CLES aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders coming out of Columbia Law School. We believe that entrepreneurship exists in many forms, and is a valuable trait for success, whether it is in the legal world or in the business industry. Our members come together to discuss their ambitions, forge important friendships, pursue their business ideas, host the most interesting personalities, and learn from one another.
Activities & Opportunities
Nurture the Entrepreneurial Spirit
CLES aims to create an environment for the cultivation of existing and new startup ideas. CLES hosts pizza dinners where members share their startup idea, join with other founders to pursue the ideas, and solve legal and business obstacles that these startups may face.
Get Connected to Law Firms
Law firms are interested in recruits who have demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs are leaders, creative thinkers, and decision-makers—all skills highly coveted by top-tier organizations. CLES strives to connect our members with law firms who value their passion and drive. CLES events have included a chairman of a v40 law firm, senior partners, and former law firm associates who have since started ventures.
Build a Bridge to the Business World
Many law school students envision one day entering into the business world. CLES will connect you with like-minded students. We also host events with business and entrepreneurship organizations that will provide unique networking opportunities. We aim to host events featuring investment banks, venture capital firms, hedge funds, and startups to enable our members to start expanding their network and exploring their options.
By Joining CLES, you will have the opportunity to attend these types of events and have a chance to benefit from the topics discussed and the extended networking opportunities.
A Few Things That Set Us Apart!
CLES is led by an executive board with numerous years of business and startup experience. Below are just a few of the startups founded by our members:
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In its inaugural event, CLES hosted seven-time grand slam champion and world #1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic. The event received world-wide attention in major publications, including Sports Illustrated.
CLES aims to continue hosting events with recognized industry leaders.