Columbia University School of Law

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Columbia Law School has absolutely the best program in international law among all American law schools. If you are considering work in the international law field (either public or private), Columbia is by far the superior choice. The professors at Columbia, even the less senior ones, are world class and the small class size for all but the introductory level classes makes connecting with the professors easier. If you can take a class with Professor Henkin, definitely do so. Professor Berman is also an excellent teacher.

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Columbia Law School has absolutely the best program in international law among all American law schools. If you are considering work in the international law field (either public or private), Columbia is by far the superior choice. The professors at Columbia, even the less senior ones, are world class and the small class size for all but the introductory level classes makes connecting with the professors easier. If you can take a class with Professor Henkin, definitely do so. Professor Berman is also an excellent teacher.

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The main reason to go to Columbia:

A law degree from Columbia looks good on your resume.

Columbia is one of a handful of highly prestigious law schools. Why should anyone care? Because the legal profession is much more interested about where you attended law school than most other professions. Whether it is rational or not, the simple fact is that going to a school like Columbia pretty much assures you a well-paying job upon graduation, and is a good foundation for your resume for the rest of your legal career.

This is not just Columbia, of course. The same can be said of a few other schools. From my own job hunting experiences, and my experience sitting on the recruiting committee of a big New York law firm, Columbia is considered the equal of any other law school there is, with the possible exception of Yale, which is pretty much perceived as being in a class by itself. Our firm considered applicants from Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, and Yale as the top tier. (probably Stanford would have been in that category too, but as a New York firm, we did not get many Stanford resumes.) Yalies got particular preference within this top tier. That isn't to say that you can not get a good job if you didn't attend one of these named schools. However, once you move out of this top tier, there is more pressure on an applicant to meet additional criteria, such as academic honors, law review, significant experience, or other exceptional qualities.

If you can get in to a top school, you should do it, even if a lesser known school offers you more financial aid, is more in tune with your personality, or has a program more in line with your personal interests. If you plan to make your living as an attorney, a top tier school on your resume is worth it. Ultimately, it provides you with options and opportunities that simply aren't available from other sources.

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The main reason to go to Columbia:

A law degree from Columbia looks good on your resume.

Columbia is one of a handful of highly prestigious law schools. Why should anyone care? Because the legal profession is much more interested about where you attended law school than most other professions. Whether it is rational or not, the simple fact is that going to a school like Columbia pretty much assures you a well-paying job upon graduation, and is a good foundation for your resume for the rest of your legal career.

This is not just Columbia, of course. The same can be said of a few other schools. From my own job hunting experiences, and my experience sitting on the recruiting committee of a big New York law firm, Columbia is considered the equal of any other law school there is, with the possible exception of Yale, which is pretty much perceived as being in a class by itself. Our firm considered applicants from Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, and Yale as the top tier. (probably Stanford would have been in that category too, but as a New York firm, we did not get many Stanford resumes.) Yalies got particular preference within this top tier. That isn't to say that you can not get a good job if you didn't attend one of these named schools. However, once you move out of this top tier, there is more pressure on an applicant to meet additional criteria, such as academic honors, law review, significant experience, or other exceptional qualities.

If you can get in to a top school, you should do it, even if a lesser known school offers you more financial aid, is more in tune with your personality, or has a program more in line with your personal interests. If you plan to make your living as an attorney, a top tier school on your resume is worth it. Ultimately, it provides you with options and opportunities that simply aren't available from other sources.

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Columbia law school's alumni include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 2nd female to be named a US Supreme Court Justice, prominent federal judges, law professors throughout the country and outstanding practitioners. It's located in harlem, but I think its a pretty nice neighborhood; I enjoyed my time here. The professors are mindblowing, the school offers a great selection of stimulating classes and the students are pretty cool. Best of all, you're pretty much guaranteed a good job once you graduate since it's the #3 law school in the country!

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Columbia law school's alumni include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 2nd female to be named a US Supreme Court Justice, prominent federal judges, law professors throughout the country and outstanding practitioners. It's located in harlem, but I think its a pretty nice neighborhood; I enjoyed my time here. The professors are mindblowing, the school offers a great selection of stimulating classes and the students are pretty cool. Best of all, you're pretty much guaranteed a good job once you graduate since it's the #3 law school in the country!

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