For more than a century, Columbia Law School has educated students who, having already earned a basic law degree, wish to pursue an advanced course of full-time study in furtherance of careers in teaching, public service, or the international practice of law.
Each year, the Law School enrolls approximately 250 graduate students from more than 50 jurisdictions in our Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D) degree programs. Their experience spans all areas of the legal profession—including academia, the judiciary, public service, civil rights and human rights advocacy, NGOs, international organizations, and private practice. Law School students interact with unrivaled faculty and highly accomplished students; work hard; are treated exceptionally well; and obtain a degree that represents the best that U.S. legal education can offer. This remarkable community of individuals makes the school an especially dynamic and vibrant community in which to study law. We invite you to explore the rest of the site and to contact us with further questions.
Application Procedure for LL.M. and J.S.D. Admissions:
Applications for admission to our 2015-2016 LL.M. and J.S.D. programs and all supporting documents must be submitted through LSAC. We will no longer accept supporting documents by mail or email. Regretfully, any application items submitted directly to the Graduate Legal Studies office will be discarded.
For additional information on applying through LSAC and other services LSAC offers, please visit the LSAC website. Columbia's online application through LSAC will be available in mid-September. Until then, applicants are encouraged to begin gathering (and submitting) their supporting documents for their LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report.
Representatives from the Columbia Law School LL.M. Admissions Office will be traveling to select cities abroad to meet with prospective students this fall. For more information, see LL.M. Admissions Events.