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4.0 of 5 stars
The professors are brilliant. They really push back against your ideas, in a way that forces you to consider all the angles. Attending school here opens a lot of doors.
Costs a ton -- I'm in a lot of debt now. Class sizes are pretty large. Not a great building.
I wouldn't hesitate to come to CLS. Going to school in New York is amazing, and that itself creates a lot of opportunities as well. And the name goes far.
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3.0 of 5 stars
Intelligent classmates, reputable professors and excellent externships. The trial practice classes are also run by members of the NY DA's Office.
Not a place for those seeking a career in litigation - most classes and students are orientated toward a career in corporate law.
Graduating from a top tier law-school can be critical to getting your first, second, third, and last job - it always matters. The primary reason to come here is the name; the education, professors, and students are all generic.
5.0 of 5 stars
Great job prospects. School really puts resources to help improve student experiences.
Don't like the new look post-renovation. It's a little too white and grey.
1L is tough, but I wouldn't have been happier at any other school.
Location. Proximity to New York law firms allowed for access and exposure for informed decisions.
Class can be competitive and high-strung. Facilities are second-rate. Lack of group study spaces.
Don't underestimate the advantages of being in New York. Living there for 3 years allows for much more informed decisions as to post-school career choices and law firm selection.
Smart peers. Smart instructors. Great resources for jobs. Great social scene despite the reputation everyone is friendly.
A lot of peer pressure to go to the best firms. There is competition but that just comes from you pushing yourself after seeing how hard everyone else works.
Career services is good about getting you to meet the right people and helping you to figure out what you want.
Fantastic faculty and administration; great events on- and off-campus (love the open bar ones); fun group of classmates to go out with; no concerns about job prospects regardless of grades
Gets stressful during 1L year, but no more than I'd expect at any other school
NYC is an awesome place to live during law school
The professors are top-notch. The Columbia brand opens doors. Columbia has great international law courses. LLMs, who make up 25% of enrollment, bring interesting experience and a much more laid back attitude (than the JDs) to the school.
Incoming class is composed mostly of straight-throughs from college. If you've done a few things in between college and law school, you will find it hard to relate to most of your peers, though the older students and LLMs are great. Classmates seem homogeneously interested BigLaw.
If you need career help beyond the well-oiled machine of the on-campus interviewing process, the career office is only so-so.
Superb big firm placementBig alumni network in senior positions that helps with your second jobGreat location - relatively low COL for NYC but in a high QOL neighborhood
Not a tight knit communityCould use some new blood corporate professors
If you want NYC biglaw, there's a small - but meaningful - edge to being at CLS compared to NYU.
Lots of courses and academic opportunitiesNew YorkGreat career prospects
Lack of culture and difficult fitting in with studentsStilted administration, not open to ideasReputation precedes quality of academics, school environment
Go to CLS for the career prospects, especially if you want to work in Biglaw and NYC. However, CLS is not a collegial environment and don't expect much school culture or spirit and you need to work hard and find your own opportunities.
The corporate law opportunities are amazing. The professors are great.
The students can sometimes be pompous. The curve is annoying. They still use a grading system that is not P/F.
On balance, CLS is great. You will be taught by some of the best lawyers in the field. Employment opportunities are great.
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