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 275 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.
Applications to the 2017-2018 LL.M. and J.S.D. Programs
We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 LL.M. and J.S.D. Programs. Complete instructions on how to apply to the LL.M. and J.S.D. Programs are available on this website and on the LSAC website.
The application deadline for the LL.M. Program is December 15, 2016.
The application deadline for the J.S.D. Program is February 1, 2017.
If you have questions about the application process that are not answered on this website, we welcome you to contact us by email. We look forward to receiving your application!