Established in 1858, Columbia Law School is an innovative law school that is set on the foundations of tradition. The law school wants its students to have a law education rooted in international perspective and the diversity in its student population is a reflection of this global philosophy. Columbia Law offers a wide range of classes in its law curriculum that will allow students to be able to explore their interests.
Programs offered include a dual degree program, an accelerated one year, full-time program, a non-degree student program, and the graduate legal studies program. One of the programs within the school is Careers in Law Teaching. This program allows students to be able to pursue an education that would allow them to eventually teach law in the classroom. The one year, rigorous LL.M. Program allows students to be able to take classes in other schools within the university, including the School of International Affairs and Politics and the School of Journalism, and it encourages students to be able to pursue an independent research study for additional credits. Students are able to attend joint degree programs in collaboration with Harvard University, Princeton University, Tufts, and Johns Hopkins.
The law education at Columbia Law School does not stop in the classroom. The school has plenty of centers and programs, such as the Center for Institutional and Social Change and the Associates-in-Law Program, for students to become involved in. The school offers externships, clinics, and summer programs in public service. Along with the centers and programs, Columbia Law School has various student organizations.
Students are able to spend semesters abroad in law schools located in China, German, France, and the Netherlands. Law students are taught by faculty, who are known for their research and scholarship. Many of Columbia Law School’s alumni have served in high ranking roles, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Columbia Law School
435 W. 116th Street
New York, NY 10027-7297
Phone: (212) 854-2670
Number of 2016 applicants: 5,716
Number of 2016 matriculants: 388
Median LSAT: 171
LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 168 to 173
Median GPA: 3.70
GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.59 to 3.81
Regular decision: February 15
Regular decision applicants are notified by end of April.
Early decision: November 15
Early decision applicants are notified by late December.
Transfer: July 15
Visiting Students: July 15
All Columbia Law School students must start in the fall.
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $62,700
Room and board: $22,942
Total estimated cost of attendance: $85,642
Students who receive grants: 47.6%
Median grant amount: $18,000
Columbia Law School does not offer conditional scholarships.
Bar passage differential: 13.77%
Transfers out: 2
Net transfers: 42