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Transfer Orientation

Welcome, Transfer Class of 2023!

Eager to start making connections? As you begin your transition to Columbia Law School, you will be paired with a 3L transfer mentor—courtesy of the Transfer and Visiting Student Organization (TVSO)—who can help you navigate upcoming deadlines and the rest of your 2L year. You will also be able to meet fellow transfers at informal events hosted by TVSO, the first of which will directly follow orientation.

In the coming weeks, you will receive messages from the career offices at the Law School and access to the career database, Symplicity. Columbia Law has three dedicated career offices:

  • Social Justice Initiatives, which focuses on students interested in public interest and government careers and manages our pro bono requirement
  • Office of Judicial Clerkships, which assists students in preparing for judicial clerkships and careers in the judiciary
  • Office of Career Services, which prepares students for careers in the private sector, including global law firms, corporate legal departments and investment banking and consulting firms.

You are welcome to participate in drop in hours for any career office during Transfer Orientation or to make an individual appointment with a counselor.

Public Interest Careers and Judicial Clerkships

You will be eligible to participate in the Fall On Campus Interview program, which will include public interest and government employers for your class year.  You will be able to submit your materials for Fall OCI through Symplicity and interviews will be hosted in mid-September. 

For questions pertaining to public sector employment and resume and application materials, visit the Social Justice Initiatives' website.

Columbia Law School participates in the judicial clerk hiring plan. OJC hosts extensive programming in the Fall and Spring to prepare students to apply for judicial clerkships following the second semester of their 2L year.  For questions pertaining to judicial clerkships, visit the OJC website.

Private Sector Careers

Like many other schools, Columbia Law School has moved its principal private sector interview program to January, which will now be known as the Winter Interview Program (formerly EIP).  Programming to prepare all 2L students for the Winter Interview Program will be scheduled for the Fall semester.

For questions pertaining to private sector employment, visit the Office of Career Services' website.

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Keep track of key dates and deadlines.

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2021 Orientation Schedule

Check back in July for the orientation schedule.

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Financial Aid

Browse the Law School’s wide array of financial aid resources. 

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Enrich your law school experience by participating in a student journal.

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Student Life

Explore 80-plus student organizations and extracurricular activities—plus all the support and resources you’ll need. 

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Diversity and Inclusion

Read more about Columbia Law School’s commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive community.

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Experiential Learning

Gain real-world legal experience by participating in a clinic, externship, simulation, policy lab, or Moot Court.

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Career Opportunities

Discover the wide range of career paths you can pursue at Columbia Law School.

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Find answers to questions about tech access, logins, housing, health insurance, transcripts, and more.