Columbia Law School students may propose their own independent single-semester programs of study at a foreign school not on this list earn up to 13 credits towards their J.D. degree. Approval is contingent on, among other things, an assessment of the foreign school’s academic standing and administrative capacity; the availability of places in comparable programs already offered by CLS; and a compelling argument for the value of the experience within a student’s overall academic trajectory.
Studying abroad on an independent basis requires significant additional administrative legwork on the part of the student and must meet various criteria and be approved by the Office of International Programs. Planning for this option should thus begin as early as possible, as students assume much greater responsibility than normal for the successful design and completion of their program of study.
Students applying to independent programs must follow a two-part application process. They must first complete a special Independent Program Addendum, which may require substantial research by the student, and email it to [email protected] no later than February 1 of the academic year prior to that in which they wish to study overseas. Students should then follow the same online application process during the month of February for study abroad.