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4.3 of 5 stars (9 Ratings)

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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

LLM

5.0 of 5 stars

May 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

networking, central NYC, lots of clinics and practical courses, UN workshops, employers love it.

Downers

expensive, poor facility, very bad library with very little ressources...bed bugs were found once on the library. Often treated like a cash cow.

Comments

save a lot of money, because it is very expensive

Would You Recommend

Yes

CLS Review

4.0 of 5 stars

April 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Job opportunities, elective program, support services, location, prestige, reputation, alumni network.

Downers

Competition, grade structure, lack of Latin honors/GPA, size of LLM class.

Comments

It will set you up perfectly for a job in big law, especially in NYC.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Sky's the Limit

5.0 of 5 stars

April 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Great selection of courses, clinics, study abroad opportunities. I felt as if I could take my legal education in any direction I wanted.

Downers

Social atmosphere was a bit staid - very cliquish. However, the school is large enough that you can avoid the cliques if you try.

Comments

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

Would You Recommend

Yes

Top Notch and Adjusting after the 2009/2010 Downturn

4.0 of 5 stars

April 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Awesome reputation
Intelligent and well-connected faculty
Top-tier classmates but not overly intense or competitive
Diligent career services

Downers

Needs to get better at preparing students for the ever-changing legal market

Comments

Bring your A+ game and be ready to foster a sense of community because your classmates will be your future colleagues

Would You Recommend

Yes

Columbia Law School

5.0 of 5 stars

March 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Really great opportunities to connect with potential employers (law firms especially) and to do well in recruiting.

Downers

Large class; competitive. Professors not always great. Building/library not the best.

Comments

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.

Would You Recommend

Yes

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