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Cornell University Cornell Law School

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“Horrble Law School - Don't Come”
February 2019CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

It's difficult to find anything good to say about the Cornell LL.M. program. The only thing I like about this program is that it ends fast.

Downers

Classes are horrible, with rare exceptions.

Many Professors don't even reply to email messages.

Parochialism.

Hostile environment.

Information regarding enrollment, payments, ID, assignments, etc. is always confusing.

Extreme bureaucracy is present in every single aspect of your affairs at Cornell.

Eating is an everyday challenge. Your only source of food at Law School after 14:00 A.M. is a vending machine.

Very expensive.

Ithaca is a freezing village precisely in the middle of nowhere. Ithaca is as deficient in resources as a campsite.

Comments

Choose another law school. Cornell will drain your money, your patience, and your happiness.

Would You Recommend

No

“Small, isolated and tightknit law school community”
October 2017FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Had the chance to meet some amazing close friends and found that people were generally not cutthroat or overly competitive. Professors and quality of education was great.

Downers

The location is very isolated, being approximately 4 hours drive from New York City. It is also freezing cold during the winter.

Comments

If you are looking for a small, tight knit community where all the students know each other then Cornell will be a good fit. Some people may prefer a larger school where you can be more anonymous amongst your classmates.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Options ofr those intereted in transactional law”
February 2017CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Attempt to offer transactional classes, which are still rare in some of the top law schools.

Downers

The limited number of classes compared to other larger schools and difficulty getting into some of the more competitive classes.

Comments

Take advantages of what other schools in the Cornell system have to offer, such as classes at the business school or tech classes.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Thumbs Up For NYC or Bust”
March 2016FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

If your goal is to land a Big Firm job that pays market in NYC, then Cornell places as well or better than most schools, even many above it in the top tier.

Downers

Cost should be lower given its location; also - its location. It is effectively winter for most of the time you are in attendance.

Comments

The smaller class size is a plus in many ways, but bc of the school's isolation and the 'small-town' feel of Ithaca, it can feel a bit like Myron Taylor High School, as opposed to Myron Taylor Law School.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Review”
January 2016FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

The class sizes are small and the professors are very approachable.

Downers

Ithaca is incredibly boring and very cold in the winter.

Comments

Due to the small class sizes, the school places very well in the New York market.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Cornell Law”
January 2016CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Impressive student-to-faculty ratio allows unprecedented access to professors

Clinic options offer students real world legal experience

Numerous job fairs attract firms from the tri-state area and beyond

Extensive alumni network

Downers

Harrowing first-year course load

The social life in the small Ithaca community leaves much to be desired

Admission is highly selective for the limited number of seats

Comments

Ithaca is a nice place to live with great parks and restaurants.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Great, but isolated, law school”
January 2016FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Top notch professors and a strong academic community. High curve.

Downers

Ithaca winters are brutal. The town is isolated and good restaurant/bar options are few and far between.

High school-like gossip.

Comments

If you can get into a better ranked T14, go there, but Cornell is a good choice if you are aiming for biglaw.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“all about the money”
November 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

professors are competent--you get what you pay for--prestige, etc.

Downers

it's mercenary--they are all business and don't care about the students

Comments

It's not a warm and fuzzy place; slightly different feel from the undergrad situation there

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Cornell Law School LLM”
October 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Well designed courses with freedom of choice.

Great choice of seminar courses designed for practical legal practice experience.

Dedicated post graduate placements staff.

Brand value.

Job opportunities.

Downers

Location.

One of the less vocal Ivy League universities.

No specialist LLMs on offer.

Financial aid hard to come by.

Comments

Great LLM program designed for international students looking to get exposure to US law and international legal market.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Go Big Red!”
October 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Great school name recognition, accomplished and responsive professors! Students are loyal and feel connected to the school.

Downers

Career services was unhelpful and mainly focused on placing students in New York City.

Comments

Consider your debt to earnings ratio. If you are not certain that you want to go to a large firm, consider going to a less expensive school that has a connection to the community you would like to work in.

Would You Recommend

Yes

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