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3.0 of 5 stars
Prestige, location, and professors -- all open doors. That's pretty much it.
In my experience, the administration does not care about its students. They just see tuition dollars. Not an atmosphere that fosters collaboration, independent thought, or intellectual curiosity. And if you do not want to do BigLaw, then you are out of luck.
Honestly, unless you want a career in corporate BigLaw then you would be better served elsewhere.
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5.0 of 5 stars
Career Prospects, top jobs, good alumni network. You will not regret the decision.
Workload--law school in general. You will not regret the decision.
Columbia is a great law school. You will not regret the decision.
Corporate/business law orientedVarious student event Great professorsGreat location (NYC)
High tuition fee A little safety concernsGenerally no other complaints
If you are planing to be a corporate lawyer, Columbia Law School is the place for you.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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