Law School and University Resources
This page provides a guide to services and resources available at both Columbia Law School and Columbia University.
Law School Resources
Career Services and Professional Development
The Office of Career Services and Professional Development offers individual career counseling related to the private sector and organizes interview programs that include both public and private sector employers. It also organizes panel discussions and other informational programs, and maintains relationships with other universities, legal employers, bar associations, and fellowship organizations.
Columbia Law School Writing Center
Writing is central to both legal practice and legal education. The Writing Center’s mission is to help students understand what it means to “write like a lawyer” and then become the strongest legal writers possible. Through individual meetings, small workshops, and written reference materials, the center strives to provide Columbia Law School students with tailored advice that takes into account the time and scheduling con- straints unique to law school.
Diamond Law Library
The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library provides a large number of services to faculty and students, including providing a professional environment for study and research, assistance in locating materials or information, and helping to obtain materials from non-Columbia libraries via interlibrary loan. The library staff assists patrons in identifying and obtaining materials held here in our collection, in other libraries, or in other formats such as electronic resources. Students in the J.D. program will be familiarized with the Library during the Legal Practice Workshop course in the first semester. Orientation to the Library is also included in the LL.M. program as part of the Legal Research and Writing course.
The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for evaluating applica- tions for grant assistance (J.D. students only); processing all LL.M. and J.D. student loan applications; counseling students on budgeting and how to manage the ever-increasing costs of legal education; certifying J.D. students for Federal Work-Study fund- ing, disbursing institutional grants, and stipends for all Law stu- dents; administering the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for J.D. graduates; and in general, helping students with matters relating to their financial aid and funding options.
The Department of Information Technology assists students with use of technology at the Law School, such as computer-based training, computer labs, network services, courseweb and LawNet, and Columbia Law School email support.
The Office of Registration Services is responsible for all aspects of Law School registration. It manages student academic records with the express purpose of facilitating completion of academic requirements and aiding in bar application certifica- tion. Many decisions concerning LL.M. candidates are made in consultation with either Dean Sylvia Polo or Jill Marden Casal in the Office of Graduate Legal Studies. The Office of Registration Services also acts as a liaison to central and other University offices and departments for academic records, and handles the following matters:
- Academic Calendar
- Academic Rules and Requirements
- Bar exam and Character and Fitness Committee certifications
- Columbia/NYU Exchange Program
- Coordination of multiple computer systems around campus
- Cross-registration for courses at other University divisions
- Curriculum scheduling
- Examination administration, anonymous grading system, proctor arrangements
- Graduation clearance
- Joint degree information and coordination
- Kent and Stone Honors
- Petitions to Rules Committee (to request a waiver of Rules)
- Registration processing and advising
- Requests for leave of absence or study at another U.S. law school
- Transcript updates and corrections
Social Justice Initiatives (SJI)
Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) is responsible for professional development, career services, and community building for Columbia Law School students interested in public interest, government, and legal volunteer work. It also oversees the academic externship program and the pro bono programs.
While the Office of Graduate Legal Studies provides academic and personal support to LL.M. and J.S.D. students, the Office of Student Services provides many services that are also useful to students in the Graduate Legal Studies program. Staffed by a team of student-focused professionals, the Office of Student Services is available to support students by offering academic and other counseling, working with student organizations and journals, planning programs and events, assisting students with housing, coordinating health and wellness programs, mentoring, and serving as a resource and sounding board for students as they navigate their way through Law School.
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Dodge Fitness Center
Use of the Dodge Fitness Center is free for all students via their semester student fee. You must have a valid student ID, with the correct term sticker, to take advantage of the facility.
Gender-Based Misconduct Office
Columbia University is committed to fostering an environment that is free from gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and all other forms of gender-based misconduct. The Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students is one part of the University’s multifaceted approach to eliminate gender-based misconduct from our community, which also includes educational programs; services and resources for those affected by gender-based misconduct; accessible, prompt, and fair methods of investigation and resolution of reports of misconduct; and protections designed to prevent against recurrence.
International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
The ISSO offers full advisory services for international students including information on visas, immigration-related matters, and comprehensive and up-to-date information on Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regulations that affect international students studying in the United States.
The University Ombuds Office is a place where all Columbia students, faculty, and other employees are welcome to come and talk in confidence about any concern. They support collaborative conflict resolution that fosters civility and mutual respect. This office supplements, but does not replace, the University’s formal channels for grievance investigation and adjudication.
Office of Work/Life
The Office of Work/Life facilitates many programs for graduate students and their families. Resources related to family and personal health insurance, child- and elder-care programs, and housing are among the many programs offered.
Student Financial Services
Student Financial Services (SFS) handles student accounts and billing, including third-party billing and tuition payment plans.
The University Registrar issues transcripts and diplomas for Columbia Law School students.
University Writing Center
The Writing Center provides writing support to undergraduate and graduate students. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, consultants offer feedback and strategies to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts.