August

August

Academics

Take advantage of the Add/Drop period and of the academic advising provided by Student Services as you choose your courses.

Submit your classroom seating requests in Lawnet.

If you are submitting a paper for a Moot Workshop, do so by the deadline.

Careers and Professional Development

If you plan on taking the New York Law Exam (NYLE) on Sept. 26, complete the New York Law Course online and register for the NYLE by the Aug. 27 deadline.

Apply/bid for Fall On-Campus Interviews (OCI), keeping in mind that most public sector employers have mid-August application deadlines. (Both public and private sector employers will participate.)

If you are participating in the Early Interview Program (EIP), attend and see the Office of Career Services (OCS) for counseling on callbacks and offer acceptance/deferral. If you have accepted a clerkship, seek advice on how to communicate this to your 2L summer employer.

If you are applying for postgrad government honors programs, postgrad fellowships or public interest jobs (including Columbia Postgraduate Fellowships), meet with an advisor in SJI.

If you secured a postgraduate judicial clerkship, apply to be a Clerkship Peer Mentor. If you plan to apply anew or again, register as "Clerkship Search Active" in Symplicity and meet with a clerkship advisor.

If you are considering entering the law teaching market this year or in the future, reach out to the Careers in Law Teaching Program for assistance in preparing your Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) application, and register for the fall AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference (held in October).

Student Life

If you signed up to be a Peer Mentor or Sexual Respect Initiative Facilitator, attend the relevant meetings and programs.

September

September

Academics

Add/Drop as needed before the period ends, and make note of your final schedule, including exams.

If you will be serving on your journal’s Editorial Board, review the Journal Credits Overview to learn about the credit you may earn in connection with this work, as well as other types of journal-related credit.

If you are considering spending the spring term in Washington, D.C. as a part of the Externship on the Federal Government, attend the information session and apply.

Make note of the deadline to register for Major Writing Credit, which will be September 16.

Attend the Global @ CLS information session about the wealth of international opportunities at Columbia Law School.

Careers and Professional Development

Attend SJI Mondays and other practitioner events.

Participate in the fall On-Campus Interview program for public and private sector postgraduate jobs.

If you are applying for government Honors programs, do so by the deadlines. (Some are as early as Labor Day.)

Attend Clerkships Pipeline Project programs and other judicial events and lectures.

If you plan on taking the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in November, register by the Sept. 19 deadline.

Continue to meet with your career advisors in OCS, OJC and SJI to navigate postgrad job and fellowship applications and offers.

Student Life

Get involved in a pro bono project.

If you are graduating in October, register your pro bono hours in Lawnet by Sept. 15.

October

October

Academics

Begin to plan for spring courses by attending faculty-led panels, student-to-student info sessions, and faculty office hours, and meeting with your advisors in Student Services, OCS, OJC and SJI. (Make appointments via Symplicity.)

Attend the Experiential Learning Application Overview to learn about clinics, externships, and other experiential learning opportunities in the spring term. Attend individual practice area info sessions to learn more about these offerings. (Applications will be due later in the month.)

Careers and Professional Development

Attend Clerkships Pipeline Project programs and other judicial events and lectures.

Student Life

Attend the information session about Spring Break Pro Bono Caravans to learn about exciting public service opportunities both in the United States and abroad.

November

November

Academics

Preregister for spring classes and the January term.

Keep an eye out for emails from Registration Services regarding fall exams. Take note of the deadline to reschedule exams.

Reach out to professors about opportunities for serving as a Research Assistant (“RA”) or Teaching Fellow (“TF”) during the Spring semester.

If you are due to graduate in May, apply for the May degree.

Careers and Professional Development

If you plan on taking the New York Law Exam (NYLE) on Dec. 19, complete the New York Law Course online and register for the NYLE by the Nov. 19 deadline.

Register for and attend the “Beyond the First Job” program co-hosted by OCS and SJI.

Participate in the On-Campus Interview program with employers hiring for postgrad positions.

Attend Bar Application Information Session.

If you plan on taking the February Uniform Bar Exam in New York, register by the November 30 deadline.

Student Life

Apply to participate in a Spring Break Pro Bono Caravan by the deadline.

December

December

Academics

Focus on your exams, meeting with your academic advisor as needed regarding exam prep.

Careers and Professional Development

Several Columbia-funded fellowships have application deadlines in the spring. Meet with an SJI advisor, review SJI’s online fellowship materials for specific dates, and plan accordingly.

Student Life

Take advantage of counseling hoursand check out other Law School and University-sponsored wellness programs.

January

January

Academics

Add/Drop as needed, and take note of your final schedule, including exams.

Make note of the deadline to register for Minor Writing Credit, which is February 3.

Submit your classroom seating requests in Lawnet.

Pick up your fall term exams, and take advantage of your professors' posted office hours if you need to discuss them.

Careers and Professional Development

Keep an eye out for information from Student Services on bar exam application deadlines.

If you plan to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in March, register by the January 24 deadline.

If you are considering applying for clerkships now, make an appointment with OJC to learn about the application process.

If you are interested in a career in academia, attend the weekly Careers in Law Teaching workshop.

If you are considering public service or public interest law as a career, attend SJI’s Planning and Financing Your Public Interest Career series throughout the spring term.

Apply to be a Parker Fellow at the International Court of Justice (must have thorough command of French, among other things).  

Participate in the spring On-Campus Interview program (OCS & SJI).

Student Life

If you are graduating in February, submit your pro bono hours in Lawnet by Jan. 15.

February

February

Careers and Professional Development

Complete the Graduate Employment Survey in Symplicity.

If you plan to take the New York Law Exam (NYLE) in March, complete the New York Law Course online and register for the NYLE by the February deadline.

Attend info sessions on bar exam prep, character and fitness, and other bar-related concerns.

If you are interested in a career in academia, attend the weekly Careers in Law Teaching workshop.

Student Life

Fulfill your 40-hour pro bono requirement and submit your hours by the March 1 deadline (with the exception of Spring Break Caravans or preregistered spring break projects).

Attend graduation orientation.

Vote for student graduation speakers.

March

March

Academics

Watch out for emails regarding graduation requirements.

Keep an eye out for communication regarding final exams.

Careers and Professional Development

Complete the Graduate Employment Survey in Symplicity if you have not done so already.

If you are entering public service or public interest, attend the information sessions about postgraduate life hosted by SJI.

If you are considering a career in the private sector, attend the Transition to Practice Workshop hosted by OCS and the Davis Polk Leadership Initiative.

Student Life

Take advantage of University-offered wellness programs.

April

April

Academics

Continue to be mindful of communications regarding graduation requirements, and meet with academic advisors in Student Services as needed.

Careers and Professional Development

Complete the Graduate Employment Survey in Symplicity if you have not done so already.

If you are taking the New York Bar Exam, attend a Handwriting Sample Session.

If you plan on taking the July Uniform Bar Exam in New York, register by the April 30 deadline.

May

May

Academics

Focus on your exams.

Enjoy graduation - you earned it.

Careers and Professional Development

If you plan to take the New York Law Exam (NYLE) in June, complete the New York Law Course online and register for the NYLE by the May deadline.

Keep an eye out for relevant deadlines and information about clerkships from OJC.

After Graduation

After Graduation

Careers and Professional Development

Study for the Bar.

If you are working in public interest or government in New York City or Washington, D.C., attend SJI’s summer networking events.

If you want to keep tabs on grad news from SJI, sign up for their grad newsletter.

If you are interested in clerking, make an appointment with the Clerkships office.

Consider being a mentor to a law student, or coming back to campus to speak on a panel or meet with students.

If you have great job openings at your organization, agency, judicial chambers or firm, please share them with OCS, OJC or SJI.

Let OCS or SJI know if you switch jobs or need help transitioning in your career – they can provide resources and support throughout your career.

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