In no other environment can you experience an intellectual journey as stimulating, challenging, and rewarding as law school. In addition to the extraordinary opportunities provided by Columbia Law School alone, the interdisciplinary engagements of the University’s innumerable institutes and centers can make your academic and professional practice a special one.
While enrolled, Law School students may apply up to ten credits from any other part of the University to their J.D. degree. With leading authorities in economics, environmental studies, international relations, religious studies, social theory, history, and other disciplines, the University provides a multifaceted instruction that is unparalleled when combined with that of the Law School. Take for example, someone interested in economics. Aside from the Center for Law and Economics, co-directed by Professors Merritt Fox and Jeffrey Gordon, Columbia has three Nobel Prize-winning economists teaching full-time at various schools within the institution. Interested in law and the arts? Columbia offers classes taught by a Nobel Prize winning author, as well as numerous Pulitzer Prize winners teaching at Columbia’s Professional School of Journalism. As an eminent university positioned in the international capital of law, economics, communications, arts and culture, Columbia University caters to the interests and curiosities of all of its students. Additionally, if interested and if admitted to both programs, students may earn joint degrees at most schools within Columbia. For more information on joint degrees and cross registration, please reference our website.
To meet the needs of a legal profession that has become increasingly interdisciplinary, Law School students are afforded exposure to and instruction from leading authors, scholars, and practitioners devoted to specialized research. While gaining an understanding of one’s connectedness to the city, the state, the country, and the world, students develop an intellectual dynamism that will guide and accompany them through whatever journey their future may hold.