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Experiential Learning


Experiential learning is a fundamental way Columbia Law School trains students to become effective, ethical lawyers. 


How to Satisfy Experiential Credit


J.D. students need six credits of experiential education to graduate.

Clinics, the D.C. externship, Neighborhood Defender Service Community Defense Externship, Lawyering for Social Justice (Pro Bono Scholars Program), and the Public Education Policy Seminar and Practicum fully satisfy the requirement. 

All other externships provide four or five credits. 

Simulations and policy labs provide a range of credits.

Browse the online curriculum guide for courses tagged “experiential.” 


Experiential Application Overview:  
An email will be sent out with information about the application process. 

Open Enrollment:  
March 30 - April 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. 

Application Deadline:  
April 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Acceptance Offers:  
April 28, 2020 

Acceptance Confirmation:  
April 30, 2020 by 12:00 p.m.

Apply for Experiential Credit

Apply Here!

Fall 2020 Experiential Learning Handbook (descriptions and important information of all the clinics, externships, practicum, labs, and simulation courses that will be offered)

Click Here to watch the Experiential Learning Apllication Overview

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“Our goal is to infuse experiential education into every piece of the curriculum. Engaged experiential learning is central to legal education in the 21st century, and we should do all that we can to support and encourage it.”