The Graduate Admissions Committee at Columbia Law School welcomes the opportunity to review your application.
Please provide as much information as possible on this online application. Once your application is submitted, we will make changes only to your personal information (such as your mailing address, email address, or telephone number). We will not accept amended personal statements, résumés, dissertation proposals, or writing samples after your application has been submitted online. If any of your personal information changes after you submit your application, send us an email (email@example.com) as soon as possible to inform us of the change(s).
With the exception of applications from Fulbright and other scholarship organizations, we do not accept applications submitted by third-party educational advisors or consultants. Such applications do not in any way enhance your chances for admission to Graduate Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. In fact, unless they are submitted through Fulbright or another scholarship organization, they may hinder your chances or render your application incomplete, as we have no way of verifying that the application is indeed your work.
Before completing the application, review the complete J.S.D. Application Instructions carefully, as many common questions about our application process and the online application are contained therein.
Application Procedure for J.S.D. Admissions:
We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 J.S.D. Program. The application deadline for the J.S.D. Program is February 1, 2017.
Applications for admission to our 2017-2018 J.S.D. program 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.
Regrettably, because of the large number of applicants from all over the world, it is not logistically possible for interviews to be included as part of the selection process.
As a substitute, the Admissions Committee relies upon the insights provided by your letters of recommendation and Personal Statement. In addition to providing the committee with a more personal sense of your individual qualities, the Personal Statement affords you an opportunity to present any special information or factors that may prove useful to the committee’s deliberations.