Prospective students


On behalf of Outlaws, Columbia Law School’s LGBTQA student group, we encourage you to apply to Columbia! We hope that you decide to begin your legal career here.

Academic Opportunities at Columbia

Columbia is a dynamic place to study the law, particularly as a member of the LGBTQA community. Columbia is the proud home of the nation’s first Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic. The clinic is headed by Professor Suzanne Goldberg, counsel in Lawrence v. Texas and senior attorney at Lambda Legal. The clinic is entirely student-driven, and it partners with national and local LGBTQA organizations on gender and sexuality cases.

In addition, Columbia is home to many of the country’s most distinguished LGBTQA scholars and activists, including:

  • Professor Elizabeth Emens, whose focus areas include antidiscrimination law, family law, and gender and sexuality law;
  • Professor Katherine Franke, a leader in critical legal thought, feminist theory, and queer theory; and
  • Professor Kendall Thomas, a leader in critical race theory and gender and sexuality law.

Each professor serves as an important resource for support and guidance for students.

The Role of Outlaws at Columbia

Outlaws serves as a resource for LGBTQA students, working hard to ensure that members develop academically, socially, and professionally. Outlaws provides an environment replete with parties, mentoring, campus events, and opportunities to engage in the most important political issues affecting the lives of LGBTQA people. Below is a brief snapshot of our programming:

  • On the advocacy front, our activities have ranged from hosting discussion series on the implementation of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to tabling during blood drives.
  • Outlaws also maintains a busy social calendar, organizing mixers with LGBTQA groups from other New York law schools, and holding smaller, more intimate gatherings with fellow LGBTQA graduate groups on Columbia’s campus.
  • Outlaws also helps to jumpstart the legal careers of its membership by organizing events. Our events include our Resume Review Dinner; “Out in the Workplace,” where LGBTQA attorneys from local firms and public sector organizations discuss their experiences in the workplace; and “2L and Beyond,” where upperclass students share their insights with our 1L students about classes, journals, and jobs.

All these events give students the opportunity to receive substantive academic advice and make important contacts with practicing attorneys.

All told, Outlaws is one of the most active student groups on campus. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and interests; the one thing we all share is a sense of community. Outlaws works hard to incorporate all of the diverse aspects of its membership into its programming and encourages member participation at every step. First-year students have the opportunity to apply for one of our many 1L board representative positions. To see how 1Ls are involved with Outlaws this year, please see the main page.

Getting to Know Columbia and Outlaws

We encourage you to visit the Law School. If you would like to ask current students about law school life, please contact us at outlaws [at] You may also contact the Office of Admissions at admit [at] or 212.854.2674 with admissions-related questions.

  • This Month's Events

    November  2014
    Events on November 6, 2014
    • 1L Summer Job Search Panel
      Starts: 12:10 pm
      Ends: November 6, 2014 - 1:10 pm
    Events on November 18, 2014
    • Outlaws General Body Meeting
      Starts: 12:10 pm
      Ends: November 18, 2014 - 1:10 pm
      Location: JG 105
    Events on November 20, 2014
    • Out in the Night Screening and Discussion
      Starts: 5:00 pm
      Ends: November 20, 2014 - 8:00 pm
      Location: JG 101
    Events on November 21, 2014
    • Academic Success Panel
      Starts: 12:10 pm
      Ends: November 21, 2014 - 1:10 pm
      Location: Big Warren 103
    • Outlaws Game Night
      Starts: 8:00 pm
      Ends: November 21, 2014 - 10:00 pm
    Events on November 24, 2014
    • SCOTUS Roundup
      Starts: 12:10 pm
      Ends: November 24, 2014 - 1:10 pm
      Location: JG 102B
  • Events on November 24, 2014
    SCOTUS Roundup
    Starts: 12:10 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2014 - 1:10 pm
    Location: JG 102B