How to Apply

CPRL’s full-semester program is offered each Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-early May).

The application for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters is now open!

Click here to submit the CPRL Application for the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021.  

CPRL offers a limited number of awards up to $30,000 toward students’ home tuition. To be eligible for a CPRL Scholar Award, students must make a legally enforceable commitment to work three of the first five years after graduation in a full-time government or non-profit position in or supporting the PK-12 education sector. Depending on the location of the qualifying employment students may be eligible for awards of up to $20,000 (United States or in other countries), or $30,000 (for Brazilian students with qualifying employment in Brazil).

Brazilian students with exceptional merit and need and who are willing to make the same work commitment specifically in Brazil are eligible for a Lemann scholar award of up to $30,000. Lemann scholar awards may also be awarded on a case-by-case basis to non-Brazilian students willing to fulfill the qualifying employment requirement in Brazil.

The CPRL Scholar Award Application is optional.

The CPRL Scholar Award Form is now open!  

If you wish to apply for a CPRL Scholar Award, please complete: 1) this Scholar Award application after you have submitted the online application to the CPRL program, and 2) this Financial Aid Data Form with the support of your Financial Aid office, which will then submit the form on your behalf

The deadlines for the next round of applications for students from each of CPRL’s partner graduate schools are listed in the table below. Individual deadlines are set in collaboration with partner schools. The deadlines for the applications will most likely be at the end of March. All applications must be received by 5 PM on the day of the deadline. 

Other graduate schools that are not listed below have not formalized a partnership with CPRL as of this time. If you believe your school should be listed here, or if your graduate school is not currently a CPRL partner and you are interested in working with your school to join the CPRL consortium, please email cprl@law.columbia.edu

* Columbia Law School students will apply to CPRL  through LawNet
* NYU School of Law students will apply to CPRL through CAMS.