INTERNATIONAL JOINT DEGREE
London J.D./LL.B. Programs
This program consists of two years of law study at Columbia Law School followed by two years of study at one of four schools in London:
- King's College (Dickson Poon School of Law)
- London School of Economics (LSE)
- School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
- University College London (UCL)
Upon the successful completion of four years of study, participants will receive the J.D. from Columbia and the LL.B. from the London school that they attended. The curricula at these law faculties provide students with an opportunity to choose from a wide array of law courses. Depending on the specific program chosen, students can engage in legal studies in various fields, including—but not limited to— Asian law; European law; European financial law; human rights law; intellectual property law; Islamic law; private international law; and public international law.
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The J.D./LL.B. is a four-year program. Applications are submitted during the spring term of a student’s 1L year. Students who are accepted into the program will spend two years at Columbia and two additional years abroad in London.
Tuition & Fees:
During the two years in London, Columbia students will pay 50 percent of Columbia tuition, plus health insurance, and health service fees. Other Columbia student activity fees will be waived. Students may be able to opt out of Columbia health insurance if appropriate alternative coverage is obtained. Consult the Office of International Programs for more information.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. For more information visit the Office of International Programs to learn more about the costs of living in London.
Students who study in London for six months or longer have access to the National Health Service for free. Students in London for less than six months will receive emergency care for free, but may have to pay for other parts of the NHS. Columbia students may still be required to pay for Columbia health insurance.
Important note for international students (i.e., F1 visa holders):
Please be sure to speak with ISSO about the implications of an international joint degree program for your F1 visa status and OPT. As a general rule, if you spend your entire 3L year abroad and do not receive your degree in May of that year, your F1 status will end upon completion of your 2L year. Specific challenges and strategies may vary depending on nationality.
Students earn 21 toward the Columbia J.D. degree while abroad in London. Students are required to maintain a full-time schedule and meet minimum requirements for passing grades to receive credit from Columbia Law School. Students who are nominated and accepted into one of the London J.D./LL.B. programs will receive more specific information about course schedules, registrations requirements, passing grade requirements, and other important academic information.
Students who participate in one of the double degree programs will receive transcripts from the partner school attended. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate that students have earned X number of credits under an international study abroad program.
It may be possible while studying abroad to arrange work with a local NGO that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Online applications for all international study abroad programs are open during the month of February each year. Students who wish to enroll in one of the international joint degree programs should plan to apply in the spring semester of their 1L year in order to go abroad during their 3L year.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
As a part of the application, students are asked to list, in order of preference, which program in London they wish to attend. Columbia Law School cannot guarantee that nominated students will be placed in the first choice school, although every effort will be made to try and accommodate such requests for nominated students.
London Partner School Application:
Each of the London partner institutions requires a separate application, which students complete after they have been nominated by Columbia Law School. Nominated students can expect to receive information about that process from the Office of International Programs and from the partner institution.
London Double Degree Schools Online
King's College (Dickson-Poon School of Law)
London School of Economics (LSE)
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University College London (UCL)
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career, but that the timing of overseas study may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Joint Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605