Welcome to Columbia Law School, a place of ideas, innovation, and impact. Our location in New York City—the global hub of commerce, culture, and the law—offers truly unparalleled access that enriches and contextualizes our first-class legal training. Our home within one of the world’s preeminent universities allows our students and faculty to draw on and participate in the life of a rigorous and dynamic intellectual environment.

Our intellectual wingspan is breathtaking. Our faculty members are deeply committed to excellence in the classroom and they are leaders in advancing the understanding of the law in the United States and throughout the world. Columbia Law School offers students the opportunity to learn the core skills of legal analysis and practice from the most distinguished legal minds of our time while exploring a broad range of specialty areas. Our experiential learning opportunities, including our pioneering clinics and numerous externship programs, provide the opportunity to build on classroom training in a real-world environment.

Our tradition of innovation and creativity feeds our ambitious spirit. For more than 150 years, Columbia Law School has been known as a wellspring of leading scholarship and as a center for ideas that shape the path of law and policy, both domestic and abroad. We draw on that legacy to inspire a forward-looking culture that will equip our students to become leaders in solving the world’s most difficult problems. And our distinguished history of international study and exchange gives us a rich tradition from which to explore bold new frontiers of global engagement. Our foundation is solid and we are continuing to push the limits to reach even higher.

Our community is strong and supportive. From the moment students arrive at Columbia Law School, they become immersed in a diverse and supportive community that challenges them to grow both personally and intellectually. With more than 85 active student groups, close connections between students and faculty, a vital array of co-curricular programming, and a sustained and enduring commitment to public service, the student experience extends beyond the classroom to empower students to become leaders in the law and in civic life.

Our alumni are at the pinnacle of their fields. Our graduates are world leaders, Supreme Court justices, nonprofit executives, managing partners of multinational law firms, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and so much more. We take pride in the way a Columbia Law School education prepares our students to pursue a range of careers across sectors, industries, and institutions. Columbia Law School is renowned for its ability to place graduates in jobs at the forefront of legal practice and influence, and provides generous assistance to those who dedicate their lives to public interest and public service careers.

I invite you to explore Columbia Law School, either here on our website or in person. We would love to welcome you to our vibrant community.


Gillian Lester

Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law

Strategic Initiatives

Lawyers, Community and Impact Series

The Lawyers, Community, and Impact Series fosters thoughtful and respectful discussions about the legal and social ramifications of domestic and world events as they unfold. 

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The Campaign for Columbia Law

The Campaign for Columbia Law celebrates our proud history of achievement, while boldly and confidently embracing the future.

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Davis Polk Leadership Initiative

The Davis Polk Leadership Initiative is a new, cross-disciplinary initiative designed to prepare students to succeed as leaders in a wide range of sectors. 

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