August

August

Orientation

Welcome! During your three-week Orientation program, check out the many workshops, panels, and social events on the calendar, and attend as many as you wish. Watch for emails from Graduate Legal Studies (GLS) notifying you of upcoming events.

Academics

Make an appointment with your academic advisor in GLS. Please note that you are required to attend one academic advising session in August, but are welcome to continue to meet with GLS throughout the year.

September

September

Academics

As you work to finalize your schedule, take advantage of the Add/Drop period to visit classes you may be interested in taking.

Prepare for your IAL final exam, which will be administered on Sept. 20. The format of the exam may resemble the exams you will encounter in December.

If you are completing your LL.M. Writing Project in the fall term, register it by Oct. 1 by completing the LL.M. Writing Project Registration Form.

Careers

If you are seeking a post-LL.M. job, attend introductory programs offered by the Office of Career Services (OCS) - the private sector careers office - and Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) - the public interest, government, and international human rights careers office.

If you plan to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) on Nov. 9, register by the Sept. 19 deadline.

If you plan to sit for the New York Bar Exam in July 2020, request Advance Evaluation of Eligibility no later than Oct. 1. Refer to Rule 520.6 of the Board of Law Examiners if you have questions.

Student Life

Take advantage of the robust programs and events that are available to you.

Consider participating in pro bono work, particularly if you are planning to take the New York bar exam and need to fulfill the 50-hour pro bono requirement.

Vote to elect your LL.M. Student Senate Representatives. Better yet, consider running for a seat! There will be twelve LL.M. reps elected to the Senate.

October

October

Academics

Contact professors to explore opportunities for serving as a Research Assistant (“RA”) or pursuing supervised research during the spring semester.

Attend the Experiential Learning Application Overview to learn about clinics, externships, and other experiential learning opportunities in the spring term. (Applications will be due later in October.)

If you are completing your LL.M. Writing Project in the fall term, register it by Oct. 1 by completing the LL.M. Writing Project Registration Form.

Careers

If you are interested in working in the private sector, attend the Office of Career Services' Overseas-Trained LL.M. Interview Program Orientation to learn about the LL.M. Job Fair in January.

Student Life

Practice self-care and take advantage of programs offered on resilience, time management, and other wellness topics. Take advantage of counseling services that are offered by the University.

Celebrate Halloween, a quintessential American holiday, on Oct. 31. Take lots of photos!

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

November

November

Academics

Pre-register for the spring term and the January 1-credit elective term ("J-term"). In preparation, review your responses to the My Columbia LL.M. Personal Development questionnaire you completed over the summer and meet with your advisor in Graduate Legal Studies.

Contact professors to explore opportunities for serving as a Research Assistant (“RA”) or pursuing supervised research during the spring semester.

Begin outlining and preparing for exams, and consider joining a study group and/or attending workshops on study methods.

Submit your degree application by the Dec. 1 deadline. (All students graduating in May must officially apply to graduate.)

Careers

If you are seeking a position in public interest after the LL.M., register for the Public Interest Legal Career (PILC) Fair in the spring. (Deadline is Dec. 1.) Work with career advisors in Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) to prepare your application and hone your interviewing skills.

Student Life

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday! We recommend checking out the Macy's Day Parade.

December

December

Academics

Focus on your exams and take advantage of wellness programs and counseling services offered by the University.

Student Life

Enjoy winter break!

January

January

Academics

As you work to finalize your schedule, take advantage of the Add/Drop period to visit classes you may be interested in taking. 

If you are completing your LL.M. Writing Project during the spring term, you must register it no later than Feb. 1 by completing the LL.M. Writing Project Registration Form.

If you would like feedback on your fall term exam performance, make appointments to meet with your professor(s).

Careers

If you are pursuing public interest opportunities after graduation, continue reaching out to potential host organizations and drafting fellowship applications, taking advantage of SJI's public interest career advising services as needed.

The LL.M. Job Fair takes place in late January. Consult with OCS if you plan to participate and have any questions.

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

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

February

February

Academics

If you are completing your LL.M. Writing Project during the spring term, register it by Feb. 1.

Attend the mandatory LL.M. graduation information session, vote for the LL.M. graduation speaker, and consider joining the Class Gift Committee.

Careers

If you are participating in the Public Interest Legal Career (PILC) Fair, meet with an advisor in SJI. (The deadline to apply for interviews was Dec. 1, but you can still register to attend the Fair and speak informally with employers at their tables.)

March

March

Careers

Continue to take advantage of career advising services offered by OCS (private sector) and SJI (public interest, government and human rights).

Student Life

Enjoy your Spring Break. If you are participating in a Spring Break Pro Bono Caravan, take lots of photos!

Attend the Law Revue musical comedy cabaret and support your fellow student performers.

April

April

Academics

Continue outlining and preparing for exams, and consider joining a study group and/or attending workshops on study methods.

Careers

If you plan to take the New York Bar Exam in July, you must apply between Apr. 1-30.

Student Life

Keep an eye out for information about major spring events including Dean's Cup (an annual basketball game against NYU Law), Graduation Kick-Off, and Barrister's Ball, the student formal event of the year.

May

May

Academics

Focus on your exams and take good care of yourself. The University offers wellness programs and counseling services, should you want to take advantage of them.

Enjoy graduation, University Commencement, and other celebratory events. Congratulations!

Careers

Continue to take advantage of career advising services offered by OCS (private sector) and SJI (public interest, government and human rights), which are available to you throughout your career. And be sure to keep us up-to-date on your successes!

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