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4.3 of 5 stars (18 Ratings)

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Great School

5.0 of 5 stars

March 2016 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Career Prospects, top jobs, good alumni network. You will not regret the decision.

Downers

Workload--law school in general. You will not regret the decision.

Comments

Columbia is a great law school. You will not regret the decision.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Review of Law School

5.0 of 5 stars

February 2016 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Corporate/business law oriented
Various student event
Great professors
Great location (NYC)

Downers

High tuition fee
A little safety concerns
Generally no other complaints

Comments

If you are planing to be a corporate lawyer, Columbia Law School is the place for you.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Poor administration

3.0 of 5 stars

February 2016 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Top ranked law school based in New York City with a range of courses and a small number of cross registrations with Columbia Business School

Downers

School administrators do not advocate for students or at least all students equally. Many horror stories from friends regarding career counsellors and the dean of students, such as when my friend had a pinched nerve and in massive pain, she asked to defer a semester and the Dean of Students, rather than being satisfied with medical records showing she had a pinched nerve, required her to get a psychologist's note indicating she was not making up her pain in order to get out of finals. Insulting beyond words. She also could not get her tuition reimbursed for the semester so it's a huge financial burden. Or when my friend had difficulty finding the right career counsellor (A lot of them have never worked at a law firm and went to crappy schools), she got called out by the Dean of Career Services that switching around counsellors upset them. Columbia is also incredibly callous about the cost of its education and will not help out students in need. They won't get a dime from me now that they call for money.

Comments

It's silly that prestige matters so much. Maybe the best thing to do is do well at a good but lower ranked school, then transfer to Columbia and interview as a Columbia student.

Would You Recommend

No

Door-opener, great education

4.0 of 5 stars

February 2016 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

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.

Downers

Costs a ton -- I'm in a lot of debt now. Class sizes are pretty large. Not a great building.

Comments

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.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Corporate Practice Machine

3.0 of 5 stars

October 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Intelligent classmates, reputable professors and excellent externships. The trial practice classes are also run by members of the NY DA's Office.

Downers

Not a place for those seeking a career in litigation - most classes and students are orientated toward a career in corporate law.

Comments

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.

Would You Recommend

No

Columbia Law

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Great job prospects. School really puts resources to help improve student experiences.

Downers

Don't like the new look post-renovation. It's a little too white and grey.

Comments

1L is tough, but I wouldn't have been happier at any other school.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Columbia

4.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Location. Proximity to New York law firms allowed for access and exposure for informed decisions.

Downers

Class can be competitive and high-strung. Facilities are second-rate. Lack of group study spaces.

Comments

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.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Come here!

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Smart peers. Smart instructors. Great resources for jobs. Great social scene despite the reputation everyone is friendly.

Downers

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.

Comments

Career services is good about getting you to meet the right people and helping you to figure out what you want.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Best law school experience

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

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

Downers

Gets stressful during 1L year, but no more than I'd expect at any other school

Comments

NYC is an awesome place to live during law school

Would You Recommend

Yes

A flawed beauty

4.0 of 5 stars

July 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

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.

Downers

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.

Comments

If you need career help beyond the well-oiled machine of the on-campus interviewing process, the career office is only so-so.

Would You Recommend

Yes

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