Columbia Law School offers more than a dozen simulation courses that give students the opportunity to tackle hypothetical, real-world legal challenges in the classroom.
Upper-level students can enroll in advanced simulation courses that expand on earlier lessons or delve deeper into a specific practice area. For instance, in Law and Theatre, students draft the contracts necessary to mount a Broadway show. In the popular Deals Workshops, students learn how to structure complicated financial transactions, often using real-life deals as a starting point. In litigation- based simulations, students learn to examine witnesses, introduce evidence, and present oral arguments. And in simulations that bring transactional matters to life, students learn to interview and counsel clients, negotiate between disputing parties, and draft contracts. Through such simulation courses, students step into the role of lawyer and develop the foundational skills they will need to thrive in any aspect of the legal profession.
ADDITIONAL TOPICS INCLUDE: Environmental issues in business transactions; entrepreneurship; real estate transactions; bankruptcy; international commercial arbitration; technology and venture
You can generate a list of simulation courses by entering the Curriculum Guide and filtering for “Course Types: Simulations” and “Additional Attributes: Experiential.”
Increasingly, lawyers are called upon to solve exceptionally complex public problems and lead change through collaboration with professionals and stakeholders from many different disciplines and communities and to link traditional lawyering skills with other forms of knowledge and expertise.
Columbia Law School’s innovative Policy Labs prepare our graduates to thrive in these settings. Policy Labs combine cutting-edge theory with hands-on learning, policy, and practice; litigation and transactional work; seminar-style, larger-class, and small-group settings; and live client as well as simulation experiences. They enable law students to work in teams with each other, with professionals from other fields, and with the communities they serve. Students work and learn together with faculty, advocates, government officials, and community leaders who have joined together to solve challenging problems that require ongoing learning and a wide range of expertise.
Current Policy Lab Offerings
Structural Change in Public Education is an immersive full-semester program bringing together graduate and professional students from around the country to study and gain hands-on experience helping public education systems achieve the systemic legal and policy change needed to improve educational equity in the US and Brazil. For more information, visit our website.
Lawyer Leadership: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Change course promotes effective leadership by helping students to understand themselves and their impact on others, to work effectively in groups, to interact across difference, to navigate uncertainty and changing legal environments, and to advance change. For more information, visit the class blog.
Empirical Legal Studies Lab, a laboratory for intensive legal research, is a faculty-student research partnership designed to conduct data-intensive law or practice-related investigations, develop specialized technical skills, and produce original scholarship. For information about application procedure, email Professor Fagan at [email protected].
Courses tagged experiential credit can be found in the Curriculum Guide.