Have sufficient experiential credits remaining to fulfill the ABA and Columbia requirements for graduation. At least 64 of the 83 credits required for graduation must represent regularly scheduled class sessions. Clinic credits do not count against the 19-credit cap but externship field credits do.
Students who have taken clinics or other externships or received academic credit for supervised research, law review, moot court or other nonresidential classroom activities should make sure that they will have the necessary credits to graduate if they participate in the PBSP. Prior to applying, students should review Rule 1.1 of the Columbia Law School Rules for the JD Degree (http://www.law.columbia.edu/academics/rules/jd-rules/course-of-studies) and meet or have a phone conversation with Joel Kosman, Director of Academic Counseling and Student Organizations.
Have registered for (and preferably completed) the Major Writing requirement. All 3Ls must register for the Major Writing by the close of Add/Drop in their penultimate term; and submit a first draft by February 1 and a final draft by April 1 of their last term (slight date adjustments for off-cycle grads). Scholars will not have much time during the PBSP to work on Major Writing. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their Major Writing requirement in the Fall 2019 semester.
Have met with someone in the Financial Aid Office if they are receiving financial aid. It will be necessary to adjust a Scholar’s package so that is it is awarded for the period March 2-May 22, 2020, rather than for January and February 2020, when they will not be enrolled in Law School classes. The Financial Aid Office will not be able to disperse funds to Scholars earlier than 10 days before March 2. They will need to plan for January and February expenses and can apply for a bar loan to do so. Scholars can apply for a bar loan anytime in the first semester of their 3L year, and can use these funds to pay for a bar course and for the bar prep period.
Have already completed the required Professional Responsibility credits by the end of the first semester of 3L year. It is necessary to complete the Professional Responsibility credits by the beginning of the PBSP program because the program requirements prevent students from taking any concurrent courses.