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Columbia University School of Law

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“It opens doors”
March 2019FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Columbia has great name recognition. The name opened a lot of doors for me.

Downers

The atmosphere was a bit competitive. I attended when jobs were more scarce, though. Current students don't seem to have issues with that.

Comments

It's a good choice. It will open doors for you.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Excellent International Education; But Intellectually Rigorous”
March 2019FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Excellent international double degree programs; ability to study in Paris, London, Switzerland, and many more locations.

Downers

The grading system. I believe Columbia is the highest-ranked school that still assigns grades, making it tougher than Harvard and Yale in terms of academic grading.

Comments

It's hard to think of a better school to attend if your ambition is to work at a firm in the near future. Also, I believe there are more CLS grads working abroad in the private sector than from any other school.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“The best of the best”
March 2018CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Best professors I've ever encountered. Incredible career services department that will break their back to get you a job. Really easy to find employment after law school. Generally nice people and not cut throat competition wise.

Downers

Overwhelmingly corporate. Good for some, can be tough for public interest folks to find their spot. That said, everyone interested in public interest here has endless opportunities to pursue that track and plenty of support from the faculty if they need it.

Comments

You will find your niche here despite the overwhelming corporate vibe to it. New York is awesome, the work is manageable, and most importantly you will be fully prepared afterwards in whatever area of the legal field you seek to pursue.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Great school”
February 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Leading professors; bright classmates; great professional network. I "learned to think like a lawyer" and had my way paved to a good job.

Downers

While the other students were very bright, some of them were aggressive, or, more frequently, aggressively annoying.

Comments

Try to get financial aid; CLS, like most high-end law schools is super expensive. While you are there, be a positive force -- don't be mean, be patient, be funny, be kind. It all will work out.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Review Title”
March 2017FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

The name recognition of Columbia Law School has afforded me significant opportunities.

Downers

The price, the price, the price, the price, the price.

Comments

The cost of tuition is admittedly high but if you do well, it will be worth it.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Columbia”
January 2017CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

The other students are incredibly intelligent and friendly.

Corporate law best in the country

Downers

Columbia Law allows first years to do pretty much anything, and sometimes this can feel a bit overwhelming, like you're always behind.

Expensive.

Comments

The other students are incredibly intelligent and friendly.

Corporate law best in the country. Columbia Law allows first years to do pretty much anything, and sometimes this can feel a bit overwhelming, like you're always behind.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Current Student”
June 2016CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Prestige, location, and professors -- all open doors. That's pretty much it.

Downers

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.

Comments

Honestly, unless you want a career in corporate BigLaw then you would be better served elsewhere.

Would You Recommend

No

“Great School”
March 2016FORMER 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”
February 2016CURRENT 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”
February 2016FORMER 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

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