ordering and graduation vendors (rings, announcements, diploma frames, etc.). If you are unable to go to the bookstore, please email your information on or before April 11th. The bookstore will NOT accept your measurements if you did NOT complete your Marching Order form on or before February 25.

February 27 - March 1
JD and LLM Graduation Speaker 1st round voting ends at 4 pm on March 1st. Ballots will be sent out via SurveyMonkey

February 27 - March 5
Graduation Marshal Applications are due no later than 3 pm on March 5th. SIGN UP HERE if you are interested.

February 27 - March 5
The Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching voting. The prize is awarded annually at graduation by the graduating class to a professor who exemplifies excellence in teaching at Columbia Law School.  voting ends at 3 pm on March 5th. Ballots will be sent out via SurveyMonkey.
 

March 1
Deadline: Completion of pro bono service requirement (JDs Only). Please see the Pro Bono Program and the FAQs for details. Failure to comply prohibits you from getting your Columbia Law School Class Day Tickets. For further questions, contact, Marka Belinfanti at [email protected]

March 1 - 31
Application periods for the July administration of the NY State Uniform Bar Examination.  Make sure to submit your application during this period; New York does not accept late applications.

March 2 - 5
JD and LLM Graduation Speakers Runoff, voting ends at 3 pm on March 5th. Ballots will be sent out via SurveyMonkey.

March 6 - 8
Portrait shots with GradImages, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Feldberg Lounge. No appointment is needed. You only pay when you would like to purchase the photo. Graduation regalia and hood will be provided.

March 15
Deadline: Bar Housing Application

March 26
50 Days Toast before Graduation at Feldberg Lounge! Hosted by the Graduation Committee.

March 29
Deadline (JDs only): Please provide your graduation employment information in Symplicity. Failure to comply prohibits you from getting your Columbia Law School Class Day Tickets. Questions? [email protected]

March 31
Deadline: Filing applications to take the July bar exam in New York State and in most states. 

April 1
Deadline: Submission of the final draft of the J.D. Major Writing Credit paper, and for all Fall 2023 outstanding written work for J.D. and LL.M. degree candidates (unless the instructor specifies an earlier due date).

April 11
Deadline: For students who have completed the Marching Order Form on or before February 25th can order their cap and regalia at the bookstore. Failure to order by this date will delay your regalia and may result in a fee.

April 22
Rental gown distribution to students begins and continues through the morning of Law School Graduation. The gowns are to be picked up at the Columbia Bookstore. 

April 24
Last Day of Spring 2024 classes. 

May 1
Deadline: to submit all outstanding Spring 2024 written work for May 2024 JD and LL.M. Degree candidates (unless the instructor specifies an earlier due date). Last day to file the final copy of LL.M.  Essay with the Office of Graduate Degree Programs.

Deadline: LLMs taking the July 2024 bar examination must submit the Law School Certificate of Attendance form to Registration Services. JDs taking the exam do not need to do this because NYS BOLE will communicate directly with Registration Services.

May 5
Bar housing decisions are sent out via email.

May 10                            
The date by which all grades for May 2024 degree candidates must be recorded in Lawnet to allow graduation clearance by the close of business on Monday, May 13th. 

May 13
Columbia Law School Class Day. Gates opens at 2:30 pm. South Lawn, Columbia University.

May 15
University Commencement starts at 6:30 pm, Morningside Campus.

Deadline: Bar housing decisions sent out via email.

May 24
Deadline: Last day to return rental regalia to the Columbia Bookstore. The cap is yours to keep.
 

July 31
Law school (LawNet) network accounts remain accessible through July 31.