Whether students wish to serve through human rights or social justice advocacy, a career in government or at a nonprofit, or pro bono lawyering at a private firm, Columbia Law School provides a wealth of opportunities and expert guidance.
Our faculty members are renowned scholars with extensive experience in public interest and government service. They design courses and seminars that equip students with innovative approaches to advocate for social justice, as well as impart substantive knowledge of the law.
In addition to the robust curriculum, students have opportunities for fellowships, research, and hands-on work in public service. Columbia is home to important research centers, such as the Center for Public Research and Leadership, highly regarded academic journals like the Human Rights Law Review, and pro bono initiatives. Student organizations help the community flourish by hosting service projects and events and coordinating mentoring programs.