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Why Columbia

The world looks to Columbia Law School as a leader in legal education and scholarship. As a graduate, you’ll be ready when the world looks to you. Find limitless options for a lifetime of personal, professional, and intellectual growth.

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Renowned Faculty

The Law School’s distinguished faculty—internationally recognized experts in their fields—challenge students to engage with complex social, political, and legal issues and devise solutions that have real-world impact. 

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Innovative Curriculum

The Law School’s vast curriculum draws on our innovative spirit and belief in rigorous intellectual exchange. Pathbreaking faculty, new courses in emerging subject areas, and opportunities for interdisciplinary study—including dual and joint degrees with Columbia University and partner institutions—will change the way you see the law and the world.

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Strong Community

Our community is bound together by a fierce sense of camaraderie and fortified by countless activities on and off campus. You will be surrounded and supported by talented individuals from an array of backgrounds who will deepen your engagement with the law and civic life.

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Career Opportunities

Long-standing relationships with top employers around the world—from law firms and Fortune 500 companies to social justice organizations, NGOs, and educational institutions—lay the groundwork for you to chart your own unique career path. To prepare, take advantage of an array of career resources, including counseling, peer mentoring, and mock interview programs.

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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning, including through required pro bono service, is central to a Columbia Law School education. Clinics, externships, moot courts, and other opportunities give you hands-on experience working with real clients on real cases with real-world impact. 

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Alumni Network

Columbia Law School’s sweeping alumni network includes more than 27,000 individuals in 119 countries. Law School graduates are leaders in their fields—they include U.S. Supreme Court justices, CEOs, entrepreneurs, executives, and law firm heads—and serve as a valuable resource for students at every stage of their professional journey.

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Graduation

On a warm evening with a refreshing breeze, Columbia Law School held graduation exercises for the Class of 2019. More than 700 J.D., LL.M, and J.S.D. candidates, along with some 4,000 guests, gathered on May 20 beneath massive white tents on the South Lawn of the historic Morningside campus for a ceremony that celebrated the accomplishments of the class and their role in promoting equality and ensuring a just society.

Graduation 2019

Applicants and Enrollment (J.D. Class of 2019 as of September 30, 2019)

Applications

7193 Applications Received / 15.9% Accepted

Enrollment Breakdown

45% Students of Color
46%

Women

19%

International Students

172

Median LSAT Score

25th percentile = 169 / 75th Percentile = 174
3.80

Median Undergraduate GPA

25th percentile = 3.69; 75th percentile = 3.89
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“I chose Columbia Law because it presented an opportunity for a top legal education in an amazing city. In addition to having a rich curriculum that covers a wide array of legal topics, Columbia has knowledgeable faculty members who are approachable and willing to chat about their research with interested students."

Alexis Danielle Campbell ’20

LL.M. Class of 2020

300

students

53

jurisdictions represented

40

native languages

23

Fulbright and other competitive external scholarship awardees