J.D. Admitted Careers and Professional Development

The process of determining the path your legal career will take begins during your time in school. Columbia Law School has a team of administrators whose primary focus is to help develop and facilitate your employment aspirations, professional development, and goals.

At Columbia, there are four main departments that will assist you in your search for both summer and long-term employment. While there is constant collaboration across departments, each is tasked with a primary function.

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Public Interest and Public Service

Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) works with students who are interested in public interest opportunities, externships, and permanent positions within the nonprofit and government sectors.

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Private Sector

The Office of Career Services and Professional Development (OCS) assists students who wish to pursue a career within the private sector.

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Judicial Clerkships

The Office of Judicial Clerkships (OJC) helps students and alumni obtain some of the most coveted clerkship positions in the country.

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Academic Careers

Faculty members in the Careers in Law Teaching Program guide students through the process of pursuing careers in academia.

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Employment Statistics

Browse employment statistics for the Class of 2021 as of 10 months after graduation.

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