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LL.M. Roadmap

A month-by-month snapshot of many of the key things to know and do during your time at Columbia Law School.

 The LL.M. Year at a Glance

Orientation

  • Welcome! During your orientation program, explore the workshops, panels, and social events on the calendar. Watch for emails from Graduate Legal Studies (GLS) notifying you of upcoming events.

 Academics

  • Make an appointment with your academic adviser in GLS. 
  • As you work to finalize your schedule, take advantage of the Add/Drop period to visit classes you may be interested in taking.
  • Prepare for your IAL final exam, which will be administered on October 16. The format of the exam may resemble the exams you will encounter in December.
  • If you are completing your LL.M. Writing Project in the fall term, submit the LL.M. Writing Project Registration Form by the deadline.

Careers and Professional Development

  • If you are seeking a post-LL.M. job, attend introductory programs offered by the Office of Career Services and Professional Development (OCS); the private sector careers office; and Social Justice Initiatives (SJI), the public interest, government, and international human rights careers office.
  • If you plan to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in 2020, register by the deadline.
  • If you plan to sit for the New York Bar Exam in July 2021, request Advance Evaluation of Eligibility by the deadline. Refer to Rule 520.6 of the Board of Law Examiners if you have questions.

Student Life

  • Take advantage of the numerous programs and events available to you.
  • Consider participating in pro bono work, particularly if you are planning to take the New York bar exam and need to fulfill the 50-hour pro bono requirement.
  • Vote to elect your LL.M. Student Senate Representatives. Better yet, consider running for a seat! Twelve LL.M. reps are elected to the senate.

Academics

  • Contact professors to explore opportunities for serving as a Research Assistant (RA) or pursuing supervised research during the spring semester.
  • Attend the Experiential Learning Application Overview to learn about clinics, externships, and other experiential learning opportunities in the spring term. (Applications will be due later in October.)
  • If you are completing your LL.M. Writing Project in the fall term, register it by the deadline via the LL.M. Writing Project Registration Form.

Careers

  • If you are interested in working in the private sector, attend the Office of Career Services’ Overseas-Trained LL.M. Interview Program Orientation to learn about the LL.M. Job Fair in the spring.

Student Life

  • Practice self-care and attend university-sponsored programs on resilience, time management, and other wellness topics. Take advantage of the counseling services we offer.
  • Celebrate Halloween on October 31. Take lots of photos of costumes and decorations throughout the city!

Academics

  • Pre-register for the spring term. To prepare, review your responses to the My Columbia LL.M. Personal Development questionnaire you completed over the summer and meet with your adviser in Graduate Legal Studies.
  • Contact professors to explore opportunities for serving as a Research Assistant (RA) or pursuing supervised research during the spring semester.
  • Begin outlining and preparing for exams and consider joining a study group and/or attending workshops on study methods.
  • Submit your degree application by the deadline. (All students graduating in May must officially apply to graduate.)

Careers

  • If you are seeking a position in public interest after the LL.M., register for the Public Interest Legal Career (PILC) Fair in the spring. Work with career advisers in SJI to prepare your application and hone your interviewing skills.

Student Life

  • Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday! 

Academics

Student Life

  • Enjoy winter break!

Academics

  • As you work to finalize your schedule, take advantage of the Add/Drop period to visit classes you may be interested in taking. 
  • If you are completing your LL.M. Writing Project during the spring term, you must register it by completing the LL.M. Writing Project Registration Form.
  • If you would like feedback on your fall term exam performance, make appointments to meet with your professors.

Careers

  • If you are pursuing public interest opportunities after graduation, continue reaching out to potential host organizations and drafting fellowship applications, utilizing SJI's public interest career advising services as needed.
  • The LL.M. Job Fair takes place in the spring. Consult with OCS if you plan to participate and have any questions.
  • If you are interested in a career in academia, attend the weekly Careers in Law Teaching workshop offered throughout the term.
  • If you plan to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in the spring, register by the deadline.

Academics

  • If you are completing your LL.M. Writing Project during the spring term, register it by the deadline.
  • Attend the mandatory LL.M. graduation information session, vote for the LL.M. graduation speaker, and consider joining the Class Gift Committee.

Careers

  • If you are participating in the Public Interest Legal Career (PILC) Fair, meet with an adviser in SJI. (The deadline to apply for interviews may have passed, but you can still register to attend the fair and speak informally with employers at their tables.)

Careers

  • Continue to take advantage of career advising services offered by OCS (private sector) and SJI (public interest, government, and human rights).

Student Life

  • Enjoy your Spring Break
  • Attend the Law Revue musical comedy cabaret and support your fellow student performers.

Academics

  • Continue outlining and preparing for exams, and consider joining a study group and/or attending workshops on study methods.

Careers

  • If you plan to take the New York Bar Exam in July, be sure to apply by the deadline.

Student Life

  • Keep an eye out for information about major spring events.

Academics

  • Focus on your exams and take good care of yourself. The university offers wellness programs and counseling services if you need them.
  • Enjoy graduation, University Commencement, and other celebratory events. Congratulations!

Careers

  • Continue to take advantage of career advising services offered by OCS (private sector) and SJI (public interest, government, and human rights), which are still available after you graduate. And be sure to keep us updated on your successes!