3L Roadmap

A seasonal snapshot of many of the key things to know and do during 3L year.

  • Engage with all of the resources available to you, from health and wellness programming to academic advising services to mock interview programs. 
  • Students who wish to take the NYLE in December must register 30 days before the exam date, and students seeking accommodations must register 90 days before the applicable exam date.  At the moment, applications must also be notarized.  
  • Continue to meet with your career advisers in OCS, SJI and OJC to navigate postgraduate job applications and offers. Apply for Fall OCI if appropriate. (Both public and private sector employers will participate.)
  • If you secured a postgraduate judicial clerkship, apply to be a Clerkship Peer Mentor. If you plan to apply anew or again, register as "Clerkship Search Active" in Symplicity and meet with a clerkship adviser.
  • If you are applying for government honors programs, do so by the deadlines. (Some are as early as Labor Day.)
  • If you are applying for public interest fellowships, do so by the deadlines. (Some are due in the fall).
  • Reach out to professors about opportunities for serving as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Fellow (TF) in the spring semester.
  • Make note of the deadline to register for Major Writing Credit.
  • Check to make sure that you are set to have the required number of experiential credits to graduate.
  • If you are due to graduate in May, apply for the May degree by the deadline.
  • Get involved in pro bono projects that will help you develop professionally and provide much-needed assistance to a broad range of organizations and communities. Make sure to register your hours promptly.
  • After consulting with your academic and career advisers, pre-register for spring classes.
  • Keep an eye out for information about bar exam registration and preparation courses, as well as the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and New York Law Exam (NYLE).
  • Prepare for your final exams, leveraging the guidance and support provided by study groups and academic advisers.
  • Several Columbia-funded fellowships have application deadlines in the spring. Review SJI’s online fellowship materials for specific dates, meet with an adviser, and plan accordingly.
  • Take advantage of counseling hours and check out other Law School and university-sponsored wellness programs.
  • Consider engaging in a pro bono project and register your hours promptly.
  • Relax and recharge for spring!
  • Participate in Spring OCI (OCS and SJI).
  • Students who wish to take the NYLE in March must register 30 days before the exam date, and students seeking accommodations must register 90 days before the applicable exam date.  At the moment, applications must also be notarized.
  • Attend the mandatory JD graduation information session, vote for the JD graduation speaker, and consider joining the Class Gift Committee.
  • If you are considering public service or public interest law as a career, reach out to SJI for resources on planning and financing your career. Meet with the Financial Aid Office about LRAP as applicable. Apply for Public Service Bridge Loan.
  • Make note of the deadline to register for Minor Writing Credit.
  • If you are applying for postgraduate judicial clerkships, reach out to OJC.
  • Register your pro bono hours.
  • Complete the Graduate Employment Survey.
  • Keep an eye out for information and resources on bar exam prep, character and fitness, and other bar-related concerns.
  • Attend graduation orientation, complete needed graduation requirements, and vote for your speakers.
  • Enjoy your graduation!
  • If you are taking the bar exam, focus on studying.
  • Continue to take advantage of career advising resources for public interest and private sector jobs and judicial clerkships as you forge your career path. 
  • Apply for LRAP as applicable. Consider applying for an Enhanced LRAP Fellowship.
  • If you have great job openings at your organization, agency, judicial chambers, or firm, please share them with OCS, OJC, or SJI.
  • Keep in touch!