Columbia Law Introduces Six New J-Term Courses for 2024
The annual one-week January Term allows for a deep dive into critical areas of law that students might not otherwise explore as part of their regular course of study.
For January Term 2024, which runs from January 8 to 12, Columbia Law School is offering intensive, one-week, one-credit courses that provide an in-depth look at topics such as comparative antitrust law, reproductive rights law, and negotiating international climate agreements. Six of the 11 courses for 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s are new (see below). “We’ve added several courses for students interested in public service and public interest lawyering,” says Matthew C. Waxman, Liviu Librescu Professor of Law, who oversees the J-Term curriculum. “It is a wide and exciting selection of classes that touch on many critical areas of law.”
J-Term courses are offered as credit/fail and taught by full-time professors as well as lecturers in law, leading practitioners in their fields whose careers often preclude committing to teach a full-semester course at the Law School. “We love having these experts, many of whom are alumni, spend a week with our students,” says Waxman.
Launched in 2018, J-Term is pedagogically invigorating for students and faculty. “We get to meet without distractions from other coursework for four or five days,” Waxman says. “J-Term classes allow for continuous discussion as students and faculty become deeply invested in our topics and each other.” Explore a full list of J-Term courses, including foundational courses for 1Ls.