How to Apply

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

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters HERE

Students are invited to apply in accordance with application deadlines found below. CPRL will schedule interviews with applicants on a rolling basis.

CPRL offers a limited number of awards up to $30,000 toward students’ home tuition to students participating in CPRL’s program. 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 public education sector. Depending on the location of the qualifying employment, students may be eligible for awards of up to $20,000 (the 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. Non-Brazilian students willing to fulfill the qualifying employment requirement in Brazil may be considered for the Lemann scholar award on a case-by-case basis. The CPRL Scholar Award Application is optional.

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. CPRL Scholar Award applications are due on Monday, November 2nd at 5 PM ET.

The deadlines for the current application cycle are listed in the table below. Individual deadlines are set in collaboration with partner schools. All applications must be received by 5 PM ET 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.  

If you do not see the answer to your question on this page, please check out our FAQ page or email us at cprl@law.columbia.edu