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4.0 of 5 stars
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.
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5.0 of 5 stars
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.
3.0 of 5 stars
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.
networking, central NYC, lots of clinics and practical courses, UN workshops, employers love it.
expensive, poor facility, very bad library with very little ressources...bed bugs were found once on the library. Often treated like a cash cow.
save a lot of money, because it is very expensive
Job opportunities, elective program, support services, location, prestige, reputation, alumni network.
Competition, grade structure, lack of Latin honors/GPA, size of LLM class.
It will set you up perfectly for a job in big law, especially in NYC.
Great selection of courses, clinics, study abroad opportunities. I felt as if I could take my legal education in any direction I wanted.
Social atmosphere was a bit staid - very cliquish. However, the school is large enough that you can avoid the cliques if you try.
If you graduate from here, no matter where in the class, you'll be able to pursue whatever career you want. At the end of the day, that's why we go to a law school
Awesome reputationIntelligent and well-connected facultyTop-tier classmates but not overly intense or competitive Diligent career services
Needs to get better at preparing students for the ever-changing legal market
Bring your A+ game and be ready to foster a sense of community because your classmates will be your future colleagues
Really great opportunities to connect with potential employers (law firms especially) and to do well in recruiting.
Large class; competitive. Professors not always great. Building/library not the best.
If you want to work in big law, especially in NYC, you should have no trouble if you go to CLS. Even if you have mediocre grades, you will still likely be able to get into a decent firm.