Certification in Gender & Sexuality Law:
Students at Columbia Law School may receive Certification in the study of Gender and Sexuality Law upon completion of:
- specialized curricular requirements, and
- a twenty to thirty page research paper on a topic approved by one of the Center’s Directors.
In order to pursue Certification in Gender and Sexuality Law, you will need to register your intention in writing with one of the Directors of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.
JD students must do this by October 15th of their second year of law school.
LLM students must do this by October 15th of the year they matriculate at the Law School.
For completion of Certification students must:
- Successfully complete two courses in Gender and Sexuality Studies
- one of which must be either L6506 Gender Justice or L9549 Topics in Sexuality Law,
- the second course may be either in the law school or in another division of the University and must be approved by one of the Center's Directors
- Successfully complete a research paper of 20-30 double-spaced pages on a topic related to gender and/or sexuality law
- The paper topic must be submitted for approval to one of the Center Directors no later than November 15th of the year LLM students matriculate at the law school or November 15th for JD students in their third year of study.
- Students must submit a complete first draft of the paper for comments and suggestions no later than two months before the final draft of the paper is submitted.
- The paper’s final draft must be submitted by April 15th of the Certification year.
- To satisfy the Certification writing requirement students may not use work written for credit in other courses during their law studies. A student Note for which the student is receiving academic credit may, however, be used to satisfy the Certification writing requirement with the approval of the supervising Center Director.
Please complete the form here if you are interested in Certification in Gender & Sexuality Law and e-mail the form to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 15th of J.D. students' 2L year or October 15th of LLM students' fall semester.