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Columbia University School of Law

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25 Ratings

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7 Student Reviews (4 star). See all 25 reviews.

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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

“Door-opener, great education”
February 2016FORMER 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

“Columbia”
September 2015FORMER 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

“A flawed beauty”
July 2015FORMER 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

“CLS”
May 2015CURRENT 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

“CLS Review”
April 2015FORMER 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

“Top Notch and Adjusting after the 2009/2010 Downturn”
April 2015FORMER 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

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