Columbia University

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435 W. 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

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#5 in Tax Law

Law School Overview

The Law School at Columbia University has an application deadline of February 15. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at Columbia University is $85. Its tuition is full-time: $57,838 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 7.3:1. The Law School at Columbia University has 294 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

There are about 400 students in each class at Columbia Law School, and law students can choose elective courses as early as the spring of their first year. Law students can also tack on an additional master’s or doctoral degree to their J.D., completing programs at other Columbia University schools like the Business School, the Graduate School of Journalism and the Mailman School of Public Health. There is also a joint degree program offered through other institutions, including Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Columbia Law School does not offer part-time or evening programs.

Columbia Law School has special programs to help law students pursuing specific placements, such as judicial clerkships or teaching careers. The school also has about 30 centers on campus, which explore topics as varied as global legal transformation and Israeli legal studies. For a further international slant, law students can study abroad in more than 10 countries and can complete a foreign degree while abroad. Students can live in university housing on the school’s campus in New York City.

Notable alumni include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former President Theodore Roosevelt.

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Year founded 1858
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline February 15
Full-time program application fee $85
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (212) 854-2670
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 294
Student-faculty ratio 7.3:1
Total faculty 310

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 1,248
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 437


Tuition and fees

full-time: $57,838 per year

Room and board $17,151


Employed at graduation2 93.2%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $50,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 1,270,693

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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