Leadership Experience Admission Deferral (LEAD) Fellowship Program

New York, ,
United States
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deferred admissions program, offered by Columbia Law School, to admit and support self-starting undergraduate students, who plan to launch meaningful ventures in the public or private spheres prior to entering law school. 

The Columbia Law School LEAD Fellowship Program is an experimental, special, deferred admissions program open only to students who are currently completing their junior or senior year at one of Columbia University’s undergraduate institutions, specifically: Columbia College, Barnard College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies.

Prospective students who are interested in pursuing a JD degree from Columbia Law School and who also aspire to found, expand, partner with, and/or advance a commercial or nonprofit venture are invited to apply to the Law School through the LEAD Fellowship Program. In addition to being granted assured, deferred admission to the Law School, successful applicants will be considered for a funding grant of up to $10,000 to enable them to finance and pursue their project, venture, or activity during a two-year mandatory gap period between completing their undergraduate studies and commencing their studies at the Law School.

Fact Sheet

Social Sciences
Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Fellowships, Junior, Senior
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking
New York, ,
United States
North America
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Dates & Deadlines

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Deadline for 2020 application to be announced. The 2020 application for admission will be available through LSAC.org in Spring 2020.