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Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School
NameColumbia Law School
Parent Endowment$5.9 billion
HeadDavid Schizer
CityNew York City
StateNew York
Bar Pass Rate95.6%
Annual Tuition$45,674
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Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, is one of the oldest and most prestigious law schools in the United States. A member of the Ivy League, Columbia Law School is one of the professional graduate schools of Columbia University in New York City. It offers the J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. degrees in law.

Ever since U.S. News & World Report began ranking law schools in 1987, Columbia Law has appeared in the Top 5 every single year, an honor shared only with Yale, Harvard, and Stanford. U.S. News & World Report consistently places Columbia Law among the top four most prestigious and selective law schools (ranking it #4 for both academic reputation and overall national standing). Recently, Columbia ranked #4 in the 2011 U.S. News Law Firm Recruiters' Ranking of Best Law Schools and is ranked #3 for highest earning law graduates in the nation, ahead of both Harvard and Yale. [

Columbia has graduated more Supreme Court Justices than any other institution except Yale and Harvard law schools. More current members of the Forbes 400 attended Columbia than any other law school. Admission to Columbia Law is among the most selective in the U.S., with only 12% of applicants being accepted in 2010. The law school also ranked #2 in the 2011 U.S. News report of "Law Schools that Receive the Most Applications." Columbia is historically the highest ranked law school in its home state of New York and also has the highest average pass rate for the New York bar (95.6%).

Columbia ranked #1 in The National Law Journal survey of "Go-To Law Schools" two years in a row (2007, 2008) for having the highest percentage of graduates hired by the nation's top 250 law firms (#2 in 2009). Professor Brian Leiter's law school rankings (the respected alternative to the U.S. News survey) also ranked Columbia #1 (for the years 2006 through 2009) for job placement at the nation's "most prestigious" law firms and, for the past several years (2005 � 2010), #3 for student numerical quality (average LSAT/GPA), surpassed only by Yale and Harvard.

Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including, among others: two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (three of whom were Chief Justices); numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; members of the federal trial and appellate courts; academicians and diplomats, and civil rights and human rights activists. Alumni of the Law School have been the president or founder of more than thirty colleges and universities in the nation.

For its teaching and scholarship, Columbia is lauded in corporate and securities law, international and comparative law, intellectual property, public interest and human rights law, and legal history and legal theory - administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, critical race theory, and gender studies and family law, among others, are also exceptionally strong. Columbia, well known for corporate law, has a storied job placement rate at the nation's top law firms.

Columbia Law School Video The first Trailer of The Trials of Law School, the first feature documentary film about the US Law School system. Order the DVD online now at Featuring Rob Miller, Patrick Schiltz, Randy Barnett, Angela Davis, Taunya Banks, Elizabeth...
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The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur shares a story from when he was on Christmas break at Columbia Law school in New York City. TYT co-host and host of TYT University Ana Kasparian chimes in. Subscribe to TYT U for more videos:
5.45 min. | 4.96 user rating
Patrick Schiltz and Richard Primus discuss the today's big law firm environment ("biglaw") on The Trials of Law School DVD. The Trials of Law School is the first feature documentary film on the law school experience. Available on DVD at or at
4.42 min. | 5.0 user rating
The introduction to "Born to Gun" from Columbia Law Revue's Fall 2008 show "Dr. Strangelaw, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Credit Crunch
2.92 min. | 3.66 user rating
Eric Holder, US Attorney General, CC 73, Law 76, and a Columbia University trustee, will be Columbia Colleges 2009 Class Day Speaker, the senior class council announced on Low Library steps Tuesday afternoon. Holderâthe first black man to head the Justice Departmentâwill address graduating seniors on May 19 on South Lawn.
18.60 min. | 5.0 user rating
Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Finals, Columbia Law School, April 2007
0.70 min. | 5.0 user rating
A parody of "In My Country There is Problem," by Borat Sagdiyev (otherwise known as "Throw the Jew Down the Well") from the Columbia Law Revue's Fall 2009 show, Return of the JD
2.10 min. | 4.5 user rating
A parody of Fox's "24," as shown during the Columbia Law Revue's Fall 2007 show, "Lights, Camera, Actionable!"
5.53 min. | 3.25 user rating
Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court finals, Columbia Law School, New York, New York
0.42 min. | 2.25 user rating
Go to for the lyrics! Parody of the original song, "Teenage Dream," copyright Katy Perry, Capitol Records, 2010. Thanks to all the Columbia Law Revue cast, writers, and crew. Special thanks to those who helped make this video. Extra special thanks to everyone who came to our Spring Show this year!
3.87 min. | 4.66 user rating

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Harvard Crimson--She has also written articles for publications that include the Yale -Law- Journal, the Stanford -Law- Review, and the -Columbia Law- Review.--- - Date : Wed, 27 Oct 2010 06:57:18 GMT+00:00
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Harvard Law School News--Her writing has appeared in the Yale -Law- Journal, -Columbia Law- Review, Wall Street Journal, Slate, and elsewhere. Last year, Suk co-authored a highly ... - Date : Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:18:10 GMT+00:00
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