2L Roadmap

 Everything you need to know about the 2L year. 

The 2L Year at a Glance

Academics

  • Take advantage of the Add/Drop period and academic advising provided by Student Services as you choose your courses.
  • Submit your classroom seating requests in LawNet.
  • If you are submitting a paper for a Moot Workshop, do so by the deadline.
  • If you are writing a note, finalize your topic and secure a faculty note supervisor. If you would like to receive credit for your note, have your supervisor fill out the Supervised Research and Major Writing Registration Forms and submit them to Registration Services by the deadlines listed on the forms. (Check out the Faculty Webinar on Student Note Writing for tips and strategies for coming up with note topics and securing faculty note supervisors.)

 Careers and Professional Development

  • If you are participating in the Early Interview Program, attend. See the Office of Career Services (OCS) for counseling on callbacks and offer acceptance/deferral.
  • Apply/bid for Fall On-Campus Interviews (OCI), keeping in mind that most public sector employers have mid-August application deadlines. (Both public and private sector employers will participate.)
  • If you are considering a public interest, government, or international human rights 2L summer, meet with advisers from the Social Justice Initiatives department to begin discussing your options.
  • If you are considering applying for a postgraduate judicial clerkship, register as "Clerkship Search Active" in Symplicity, meet with a clerkship adviser in OJC, and sign up to participate in the Clerkship Pipelines Project as a Clerkships Peer Mentee.

Student Life

  • If you signed up to be a Peer Mentor or Sexual Respect Initiative Facilitator, attend the relevant meetings and programs.

Academics

  • Add/Drop as needed before the period ends and make note of your final schedule, including exams.
  • If you are considering spending the spring term in Washington, D.C., as a part of the Externship on the Federal Government, attend the information session, then apply.
  • Attend the Global @ CLS information session to learn about the wealth of international opportunities at Columbia Law School.
  • Attend the study abroad general info session to learn about international semester exchange and Global Alliance programs if you want to study abroad next year.
  • Research options if you are considering applying for an independent semester abroad program for your 3L year (in places we do not have established programs).
  • Review the Journal Credits Overview to learn about the types of credit you may be able to earn in connection with your journal work.
  • If you are writing a note, finalize your topic and secure a faculty note supervisor. If you’d like to receive credit for your note, have your supervisor fill out the Supervised Research and Major Writing Registration Forms and submit them to Registration Services by the deadlines listed on the forms. (Check out the Faculty Webinar on Student Note Writing for tips and strategies for coming up with note topics and securing faculty note supervisors.)

 Careers and Professional Development

  • Attend SJI Mondays and other practitioner events.
  • Register for the Equal Justice Works Career Fair in October if you are pursuing a public interest career. 
  • If you plan to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in November, register by the September 19 deadline.
  • Continue to meet with your career advisers in OCS and SJI to navigate 2L summer job applications and offers.
  • If you are pursuing postgraduate judicial clerkships, register as a Clerkships Peer Mentee and attend the Clerkships Pipeline Project kickoff event and judicial programs.

Student Life

  • If you are on the board of a student organization, attend the leadership training programs.
  • Get involved in a pro bono project.

Academics

Careers and Professional Development

  • Continue to meet with your career advisers in both OCS (private sector) and SJI (public sector) as you apply for 2L summer jobs and manage offers.

Student Life

  • Attend the Spring Break Pro Bono Caravans information session to learn about exciting public service opportunities both in the United States and abroad.
  • If you are a student organization leader, attend working group meetings.

Academics

  • Pre-register for spring classes and the January term.
  • Keep an eye out for emails from Registration Services regarding fall exams. Take note of the deadline to reschedule exams.
  • Reach out to professors about opportunities for serving as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Fellow (TF) during the spring semester.

 Careers and Professional Development

  • If you want to work in public interest or government next summer, register for Guaranteed Summer Funding by November 30.
  • If you want to work internationally in human rights next summer, submit an application for the Human Rights Internship Program (HRIP).
  • Register for and attend the Beyond the First Job program co-hosted by OCS and SJI.
  • If you want to do a public interest 2L summer, register for the Public Interest Legal Career (PILC) Fair in the spring—some 2Ls get their summer jobs there. (Deadline is December 1.)
  • If you plan on taking the New York Law Exam (NYLE) on December 19, complete the New York Law Course online and register for the NYLE by the November 19 deadline.
  • If you are a Clerkships Peer Mentee and plan to apply for postgraduate judicial clerkships next June, connect with your mentor and faculty before the end of the term.
  • If you are interested in the Salzburg Cutler Fellowship in International Law (two-day February program in Washington, D.C.), apply in early November.

Student Life

  • Apply to participate in a Spring Break Pro Bono Caravan by the deadline.

Academics

  • Focus on your exams. Meet with your academic adviser as needed for exam prep.

Careers and Professional Development

  • If you are hoping to work in your hometown in your 2L summer and are traveling home for the holidays, reach out to potential employers to meet with them over break.
  • R.S.V.P. on Symplicity and attend home for the holidays events in your city.

 Student Life

  • Take advantage of counseling hours and check out other Law School and University-sponsored wellness programs.

Academics

  • Add/Drop as needed and take note of your final schedule, including exams.
  • If you plan to get Supervised Research Credit for writing a note in the spring term, get the registrar's deadline for submitting the needed paperwork.
  • Submit your classroom seating requests in LawNet.
  • If you are applying for an independent semester abroad program for your 3L year (in places we do not have established programs), apply by the January 31 deadline.
  • Pick up your fall term exams and take advantage of your professors' posted office hours if you need to discuss them.

 Careers and Professional Development

  • Participate in the spring On-Campus Interview program. (Both private and public sector employers participate.)
  • Continue to research summer job opportunities, apply for jobs (and follow up on applications already submitted), and meet with your advisers in OCS and SJI to discuss your progress.
  • If you are interested in a career in academia, attend the weekly Careers in Law Teaching workshop.
  • If you plan to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in March, register by the January 24 deadline.
  • If you are considering public service or public interest law as a career, attend SJI’s Planning and Financing Your Public Interest Career series throughout the spring term.

Academics

  • Attend Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Information Session.
  • Keep an eye out for information about applying for externships, clinics, and other experiential learning opportunities offered in the fall term. (Applications will be due later in the spring term.)
  • If you are considering spending the fall term in Washington, D.C., as a part of the Externship on the Federal Government, attend the information session, then apply.
  • Apply for semester exchange or Amsterdam, Paris, or Oxford Global Alliance programs for the 3L fall or spring semester.

 Careers and Professional Development

  • If you are pursuing a public interest or government job in the summer, attend the Public Interest Legal Career (PILC) Fair to interview and table talk with potential employers.
  • Participate in On-Campus Interviews for 2Ls.
  • Register for and attend the Beyond the First Job program co-hosted by OCS and SJI.
  • If you are in the Human Rights Internship Program (HRIP), attend weekly trainings.
  • If you are considering public service or public interest law as a career, attend SJI’s Postgraduate Fellowships Overview, as several project-based fellowships have application deadlines in early September.
  • If you are interested in a career in academia, attend the weekly Careers in Law Teaching workshop.
  • Attend bar application information session.
  • Register for and attend the clerkships “OSCAR Party” and ensure that you are registered in OSCAR as soon after February 5 as possible. If you have not already done so, register your interest in clerking in Symplicity and meet with a clerkship adviser to begin discussing the application process.

Student Life

  • If you are on the board of a student organization, continue to attend working group lunches.

Academics

  • Attend the Experiential Learning Application Overview to learn about clinics, externships, and other experiential learning opportunities in the fall term. Attend individual practice area info sessions to learn more about these offerings. (Applications will be due later in the spring term.)
  • Attend other informational programs on upper-year courses.
  • Apply to serve on your journal’s editorial board. Review the Journal Credits Overview to learn about editorial board credit as well as other types of credit you may be able to earn in connection with your journal work.
  • Keep an eye out for communication regarding final exams.

Careers and Professional Development

  • If you are in the Human Rights Internship Program (HRIP), attend weekly trainings.
  • If you are considering public service or public interest law as a career, attend Moving Forward sessions.
  • If you plan to apply for postgraduate judicial clerkships this summer, check in with OJC, who will provide you with a Clerkships Welcome Pack to help you in the process.
  • If you are interested in a career in academia, attend the weekly Careers in Law Teaching workshop.
  • Consider using your spring break as an opportunity to meet with potential employers or network with alumni.

Student Life

  • If you are on the board of a student organization, continue to attend working group lunches.
  • Consider applying to be a Peer Mentor or Sexual Respect Initiative Facilitator for incoming students in the fall.

Academics

  • Apply for fall externships, clinics, and other experiential opportunities that will satisfy the experiential credit requirement.
  • If you are studying abroad during the following academic year, attend a mandatory pre-departure briefing.
  • If you are considering participating in the Pro Bono Scholars Program next year, attend the information session.

 Careers and Professional Development

  • If you are applying for postgraduate fellowships in the fall, work with SJ to identify a fellowship adviser to work with over the summer.
  • If you are headed to a firm, attend a panel on How to Succeed at Your Law Firm Summer.
  • If you are applying for postgraduate judicial clerkships, you must submit your Clerkship Application List to OJC no later than April 17.
  • If you are in the Human Rights Internship Program (HRIP), attend weekly trainings.
  • If you are receiving Guaranteed Summer Funding this summer, complete the needed paperwork.
  • If you are interested in a career in academia, attend the weekly Careers in Law Teaching workshop.

Academics

  • Focus on your exams.

 Careers and Professional Development

  • If you are a clerkship “Early Bird” applicant, your paper applications are due to OJC by Friday, May 22 at 4 p.m.

Academics

  • Pre-register for classes, meeting with your various advisers as needed as you plan your schedule.
  • Continue to think about how you might explore experiential learning opportunities as a 3L.
  • Reach out to professors about opportunities for serving as an RA or TF during your 2L summer or 3L year.

Careers and Professional Development

  • If you are applying for federal clerkships, judges will begin reviewing applications on June 15. If you receive an offer to interview with a judge, make an appointment with OJC to help with preparation.
  • Reach out to OCS or SJI if any issues arise with your summer job. Remember to keep a list of matters and clients for future conflict checks.
  • Complete a summer employment evaluation in Symplicity.
  • If you are participating in EIP, update your résumé and meet with your OCS adviser as you prepare your bid list.
  • Bid for EIP interviews.
  • Keep an eye out for emails about deadlines for Fall On-Campus Interviews (OCI), which can be quite early, and start to prepare to apply/bid.
  • If you are considering a career in law teaching, submit an abstract and paper for a September Moot Workshop by the corresponding summer deadlines.
  • If you are applying for government honors positions or public interest/service fellowships, schedule an appointment with your SJI adviser and begin working on your applications.
  • If you plan on taking the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in August, register by the June 13 deadline.

Student Life

  • Apply to be a Sexual Respect Initiative Facilitator and, if selected, note the required trainings.
  • Attend Social Justice Initiatives’ small networking events for students working in your city. Keep an eye out for invitations.
  • Start thinking about doing pro bono in the fall and exploring potential projects.