Application Procedure and Schedule
Applications must be received no later than Friday, August 16, 2019.
Applications must be e-mailed as a single PDF file to both Professor Spinak ([email protected]) and Ms. Kraham ([email protected]) with a cc to Michelle Ellis ([email protected]). Each application will be acknowledged upon receipt. If your application has not been acknowledged within 24 hours (or on the Monday after a weekend), please email Ms. Ellis to confirm receipt.
The application consists of one PDF document containing, in this order:
An application form
A current resume
A personal statement of no more than five double-spaced pages that includes discussion of:
The applicant’s reasons for wanting to participate in the PBSP, particularly around issues of professional development and identity as well as public service. This should include the applicant’s ideas about what type of externship placement the applicant would like to consider and may include a discussion of a specific placement at a LEAP organization or another potential placement.
The applicant’s readiness for the PBSP, with particular attention to previous life and work experiences, law school classes and activities, and other relevant preparation; and
Interest in pursuing a public interest or service career or committing to substantial pro bono service while working in the private sector.
A copy of the applicant’s Columbia Law School transcript (unofficial transcript from Lawnet is acceptable).
Selection will be based upon the candidate’s:
Statement of interest in and learning goals for the externship, including all of the components listed above for the personal statement;
Preparation through classes, employment or other activities or experiences for shouldering this significant obligation;
Skill set and demonstrated professional responsibility readiness.
Following discussions with and/or interviews with Professor Spinak and, in some cases, Ms. Kraham, will determine whether the applicant is ready for the PBSP. Applicants must be available in late August or the first week of September for an interview and discussion of preferred host organizations. Applying for the program alone will not guarantee acceptance. If an applicant is not accepted, Professor Spinak and Ms. Kraham will discuss with the applicant their recommendations for other experiences for the applicant to pursue during the 3L year.
Application and Selection Schedule
Friday, August 16
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Monday, August 26 –
Tuesday, September 5
Final Interviews and discussions of preferred host organizations
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Tuesday, September 10
All applicants informed of their status (accepted, on the wait list,
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For more information, contact Professor Spinak and/or Ms. Kraham by email.