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Columbia University School of Law

At Columbia Law School, classrooms are the most important rooms on campus. Our students are training to become leaders for the world and the intellectual resources that abound in our classrooms simply cannot be matched anywhere else. The breadth and depth of the curricular offerings at Columbia Law School are exceedingly vast and uniquely robust with respect to many of the most compelling areas of interest in legal scholarship. Like the practice of law at the highest level, our curriculum is global, interdisciplinary, and rigorously practical.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1294
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 170 - 174
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.58 - 3.82
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 96.23%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 99.0%
Tuition $55,488

Overview

Overview

About Columbia University School of Law

At Columbia Law School, classrooms are the most important rooms on campus. Our students are training to become leaders for the world and the intellectual resources that abound in our classrooms simply cannot be matched anywhere else. The breadth and depth of the curricular offerings at Columbia Law School are exceedingly vast and uniquely robust with respect to many of the most compelling areas of interest in legal scholarship. Like the practice of law at the highest level, our curriculum is global, interdisciplinary, and rigorously practical.

Reviews

Columbia Law School is “a very exciting and dynamic place.” The curriculum is very heavy on legal theory “with a dash of practical, just for show,” and the “breadth of course offerings” is staggering. There are countless centers and programs specializing in every­thing from law, media, and the arts to European legal studies to tax policy to gender and sexuality law. “Getting on a journal is remarkably noncompetitive.” “Being in New York affords the opportunity to participate in almost any internship you could imagine.” Programs in international law and intellectual property law are reportedly excellent. Columbia is also “a corporate lawyer factory” and the “best place in the country for bud­ding transactional lawyers.” Public interest law is yet another strong suit here. Students who are involved are “a bit clique-ish” but, if you are in the clique, you’ll have access to a wealth of opportunities as well as a tremendously generous loan repayment assistance program.The “unbelievable,” “unmatched” faculty at Columbia is “amazing” “across the board.” “Columbia does a good job mixing the young, relatable rising superstars with older, more practiced professors.” Virtually all of them “make class interesting,” and “they’re the number-one reason to come to CLS (besides the prestige, of course).” Professors also “make a huge effort to be approachable” and “are happy to give career-related advice or answer questions.” The administration isn’t as beloved. Happier students note that there are some “really caring people” on staff. However, the general sentiment seems to be that management is somewhat “disdainful.” When the time comes to find a real job, “employment prospects are unbeatable and the alumni network is extraordinarily strong.” Career Services is “very helpful in offering support in a variety of capacities.” Columbia boasts a “high placement rate in big law firms” and “the opportunities for working in prestigious government and sought-after public interest positions are unparalleled.” “It’s Columbia,” candidly explains a 2L. “The name buys you a lot.” About the only complaint we hear is the contention that “the employment focus is a little too New York–centric.”The facilities here are far from great. “Everything is very modern” and “the building is serviceable and clean, but it is ugly.” Classrooms “aren’t terribly comfortable,” and “They’re not as pretty as what you’ll find at other Ivy League law schools.” “The library is one of the best in the country” as far as the resources on offer are concerned, but its aesthetic “is absolutely hideous,” says an appalled 2L.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 437

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/Ph.D., 7 years; JD/MA, 4 years; JD/MBA, 3 or 4 years; JD/MFA (Arts Administration), 4 years; JD/MS Urban Planning, JD/MS Social Work 4 years; JD/MS Journalism, 3 1/2 years; JD/MIA in International Affairs, 4 years; JD/MPA in Public Administration with Columbia, 4 years; JD/MPA in Public Affairs with Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, 4 years; JD/MPH in Public Health, 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 274
Full-Time Faculty 145
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 17
Part-Time Faculty 112
Faculty Gender 63% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 53%
Multi-racial 2%
International 11%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 16%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $55,488 Same as On-Campus
Housing $20,550 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $76,038 $55,488

Financial Aid

77% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$38,405 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $85

Incoming Class

Columbia University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 170 - 174
LSAT Total 170 - 174

Columbia University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.58 - 3.82
Total 3.58 - 3.82

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations

Optional: State Residency, Interview, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Best Career Prospects
#7 Toughest To Get Into

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 96%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 750
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 99%
Average Starting Salary $160,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 11-25 3 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 9 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 41 9%
Firm Sized 501+ 253 55%
Business Industry 18 4%
Government 35 8%
Public Interest 44 10%
Federal Clerkship 37 8%
State Clerkship 4 1%
Other Clerkship 1 0%
Academia 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 0%
Unemployed, Seeking 5 1%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 0%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 7%
CA 7%
NY 69%
International 3%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Columbia University School of Law include:

  • Charles Evans Hughes - former Chief Justice of U. S. Supreme Court
  • Paul Robeson - performing artist/civil rights activist
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt - former President of U.S.
  • George Pataki - Governor/New York State
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Justice/U.S. Supreme Court

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