Peer Mentoring Programs
Student Services sponsors the First-Year Peer Mentor program and the J.D./M.B.A. Peer Mentor program. The Transfer and Visiting Student Organization sponsors the Transfer Student Peer Mentor program for incoming 2Ls. 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, applying for jobs, living in New York, and any other issues that impact law students.
First-Year Peer Mentor Program
The First-Year Peer Mentor program is one of the easiest ways for 1Ls to meet 2Ls and 3Ls and to learn their way around Columbia Law School. This year-long program provides 1L 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)!
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.
Meet the Peer Mentors for 2019-2020
If you have any questions about the First-Year Peer Mentor program, please contact Robert Ford, Associate Director of Academic Counseling and Student Engagement, or call Student Services at 212-854-2395.
J.D./M.B.A. Peer Mentor Program
Through the J.D./M.B.A Peer Mentor program, Student Services connects upper-year students who are in the final year of their dual degree program with students who are just beginning the program. We work with law students who are enrolled in either the three-year J.D./M.B.A. program or the four-year program. To help support new dual degree students, our J.D./M.B.A. Peer Mentors:
- Commit to reaching out to Mentees throughout the year to offer them support and guidance as they navigate the dual degree program.
- Host outings and social events each semester with Mentees.
- Attend Student Services-sponsored J.D./M.B.A. events during the academic year, such as the Fall J.D./M.B.A. Orientation lunch and the Spring J.D./M.B.A. lunch.
If you have any questions about the J.D./M.B.A Peer Mentor program, please contact Robert Ford, Associate Director of Academic Counseling and Student Engagement.
Transfer Student Peer Mentor Program
The Transfer and Visiting Student Organization (TVSO) runs a mentoring program for all Transfer and Visiting students. Contact TVSO to learn more.