Experiential Learning

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

Beginning with the Class of 2019, American Bar Association standards require that every J.D. student earn at least six experiential credits in order to graduate. 

Requirements

Beginning with the Class of 2019, J.D. students need six credits of experiential education to graduate.

Clinics, the D.C. externship, Neighborhood Defender Service Community Defense Externship 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.” 

Timeline

Experiential Application Overview:  October 10 (12:30-2:00pm) – JG 107

Open Table:  October 15 (12:15-1:15pm) – JG East & West Lobby

Open Enrollment:  October 10 – 16, 2018. 

Application Deadline:  October 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Acceptance Offers:  October 23, 2018 by 5:00pm

Acceptance Confirmation:  October 24, 2018 by 12:00 p.m.

Apply

The Spring 2019 application is now closed. 

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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.”

BRETT DIGNAM, VICE DEAN FOR EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION