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NAMES AND ADDRESSES
Law School: Columbia Law School 
Address: Jerome Greene Hall 
  435 West 116 Street 
City: New York 
State, Zip: NY, 10027 
Country: United States  
Phone: (212) 854.2640 

Administrator Name: Petal Modeste 
Administrator Title: Dean of Career Services 
Phone: (212) 854.1664 
Fax: (212) 866.0351 
Email: petal.modeste@law.columbia.edu 
Web: www.law.columbia.edu/careers/career_services 

Registrar's Name: Alice Rigas 
Phone No: (212) 854.2668 
Names & titles of key CSO staff: Janice Shaw- Dir. JD Career Advising, Marta Ricardo-Dir. Alumni and Int'l Affairs, Steve Buchman-Asst. Dir., Marsha Diamond- Asst. Dir., Lois Jeffers- Asst. Dir., June Su - Asst Dir., Diane Silverman-Interim Asst Dir. Recruiting, Anna Colliton-Media Mgr., Rasu Jilani-Tech. Liasion,(tba) - Prog. Coord., Harriett Jordan, Off. Mgr. 

DEGREE PROGRAMS
No. of hours required to graduate: 83 
Comments:  

No. of Full-time students 1343 
No. of Evening students:
No. of Part-time students:
Other:
Total: 1344 

COMPOSITION OF ENROLLMENT
'12-'13 Year 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
Men: 219  194  194  607 
Woman: 185  206  177  568 
Totals: 404  400  371  1175 
Black (Men): 15  14  37 
Black (Women): 28  28  24  80 
Hispanics (Men): 13  11  33 
Hispanics (Women): 13  13  11  37 
American Indian/Alaskan (Men):
American Indian/Alaskan (Women):
Asian/Pacific Islander (Men): 45  27  29  101 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Women): 46  41  35  122 
Disabled (Men):
Disabled (Woman):
Openly GLBT (Men):
Openly GLBT (Woman):
Comments:  

Do you offer LL.M. degrees? Yes 
Is LL.M. grading system equivalent to JD system? Yes 
Do you offer joint degree programs? Yes 
NO. of LL.M. degrees awarded in previous year: 270 

FIELDS OF STUDY OFFERED > LL.M DEGREES:
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
General
FIELDS OF STUDY OFFERED > JOINT DEGREES:
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
JD/MBA- 3 and 4 year programs
JD/MIA & MPA- Intl & Public Affairs
JD/Maitrise en Droit- Sorbonne
JD/DESS-Sorb/Sci.Po
JD/LL.B. - London
JD/LL.M. - London
JD/LL.M. -Wolfgang Goethe Univ Frankfurt
JD/Master- Institute d'Etudes Politique
JD/MPH- Mailman School of Public Health
JD/MSW- School of Social Work
JD/M.Arch & M.S.- School of Architecture
JD/PHD- Grad. School of Arts & Sciences
JD/MS- Grad. School of Journalism
JD/MFA- School of the Arts

ADMISSIONS PROFILE
Applications received: 9012 
Size of entering class: 404 
No. of undergraduate colleges represented: 103 
No. of states represented: 42 
In-state enrollment: NA 
Out-state enrollment: NA 
Foreign countries represented: 23 

GRADE POINT AVERAGE / LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST
25% 50% 75%
Grade Point Average Full-time
Part-time
Overall 3.61 3.72 3.82
Law School Admission Test

 

Full-time
Part-time
Overall 170 172 175
In determining GPA and LSAT averages, are all students included? Yes 
  If "No", what percentage is not included?
 

JD PROGRAM
Fall Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
9/6/2011
12/2/2011
Spring Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
1/17/2012
4/25/2012
Semester Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
12/22/2011
1/17/2012
Spring Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
3/12/2012
3/16/2012

CLINICAL COURSES/PROGRAMS OFFERED
Clinical Courses/Program Enrollment Based on
Child Advocacy Clinic
Environmental Law Clinic
Human Rights Clinic
Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic
Mediation Clinic
Nonprofit Organizations/Small Business Clinic
Prisoners and Families Rights Clinic
Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic
Community Enterprise Clinic
SPECIAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

MOOT COURT PROGRAM
Is Moot Court a required activity? Yes 
Please describe program, including when students participate, how board members are selected, etc.
Moot Court is a required activity for first year students.  Second year student editors are selected on the basis of first year moot court brief competition.

JOURNALS/ACTIVITIES
JOURNALS
Journals No. of Students Grades Write-on Intv. Other
Columbia Law Review
Business Law Review
Human Rights Law Review
Journal of Asian Law
Journal of Environmental Law
Journal of European Law
Journal of Gender and Law
Journal of Race and Law
Journal of Transnational Law
Journal of Science & Technology Law
Journal of Law & the Arts
American Rev. of Intrnl. Arbitration
Journal of Law and Social Programs
Journal of Tax Law
 
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
African Law Students Society
Alpine Society
American Civil Liberties Union
American Constitution Society
Amnesty International
Asian & Pacific American Law Students Association
Beltway Bound
Black Law Students Association
Brewmasters
Building a Better Legal Profession
California Society
Career Paths
Christian Legal Society
Civil Rights Law Society
Columbia Gastronomy Society
Columbia International Arbitration Society
Columbia Law Revue
Columbia Law School Democrats
Columbia Law School Military Association
Columbia Law School Republicans
Columbia Law School Soccer Association
Columbia Law School Softball Team
Columbia Law School Trial Club
Columbia Law School Women's Association
Columbia Real Estate Law Society
Columbia Securities and Private Equity Law Associa
Columbia Society of International Law
Columbia Strategic Simulation Society
Criminal Justice Action Network
Deans' Cup
De Vinimus
Domestic Violence Project
Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Society
Environmental Law Society
Federalist Society
Harlem Tutorial Program
High School Law Institute
Impact
InSITE
Intra Vivos
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Jewish Law Students Association
Koleinu (Law Students for)
Latino/a Law Students Association
MESO
Law Students for Social Enterprise
Moot Court
National Lawyers Guild
Native American Law Students Association
NHK: Japanese Legal Studies
OUTLAWS (LGBT law students)
Public Interest Law Foundation
Qanun (North African Middle Eastern Law Students)
RIGHTSLINK
Society for Chinese Law
Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Society for Law, Science & Technology
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
South Asian Law Student Association
St. Thomas More Society
Student Senate
Tenants' Rights Project
Transfer and Visiting Students Org.
Unemployment Action Center
Y'all SA (Southern Students)
Yoga Club
Youth Justice Association

GRADING SYSTEM
EXPLANATION OF GRADING SYSTEMS
Letter Grades Other Grade System? Numerical Equivalents
       A+
       A
       A-
       B+
       B
       B-
       C+
       C
       C-
       D
       F

 Comments:
For information on our Grading System please visit:  http://www.law.columbia.edu/academics/registrar/Acad_Recog
 
MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN (Based on May 2012 graduation class)
Top 10%:  
Top 25%:  
Top 33%:  
Top 50%:  
Top 75%:  

Median GPA:  
Minimum grade required for graduation:  
Do you have a pass/fail option? Yes
If "Yes", please describe:  
Are students ranked in their class? No
If so, how often?  
Will the school verify student grades? Yes
Please describe policy: Columbia Law School does not rank students or calculate GPA. 

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS
ACADEMIC AWARDS
Name of Award No. Awarded Selection Process
James Kent Scholars
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Jacob Berger Prize
Harold Brown Book Prize
Class of 1912 Prize
Milton B. Conford Book Prize
E.B. Convers Prize
Archie O. Dawson Prize
James A. Elkins Prize
Wilfred Feinberg Prize
Alfred S. Forsyth Prize
Andrew D. Fried Memorial Prize
Walter Gellhorn Prize
Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize
Haft Foundation Moot Court Prize
Carroll G. Harper Prize
Paul R. Hays Prize
Pauline Berman Heller Prize Fund
Barney Jaffin Prize
Jane Marks Murphy Prize
John Ordronaux Prize
Charles Bathgate Beck Prize
David M. Berger Memorial Prize
Simon H. Rifkind Prize
Robert Noxon Toppan Prize
Valentin J.T. Wertheimer Prize
Parker School Award
Amos J. Peaslee Prize
Samuel I. Rosenman Prize
Emil Schlesinger Labor Law Prize
Whitney North Seymour Medal
Charles Bathgate Beck Prize
David M. Berger Memorial Prize
Simon H. Rifkind Prize
Robert Noxon Toppan Prize
Valentin J.T. Wertheimer Prize
Parker School Award
Amos J. Peaslee Prize
Samuel I. Rosenman Prize
Emil Schlesinger Labor Law Prize
Whitney North Seymour Medal
For descriptions please visit: http://www.law.columbia.edu
/academics/registrar/Acad_Recog
GRADUATION HONORS
  % of Class Receiving GPA Required # of Students
Order of the Coif: N/A
Summa cum laude: N/A
Magna cum laude: N/A
Cum laude: N/A
Other: N/A
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Areas of practice (Include both legal and non-legal positions) % of employed students with jobs in area Employment locations % of students with known location who are in region
Private practice: 76.1  New England: 3.2 
Business and industry: 3.9  Middle Atlantic: 68.7 
Government: 4.6  East North Central: 1.7 
Judicial clerkship: 11.8  West North Central: 0.7 
Military:   South Atlantic: 11.5 
Public interest organization: 3.1  East South Central: 0.5 
Academic: 0.5  West South Central: 1.7 
Job category not identified:   Mountain:
Pacific: 9.3 
Non-US: 1.7 

  Jurisdictions: (states and/or metropolitan areas)
                      with the highest % of graduates from the most recent graduating class

ON CAMPUS INTERVIEWS
  Week invitations are sent to employers:
mid February
  OCI requests accepted by:  
  Mail Beginning Date:
  Phone beginning date:
  Email beginning date: To Email:
  Online beginning date: 02/06/2012 URL: Symplicity
 
Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during Fall 2013 :
 
OCI date assignment procedure:
 First come first served   Random
 Early/Late Rotation   Out of state employer by geographic location
  Comments:
The registration deadline is March 19th.  Employers are to complete their summer and EIP employer feedback forms before submitting their schedule request for EIP.
 
  OCI Fee?
$700-first schedule,$500 each additional schedule, $450- half schedule
 
  OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers:
April 3rd
 
  if requested our school will coordinate with:
New York University
 
  Describe required employer forms:
 
OCI DATES
OCI dates for August: 08/09/2012 - 08/14/2012
OCI dates for Fall: 09/18/2012 - 11/16/2012
OCI dates for Spring: 02/08/2012 - 03/23/2012
  Flyback dates:
No formal flyback week.
 

  Is video conferencing available?  Yes 
  Comments:
EIP will be held August 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
 

  Are employers permitted to prescreen?  No 
  If "No", explain:
Students are given approximately 30 bids to select the employers they wish to interview with.  Symplicity then runs a lottery to assign interviews.
 

OCI drop date:
Date student materials sent to employer: 08/03/2012
Date interview schedule sent to employer: 08/03/2012
Postage/express mail fee?
  Comments:
 
Do you provide resume collection or direct mail option for employers not participating in OCI?  Yes 
  Are all OCI conducted in campus buildings?  No 
  If "No", describe alternatives and reservation procedure:
Early Interview and LL.M. Job Fairs held at the Doubletree Hotel in Mid-town NYC.
 

OTHER INTERVIEW PROGRAMS
  Cooperative/Consortia:
Overseas-Trained LL.M. Student Interview Program: January 21st 2012, Doubletree Hotel, Mid-town NYC

 
  Diversity Interview Programs:
 

JOB POSTING
  Will you send, upon request, one package containing resumes/transcripts?  No 
  Will you post a notice directing students to apply directly to employer?  Yes 

If you provide job listings for graduates, describe how to send notice, when employers can expect responses, length of time notice is posted (whether in print or online), etc.;
All job postings for both students and graduates can be submitted online using Symplicity.
 

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Describe any special regulations pertaining to the recruitment of first year students that are in addition to the NALP guidelines. For example, are first year students eligible for spring OCI? When are job notices posted during second semester?
All employment notices for 1Ls will be posted on Symplicity on or after December 1.  
1L On-campus interview program is held in February and March.
 

DIVERSITY PROGRAMS
New York City Bar Association 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

All Diversity Fellowships and Job Postings can be submitted through Symplicity.
 

PRO BONO PROGRAM
All Columbia law students must complete at least 40 hours of uncompensated, law-related work, in the service of the public interest. Students must fulfill the requirement after their first year of law school and must not be compensated either financially or with academic credit. Pro Bono placements are approved without regard to political orientation and must delineate assignments that require legal knowledge for completion. Pro Bono placements accommodate a broad range of student interests from client contact and litigation to legal research and policy development.
 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Columbia Law School adheres to the non-discrimination statement endorsed by the Association of American Law Schools. As a condition of obtaining any form of placement assistance by the Law School, employers are required to provide an assurance of their willingness to observe the following principles of equal opportunity: Columbia pursues a policy of equal opportunity to obtain employment, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. The Law School communicates to each employer to whom it furnishes assistance and facilities for interviewing and other placement functions the School's firm expectation is that the employer will observe the principles of equal opportunity.

We are very pleased that under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, gay and lesbian people can begin serving openly in the United States Armed Services. In view of this transitional time in the Armed
Services regarding Don't Ask Don't Tell, we take this opportunity to remind members of our community of the Law School’s antidiscrimination commitment and express the hope that the military will take the additional step of modifying any regulations that prevent transgender individuals from serving openly.
 

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