Kent, an influential jurist who served as a justice on the New York State Supreme Court, taught Roman law and logic at Columbia College, and was an inspiration for the establishment of legal education at the institution.
As described by former Law School warden Theodore W. Dwight in his 1889 history of Columbia Law School, “Kent was truly many-sided. He was a fine classical scholar, a great student, a most persuasive and lucid writer, accustomed to broad lines of thought, in character most admirable, and wholly unaffected and genuine in manners, as befitted a man of eminent ability.”
Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School combines traditional strengths in corporate law and financial regulation, international and comparative law, property, contracts, constitutional law, and administrative law with pioneering work in intellectual property, digital technology, tax law and policy, national security, human rights, sexuality and gender, and environmental law.