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4.3 of 5 stars (15 Ratings)

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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

Gets you where you need to be

5.0 of 5 stars

June 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Superb big firm placement
Big alumni network in senior positions that helps with your second job
Great location - relatively low COL for NYC but in a high QOL neighborhood

Downers

Not a tight knit community
Could use some new blood corporate professors

Comments

If you want NYC biglaw, there's a small - but meaningful - edge to being at CLS compared to NYU.

Would You Recommend

Yes

CLS '13 - Transfer Review

3.0 of 5 stars

May 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Lots of courses and academic opportunities
New York
Great career prospects

Downers

Lack of culture and difficult fitting in with students
Stilted administration, not open to ideas
Reputation precedes quality of academics, school environment

Comments

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.

Would You Recommend

Yes

CLS

4.0 of 5 stars

May 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

The corporate law opportunities are amazing. The professors are great.

Downers

The students can sometimes be pompous. The curve is annoying. They still use a grading system that is not P/F.

Comments

On balance, CLS is great. You will be taught by some of the best lawyers in the field. Employment opportunities are great.

Would You Recommend

Yes

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