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Columbia Law School

Overview

The 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Jonathan Schiller

Boies, Schiller & Flexner; Columbia Law Alum


"From the UK to Europe to the Middle East, there are clever general counsel trying to secure the best talent they can and doing it on financial terms that are mutually beneficial. I think we stand for that proposition. ..."

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The 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with C. Allen Parker

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Columbia Law Alum


"... I ultimately chose to practice at the firm because of its dedication to providing outstanding training and because of the people I met during the interview process and my experience as a summer associate. ..."

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The 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Aaron Podhurst

Podhurst Orseck; Columbia Law Alum


"... After law school, I was in the service and then came to Miami. I worked for an appellate judge for one year as a clerk, and then I went to a very well-known firm started by a guy named Perry Nichols, who was like the father of demonstrative evidence. I actually learned how to try cases as a young associate with him."

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The 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Dan Neff

Wachtell Lipton; Columbia Law Alum


"... back in ‘77, coming to Wachtell Lipton was not the obvious move. However, it had a great reputation, 35 lawyers who were extraordinarily highly credentialed, but had a reputation, in the terminology, of being a sweatshop. But I concluded wherever I went, I was going to work hard."

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The Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Gary Naftalis

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel; Columbia Law Alum


"... I ended up taking the law boards. It wasn’t a well-thought-out plan. It wasn’t one of these things like, “Oh, when I was six I knew I wanted to be a lawyer.” It just sort of happened."

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The Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with James E. Ferguson II

Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter; Columbia Law Alum


"I'm not so sure we had goals as much as we did vision. And that vision was to give and help those who needed help most and to try to help people in every aspect of their lives. That has sort of been our guiding principle and that's what we've always tried to do."

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The Lawyer Limelight

Video: Max Berger

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann; Columbia Law Alum

Lawdragon's first original documentary features prominent New York attorney Max Berger, who is also an accomplished photographer. Lawdragon editor John Ryan filmed and interviewed Berger at his photography show "Places" at 25CPW Gallery in New York.


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The 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Mel Immergut

Milbank; Columbia Law Alum


"I have learned over the years that there is nothing rarer in the legal profession than someone who can effectively lead a law firm. I generally say that a law firm is blessed if it has one person who can be the chairman and another person who is ready to assume that job when he or she retires."

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The 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Nick Gravante

Boies Schiller & Flexner; Columbia Law Alum


"When I graduated from law school in 1985, there was no question the best and the brightest went to Cravath. David Boies had the CBS v. Westmoreland case, Tom Barr had the Ariel Sharon v. Time case. You’d go home after getting out of the library, turn on Nightline and there was David with Ted Koppel. Cravath was the center of the universe in terms of litigation."

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The 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Roberta Kaplan

Paul Weiss; Columbia Law Alum


"... the best advice I can give a young lawyer is to make sure that you have a passion for what you are doing and that you are having fun doing it. It may well be that you have to be a little crazy to enjoy reviewing documents or drafting discovery requests, but that is the only way that I know of to do this job and succeed."

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Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Russell Frackman

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp; Columbia Law Alum


"... Looking at Napster, I think that – whatever level of piracy is going on now – things would have been many magnitudes worse if we had lost or not litigated the case. It would have been a de facto license for Internet service providers to use copyrighted materials in many different ways without prospective liability."

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Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Stacy Phillips

Phillips Lerner Lauzon & Jamra; Columbia Law Alum

"My clients have a heartbeat. How many lawyers can say that daily they truly make a difference in someone’s life? That may sound Pollyanna, but it’s true. You have people going through one of the worst experiences of their life and I know I can help make that better or easier."

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Admissions Profile

Admission rate %:
19%
Number students applying:
6,188
Number students accepted:
1,205
First-year attrition rate:
0

LSAT Scores 2014

75th percentile:
173
Median:
172
25th percentile:
170

GPA 2014

75th percentile:
3.81
Median:
3.71
25th percentile:
3.58

Financial Profile

Tuition and Fees Full-time Part-time
Resident $60,274 $60,274
Non-resident $60,274 0
Living Expenses Full-time
On Campus $22,868
Off Campus $22,868                 

Education Life Profile

School Population

Total number students enrolled:
1,170
Number students enrolled full-time:
1,170
Number students enrolled part-time:
Number of first-year students:
383

Gender Diversity

% Women faculty:
37%
% Women students:
46%

Ethnic / Racial / Global Diversity

% Minority faculty:
11%
% Minority students:
34%
% International students:
9%

Academic Profile

Student Opportunities

Number of law journals:
14
Names of law journals:
Columbia Business Law Review, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Columbia Journal of European Law, Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems, Columbia Journal of Race & Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Columbia Journal of Tax Law, Columbia Law Review, The American Review of International Arbitration
% of students involved in law journals:
77%
Number of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
Names of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
% of students in faculty-supervised clinical courses:
18%
% of students in field placements:
29%
% of students in simulation courses:
34%

Curriculum Strengths

Law Teaching,
Science & Technology/Patents,
Corporate/M&A/Transactions,
Criminal Justice,
Media-Entertainment/Intellectual Property

Graduate Employment Profile

National Employment Rate Percent Number of
Graduates
National Employment Rate 2014 94% 439
National Employment Rate 2013 95% 415
State Employment Rate 2014 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer NY 67% 304
State 2nd Largest Employer DC 9% 40
State 3rd Largest Employer CA 8% 36
State Employment Rate 2013 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer NY 68% 291
State 2nd Largest Employer CA 9.7% 41
State 3rd Largest Employer DC 6.6% 28

Employment by Job Categories

Law Firm Solo
0
Law Firm 2-10
0.5%
Law Firm 11-25
0.7%
Law Firm 26-50
1.2%
Law Firm 51-100
0.7%
Law Firm 101-250
2.8%
Law Firm 251-500
8.7%
Law Firm 501+
63.8%
Law Firm Unknown Size
0
Business & Industry
2.4%
Government
4.9%
Public Interest / Service
8%
Clerkships Federal
4.9%
Clerkships State / Local
1.2%
Education / Academia
0.2%
Other
0

First-Time Bar Pass Rates

Bar Exam Eligibility:
Most Current
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 96% 85%
State 2
State 3
One Year Prior
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 95% 82%
State 2
State 3
Two Years Prior State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 96% 85%
State 2
State 3

Type of School

Accreditation Status:
ABA Accredited
Public / Private:
Private
Part-time:
No
Affiliation:
Feeder School 1:
Feeder School 2:
Feeder School 3:

Student Bar Association

Contact Phone:

Link to Lawdragon Survey

Link to Survey:

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School Information

435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
Region:
Northeast
Main Phone:
212-854-2640
Admissions Phone:
212-854-2670
School Website:

Administration

Dean of School:
Gillian
Lester
Undergraduate:
BA
School:
University of British Columbia
Law Degree:
J.S.D.
School:
Stanford University
Graduate Degree:
LL.B.
School:
University of Toronto
Director of Admissions:
Nkonye
Iwerebon
Undergraduate:
BA
School:
Northwestern University
Law Degree:
JD
School:
Columbia University
Graduate Degree:
School:

Reputation Profile

Notable Alumni

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