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Columbia Law School

Rank 4 (USNWR 2022)
Median LSAT
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Also known as

  • Columbia Law School
  • Columbia University
  • CLS CU

Columbia Law School is a law school located in New York City, New York. The school was ranked 4 in 2022 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for Columbia Law School is approximately 479.

Admissions website: https://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions

Admissions email: admissions@law.columbia.edu

Admissions phone: 212.854.2674

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Columbia Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 172 174 176
GPA 3.75 3.84 3.92
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 9612 98
# Admissions offers 1098 -
Class size 479 98
% Accepted 11.4% 97
% Yield 39.4% 81

During the 2022 application cycle, 9,612 people applied and 1,098 were offered admission.

Columbia University has a 1L class size of 479, and yield of 39.44%. 433 out of 1,098 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 39.44% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at Columbia University has a median LSAT of 174. The 25th percentile LSAT is 172 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 176.

The median GPA is 3.84. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.75 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.92.

Columbia Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2021-2022

LSD has stats for 1,860 applicants for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

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25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
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How much does Columbia Law School cost per year?

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Cost of attending Columbia Law School

In 2022, tuition was $76,088 and the annual cost of attending was $103,628 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

Columbia Law School employment outcomes

JD graduates from Columbia University make $190,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the public sector, a grad can expect to make $65,000.

83.4% of law graduates from Columbia University go directly to work for law firms, while 5.8% clerk for a judge. 6.5% of graduates go into public interest.

96.4% of Columbia University graduates pass the bar on their first try.

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Some interesting facts about Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School is especially committed to educating students of differing perspectives, from diverse backgrounds, and with varied life experiences.

Professional prospects for Columbia Law School graduates are quite extraordinary. Our graduates proceed to productive careers in every conceivable arena of practice, business, and advocacy. While Columbia-trained attorneys are especially well-regarded for their work in corporate law and finance, an high number also serve in every other aspect of the law. CLS alumni contribute to the shaping of US culture at large.

With an exceptionally talented student body and faculty and a strong tradition of encouraging students with specialized interests to develop those interests in depth, Columbia Law School provides a legal education that gives students a singular capacity for imagination, originality, and high responsibility in their professional lives.

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would someone mind describing what an R and/or L from CLS actually looks like? I applied in November and my portal looks exactly the same and I'm starting to wonder if it's somehow been communicated to me and i'm just...not seeing it?
R and or WL*
they email to check
then you get an orange box on your portal to click
do they email you or call you if you've been accepted?
I think CLS emails
FWIW I never got an email, I just checked my status checker online. The literal website, LSD did not recognize the update
If you're on mobile you might have to scroll down a bit, because at first it looks like nothing changed
Might be different for an A
cls where are u
so sorry to the ppl who just got rejected, i feel like my last message may have manifested it
@HappyMille: im sorry friend!
got the reserve
how often does the reserve move?
do we have any sense?
no clue, im staying on it as long as possible though!
Just got the reserve email for Columbia
does cls have priority waitlists?
my bias but a reserve list is far better odds than a mere wait list
i know people say they are the same, but a certain T14 school, when given a second interview, told me that a reserve group means it is way more selective and they place more priority to the list.
so if you are on a reserve list, then congrats and best of luck!
[] TheMarsRover
Wait, @peeledbanana, does Columbia have a reserve and a waitlist?
CLS reserve means waitlist
it is just what they call their waitlsit
some other schools do it differently, but for CLS there is no differentiation
CLS has never used the term waitlist.
I was waitlisted late april but applied in november. does being waitlisted later than those who applied around the same time mean anything?
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