The Center for Chinese Legal Studies prepares students to take on leadership roles in Chinese law, and provides them with the skills
and knowledge they need to succeed in China's rapidly changing legal environment.
The Sabin Center develops legal techniques to fight climate change,
trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate law and regulation.
The Center for Constitutional Governance at Columbia Law School is a non-partisan legal and policy organization devoted to the study of constitutional structure and authority.
The Center for Contract and Economic Organization aims to foster research on contracts, firms and organizations, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas between legal scholars and economists.
The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law has established
Columbia Law School as the preeminent law school for the study
of and specialization in the law of gender and sexuality.
The Center for Institutional and Social Change has become a
facilitator of innovation and collaboration for scholars, practitioners,
and students striving to address structural inequality through
The Center for International Commercial and Investment
Arbitration Law is designed to further the teaching and study of international arbitration, building on Columbia Law School’s well-
established expertise in this growing legal practice.
The mission of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy
Studies is to foster critical examination of how social structures and
related identity categories such as gender, race, and class interact
on multiple levels, resulting in social inequity.
The Center for Israeli Legal Studies sponsors lectures, seminars, and conferences; creates fellowship opportunities for LL.M. and J.S.D. students; and develops exchange opportunities for Law School
students to pursue research or internships in Israel.
The Center for Japanese Legal Studies is the first and only center of
its kind in the United States. It actively promotes research on
Japanese law, aided by the country’s premier collection of Japanese
The Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School is a
national focal point for research, scholarship, and exchange on Korean
law and legal institutions.
The Center for Law and Philosophy provide a basis for high-level
scholarly cooperation, first among the extraordinary group of faculty
at Columbia University in the overlapping areas of moral
philosophy, political theory, and jurisprudence, and second, to provide leadership in this area of overlap for scholars in the New York area and the United States.
The Center for Law and Politics brings together students, faculty, and practitioners with an interest in the study and practice of politics and government.
The Center for Law and Economic Studies’ basic mandate is to develop interdisciplinary research and teaching programs in order to shed new light on the “fundamental economic and legal problems of the modern industrial society.”
The Center for Law and Liberty studies freedom, threats to its
existence, and legal protections designed to ensure its survival.
The Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) is an
emerging partnership of top professional schools that prepares
students for leadership positions in public education organizations
committed to improving the life chances of all children.
The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) aims to improve the capacity of public offices and practitioners to deter,
identify, and combat corruption.
The Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University (CSLC) facilitates interdisciplinary study, research, and scholarship
on the intersections of law and culture.
The Center for Corporate Governance was inaugurated in 2003 when it brought together leading institutional investors and academics for a roundtable discussion on access to the proxy statement.
The Center on Crime, Community and Law's goal is to create
real-world legal strategies for tackling criminal justice problems that affect communities and families every day.
The Center on Global Governance's initiatives flow naturally from Columbia Law School’s exceptionally rich curriculum relating to
global law issues.
The Center on Global Legal Transformation's objective is to analyze
how this trend affects the role of law as a mode of social ordering,
its differential effects on individuals and societies around the world,
and its impact on the legitimacy of law in the eyes of those whose
compliance it seeks.
The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought nourishes, explores, encourages, and supports critical re-examination of the
received wisdom of our time.
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint
center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia
University, is the only university-based applied research center and
forum dedicated to the study, practice, and discussion of
sustainable international investment.
The European Legal Studies Center enjoys an outstanding reputation
for training students to assume leadership roles in international and European law, public affairs, and the global economy.
The Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership's mission is to bring world-class scholarship, research, and academic
rigor to the vital task of restoring and strengthening long-term
financing of innovative and durable public corporations, which are the underpinning of economic growth.
The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts was established to contribute to a broader understanding of the legal aspects of creative works of authorship, including their dissemination and use.
The Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy provides a platform for the exchange of ideas on the most timely, relevant matters while inspiring future generations of students to
pursue careers at the nexus of business, law, and public policy.
The Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center is an innovative program that brings transactions to Columbia Law School and the teaching of transaction-based skills to the classroom.
Through individual meetings, small workshops, and written reference materials, the Writing Center strives to provide Columbia Law School students with tailored advice that takes into account the time and scheduling constraints unique to law school.
Columbia Law School has organized a number of programs for individuals who have their first degree in law.
Columbia Law School offers one of the most comprehensive alternative dispute resolution programs in the nation with a rich curriculum taught by faculty members and practitioners.
The Associates in Law Program offers post-graduate teaching fellowships for promising entry-level scholars who are preparing for legal academic careers.
The Careers in Law Teaching Program (CILTP) provides current students and graduates of Columbia Law School with tools to explore the possibility of a career as a law professor, and support when they have decided to do so.
Columbia Law School's clinical program allows law students to work with real clients with real problems and begin the lifelong process of becoming thoughtful, responsible, and reflective lawyers.
The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges website is a leading resource for judges, attorneys, and scholars to understand the full impact of criminal conviction, which cuts across many areas of law—such as immigration, housing, civic participation, family, and finance.
Students and professionals from all over the world have joined us in the picturesque Dutch cities of Leiden or Amsterdam for the Columbia Summer Program to learn about all aspects of American Law taught by distinguished professors from Columbia University.
The Columbia Experimentalist Mentorship Program was initiated in 2005 by the Columbia Experimentalist Group to provide a select group of Columbia Law students (the “Columbia Experimentalist Scholars”) with the opportunity to choose projects, seminars, and events of interest to them, and to collaborate with the Columbia Experimentalist Group on that work.
The Human Rights Institute serves as the focal point of international human rights education, scholarship, and practice at Columbia Law School.
Columbia Law School students pursuing studies in intellectual property law are offered a wide selection of courses, hands-on clinical training, internship opportunities, and seminars with leading domestic and international practitioners.
The International Migration program's scope is interdisciplinary and it aims at providing an umbrella for faculty and students engaged in scholarly research on the myriad analytical and policy-related issues raised by the international flows of humanity.
As part of Columbia Law School's international focus, we have developed innovative double-degree and semester study abroad programs with partner institutions around the globe.
Established in 1985 with a generous gift of Julius Silver ’24, this program sponsors and coordinates the Law School’s advanced courses in fields related to science and technology.
Jointly based at Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School, the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets aims to advance informed capital markets regulation as well as the efficient operation of the markets themselves.
The Columbia Program in Law and History brings together faculty and students in the History Department and the Law School of Columbia University interested in the history of law and legal institutions.
The Legal Theory Workshop is a longstanding faculty seminar in which invited speakers, drawn from among the faculties of law, philosophy, economics, and political science at Columbia and elsewhere in the New York area, present works in progress for comment and discussion.
The work of the Legislative Drafting Research Fund addresses legislative problems of public importance, undertaken chiefly at the request of legislative committees, executive agencies, and private law-improvement organizations.
The National Security Law program offers courses, seminars, and events that allow students to explore the burgeoning intersection of law and national security.
The National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School is a legal research, education, and policy center that examines the implications of the jurisprudence of state attorneys general.
The Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security focuses particularly on the role of domestic law in national security matters from the perspective of both lawyers and policymakers.
Social Justice Initiatives manifests Columbia Law School’s belief that public interest experience should be part of the professional life of every Columbia student and graduate.
The Tax Policy Colloquium will introduce students to the current research in tax policy and will give them an opportunity to develop skills in reading and critiquing contemporary legal scholarship.
Edwin B. Parker, a leading international lawyer in the early 20th
century, provided in his Will for the establishment of a school
devoted to foreign relations. Parker School support continues
today, as Columbia Law School seeks to remain at the forefront of
studies of foreign legal systems and legal issues associated with
The What We Know Project at Columbia Law School is an online research portal that marks a path-breaking convergence of scholarship, public policy, and new media technology.