Peer Mentoring Programs
Student Services sponsors a First-Year Peer Mentoring Program and co-sponsors the Transfer Student Mentoring Program. These programs are a great opportunity for our new students to meet upper-level students and hear their advice about Columbia Law school, our faculty and classes, student organizations, jobs, living in New York, and other issues that impact law students.
First-Year Peer Mentoring Program
The Peer Mentoring Program is one of the easiest ways for first-years to learn their way around Columbia Law School. This year-long program provides first-year students with the opportunity to have fun and get advice from 2Ls and 3Ls about navigating their first year in law school (and maybe their first year living in New York)!
We automatically match all of the first-year students with a Peer Mentor, whom they meet during the 1L Fall Orientation.
Working together, Student Services and Peer Mentors plan various outings and events throughout the year to help welcome first-year students, build strong student relationships, and create a more inclusive community. Our past events have included:
- Monthly coffee breaks for first-year students, their Peer Mentors, and their advisors from Student Services, the Office of Career Services, and Social Justice Initiatives.
- Small study breaks organized by Peer Mentor groups.
- Cultural outings to museums, movies, and shows through the Columbia University Arts Initiative.
- Trips to iconic New York City locations, such as Top of the Rock and the Intrepid.
- Parties at Chelsea Piers, Bowlmor Lanes, and Dave & Buster’s.
- Sporting events.
- Breakfast, lunches, and dinners with smaller Peer Mentor groups.
Handbook for Peer Mentors
Questions about our Peer Mentoring programs? Please contact Robert Ford, Associate Director of Academic Counseling and Student Engagement, or call Student Services at 212-854-2395.
Transfer Student Mentoring Program
The Transfer and Visiting Student Organization (TVSO) runs a mentoring program for all Transfer and Visiting students. Contact TVSO to learn more.