Columbia Law School participates in New York State's Pro Bono Scholars Program (PBSP). PBSP gives students the opportunity to combine full-time work in a public interest legal office with an innovative course focusing on the development of professional identity and values. Pro Bono Scholars earn 12 credits, which satisfy their experiential learning requirement and their pro bono hours, all in their last semester of their 3L year. Pro Bono Scholars sit for the February 2022 Bar Examination and, upon successful passage, gain early admission to the New York Bar in the summer following graduation. CLS graduates receive their diploma/graduate certification on June 30, 2022 and so can be sworn into the bar as early as July 2022.
There will be a rolling admissions schedule this year. The final deadline for applications is Sunday, August 1. Students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible; this will increase the availability of placement opportunities once a student has been accepted. There can be limited placement opportunities given that students from many schools are applying for positions so the sooner the better.
Please visit the Pro Bono Scholars website for more information about the program.