Sitting First Chair: Clinics at Columbia Law School

A core part of Columbia Law’s experiential learning offerings, clinics allow law students to integrate theory and practice while working directly with clients. 

The work in Columbia Law’s clinics ranges from criminal justice to intellectual property to immigrants’ rights, but in each clinic, law students take ownership of a client’s issue. With support from faculty and classmates, clinic students determine research, set strategy, and learn to navigate client relationships. 

“One of my firm beliefs is every single [Columbia] law student should take a clinic. And that's because the range of what we teach across our clinics, but also within each clinic, is both broad and deep.” —Colleen F. Shanahan, Clinical Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Experiential Education