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:  
April 9 (12:10 – 1:10 p.m.) – JG 104

Open Enrollment:  
April 9 – 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. 

Application Deadline:  
April 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Acceptance Offers:  
April 26, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Acceptance Confirmation:  
April 29, 2019 by 12:00 p.m.

Apply for Experiential Credit

The application is live on LawNet.

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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.”