Journal Credits Overview (JD only)
There are three types of academic point credit that JD students may obtain in connection with journal work. It is also possible to use a note to satisfy one of the JD writing requirements. This page summarizes these opportunities, as well as their limitations. If you have further questions, we encourage you to reach out to one of the Academic Advisers in Student Services.
Academic Point Credit
- Supervised Research Credit
- You may receive Supervised Research credit if you write a note for your journal under the supervision of a Columbia Law School faculty member (including visiting/adjunct faculty).
- You can register for Supervised Research credit by completing the J.D. Research Registration Form, having your faculty supervisor sign it, and submitting it to Registration Services by the date listed on the form.
- Credit Limit: Students may receive a maximum of 3 points per term, and 4 points per academic year, in connection with work that qualifies EITHER as Supervised Research OR as Supervised Experiential Project.
- Timing: You may opt to receive Supervised Research credit for your note during either the Fall or the Spring semester, or to split your points across multiple semesters (subject to your supervisor’s approval). Regardless, we encourage you to begin contemplating your topic and reaching out to potential faculty supervisors as soon as possible, as professors tend to book up quickly.
- Journal Credit (Publication & Editorial Board)
- Publication Credit: If your note is accepted for publication in a Columbia Law School journal, you may be eligible (upon approval by the Journals Committee and a faculty evaluator) to receive one additional ungraded point of credit.
- Journal Editorial Board Credit: Upon recommendation by your editor-in-chief and approval by the Journals Committee, you may receive up to two points of ungraded point credit (one point per term) for your editorial board work.
- Credit Limit: Journal Publication credit and Editorial Board credit are in the same “bucket” as Independent Moot Court Coaching credit. A maximum of three points of such credit IN TOTAL may be counted toward the 84 points of credit required for graduation.[†]
- NB: The three-point cap does not apply to point credit earned in connection with supervised upper-level work on an internal, or Foundation, moot court (which is subject to a separate four-point cap).
Graduation Writing Requirements
- Writing a note is also an excellent way to satisfy either your Major Writing or Minor Writing requirement, whether or not you also receive Supervised Research credit.
- You may register for Major/Minor Writing credit by filling out the J.D. Major/Minor Writing Registration Form, having your supervisor sign it, and submitting it to Registration Services by the date listed on the form.
- You must register for Major Writing credit no later than the end of Add/Drop of your penultimate semester, and for Minor Writing credit no later than the end of Add/Drop of your final semester.
- If your supervisor is a visiting/adjunct professor, you must register for credit during a term in which he or she is appointed to teach.
- In order to satisfy the Major Writing requirement, you must submit a complete draft of your note to your supervisor by February 1 of your 3L year, and a final draft by the first day of the month preceding the month in which you anticipate graduating.
[*] ATTENTION LLM STUDENTS: This information pertains to JD students only. LLM students are not eligible to receive credit for publication or editorial board work. However, they may receive Supervised Research credit for writing a note under the supervision of a Columbia Law School faculty member if they complete the LLM Supervised Research Registration Form and submit it to Registration Services by the date listed on the form. If you have any questions about the rules or restrictions that apply to LLM journal members, please contact Marissa Zalk in the Office of Graduate Legal Studies.
[†] The 84-point credit requirement applies only to students who first matriculated at the Law School in 2017. All other JD students must complete a total of 83 credits in order to graduate.