Columbia University School of Law


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“The breadth and depth of the curricular offerings at Columbia Law School are exceedingly vast and uniquely robust with respect to many of the most compelling areas of interest in legal scholarship. Like the practice of law at the highest level, our curriculum is global, interdisciplinary, and rigorously practical.” (Columbia Law Website)

The first-year program exemplifies the dynamic curriculum offered at Columbia Law School. Among other mandatory courses, each first-year student is required to complete a Legal Methods and Legal Practice Workshop, which when combined teach students the art of legal research, writing and analysis. In addition, all first-year students participate in the Foundation Year Moot Court competition and are able to select one elective course that corresponds with their interests.

During their second and third years, students have a wide variety of elective courses from which to choose. In terms of clinical programs, Columbia offers clinics such as the Child Advocacy Clinical, Environmental Law Clinic, Human Rights Clinic, Layering in the Digital Age Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Nonprofit Organizations/Small Business Clinic, Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, and the Clinical Seminar for Law and the Arts. In addition, those considering public interest careers may be interested to note that all students are required to complete forty hours of law-related public interest work in order to graduate.

Those seeking to earn joint degrees have several options at Columbia Law School. “To enable interested students to realize this goal, the Law School may approve them to pursue a joint degree program with any of the following of Columbia’s graduate or professional schools, as well as with Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Ph.D. in selected programs)

Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.)

School of International and Public Affairs (M.I.A., M.P.A., and special programs through the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and The Harriman Institute) (see below for exception)

Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.)

School of the Arts (M.F.A.)

Mailman School of Public Health (M.P.H.)

School of Social Work (M.S.W.)

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (M.Arch. and M.S.)

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Princeton University) (M.P.A.)”

(Columbia Law Website)

For those students wishing to obtain an advanced degree, Columbia offers the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and the Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) degrees.

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