Frequently Asked Questions
Columbia Law School’s May 29-30 Reunion Weekend 2020 has been postponed. More information will be available at a later date.
The Columbia Law School community looks forward to welcoming you back to New York City and Morningside Heights
Are there special rates for accommodations?
Mention your Columbia University affiliation to receive special rates at the hotels listed below.
What is the recommended attire?
Business attire is recommended for Friday afternoon and evening events. Casual dress is suggested for Saturday daytime activities. Cocktail attire is recommended for Saturday evening.
What do I do with my bags during Reunion Weekend? Additionally, we may be going to the Lincoln Center tour on Friday, but they seem to have a very strict no-bags policy, which may affect our plans.
On Friday, May 29th, Columbia Law School has arranged for a complimentary baggage check at Cipriani 42nd Street for alumni and their guests, with those registered for the Lincoln Center tour (where there is a strict no-bags policy), particularly in mind. Early baggage check will be available at 12 p.m.
On Saturday, when we will be on campus, baggage check facilities will be available in the Registration area, in Jerome L. Greene Hall on Saturday morning and afternoon, and in Midtown for various Class Dinner events.
Can I cancel my reservation and receive a full refund?
A full refund can be granted only if we receive your request by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2020. After this time, refunds cannot be granted. For the standard Columbia Law School refund policy, please see our E-Commerce page. Due to certain space limitations, however, as well as for optimal planning overall, we appreciate cancellation notifications at any time.
Are there childcare options available?
Baby Sitters' Guild
477 Madison Ave, 6th Floor
In business for over half a century, the Guild can dispatch a bilingual sitter (16 languages are represented), or one with a nursing background, to all five boroughs. Rates start at $34 per hour and vary based on the age and number of children (in cash). Sitters are 25 or older. There is a minimum of four hours, plus $4.50 for travel costs until midnight and $10 thereafter ($5 more per hour for foreign-language-speaking sitters). Columbia Law School is not affiliated with Baby Sitters' Guild.
Barnard Babysitting Service
Families must register before requesting an undergraduate student babysitter and should give at least two-day advance notice. Rates average between $15 to $20 per hour with a two-hour minimum (in cash); families are expected to pay for meals and transportation after 9 p.m. Please visit the "Information for Babysitting Clients” for step-by-step instructions to apply for an account and request a sitter. Please make your request early as a limited number of babysitters will be available. Columbia Law School is not affiliated with Barnard Babysitting Service.
Pinch Sitters is a babysitting service that cares for children of all ages and in all capacities. Their professional sitters work in a home, office, or hotel. You will need to complete their registration form and the agency will contact you.
Sitters charge $22 per hour with a four-hour minimum (in cash), plus additional transportation fees after 10 p.m. (up to $15). For cancellations with less than 24-hour notice, there is a $45 fee. Families may share a sitter and rates are determined by the number of children and their ages. Services are available in Manhattan and select areas of Queens and Brooklyn. Same-day requests are taken with a two-hour turnaround time (if a sitter is available). All sitters have at least three years of experience, have a background and reference checks, and are English-speaking, professional women between the ages of 23 and 45. Columbia Law School is not affiliated with Pinch Sitters.
Can I bring my children to Reunion?
Our Saturday Summer Picnic Luncheon under the Ancel Plaza Tent is family-friendly and will include clowns, face painters, and balloon artists—children are most welcome! There will also be a hospitality snack table in Jerome Greene Hall on Saturday with drinks and light snacks available. Other Reunion Weekend events are more suitable for adults, such as the Panel Discussions and evening Class Receptions and Dinners. Read more about childcare options.
Do I need to register for my class dinner?
Yes! Your class dinner is a seated event and space is limited–be sure to register in advance! We can accept walk-in attendees on a space-available basis, but we strongly encourage you to register by Friday, May 22, 2020.
Where can I purchase Columbia Law School memorabilia?
For those wishing to purchase Columbia memorabilia, the Columbia University Bookstore, located at 2922 Broadway at 115th Street on the lower level of Lerner Hall, will be open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 212-854-4131 or visit the Columbia Bookstore online for more information. All major credit cards are accepted.
There will also be a Columbia University Bookstore pop-up table in Jerome L. Greene Hall on Saturday, May 30th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Can I receive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit during Reunion weekend?
Application for New York accreditation of this program will be pending until closer to the date. Please see the Panels and Discussions information.
Attorneys wishing to receive CLE credit must sign the register both prior to and following the CLE program.
What do I do if I have a dietary restriction?
Kosher and vegetarian food options will be available at each Reunion meal. To ensure that the dietary needs of all of our guests are met, please register online via your class schedule page, with your food preferences and restrictions noted, by Friday, May 22, 2020.
Is there an Early Registration Discount if I register early for Reunion Weekend?
Yes! To qualify for the “Early Registration” 15 percent discount rate on your reservation cost total, you must register online by midnight (EDT) on Friday, May 8, 2020. After midnight on Friday, May 8, 2020, the discount will no longer apply. Please visit our Payment Information page for additional information.
Is parking available near Campus?
Parking in the Morningside Heights area can be difficult. We strongly encourage you to use public transportation. However, limited parking is available in the vicinity of the Law School (116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue) as listed below. You may also check nyc.bestparking.com for parking garages in the neighborhood (often with discounts or coupons).
Claremont Parking Corporation
480 Riverside Drive
(Entrance on West 120th Street between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive)
E & B Operating Corporation
143 West 108th Street
(between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)
520 West 112th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
Pro Park America
1090 Amsterdam Avenue
(Entrance on West 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
532 West 122nd Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
West Side Parking
234 West 108th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
Is there parking available near The New York Public Library and the Andaz Hotel?
The Library and the Andaz Hotel are located in the heart of New York City. While they do not offer parking on-site, many parking facilities are within walking distance of the building’s location. Please see the list below.
102 West 39th Street
(between Broadway and Sixth Avenue)
80 Car Park - Lot # 67
80 Park Avenue
(Entrance on East 39th Street between Madison and Park Avenues)
20 East 39th Street
(between Madison and Park Avenues)
143-145 W 40th St
(between Seventh Avenue and Broadway)
67 West 43rd Street
(between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Grand Central Parking
60 East 44th Street
(between Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues)
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept payment by credit card, from cards bearing the logo of American Express, MasterCard Worldwide, or Visa, Inc., and by check provided that it is drawn in U.S. dollars from a U.S. branch of a U.S. bank.
We regret that we cannot accept any cash payment, including banknotes and coins, cashier’s check, traveler’s check, money order, or checks drawn from foreign banks.
Please note that Reunion registration fees and gift monies are processed separately and result in separate credit card charges. If you are paying your registration fee by check and want to include a gift, separate checks would be gratefully received. Both fees and gift checks should be made out to “Columbia Law School.”
Additional information, such as the deadlines for the discount and refund periods, is available on the Payment Information page.
Is there a professional photographer and videographer during Reunion weekend?
Photographers and videographers will be present throughout Reunion weekend. Columbia Law School retains the right to publish content in any format or media without additional permission from the individuals in the photos or videos.
What if I am religiously observant during Reunion?
Our Reunion programming, with morning, afternoon, and evening activities scheduled throughout the weekend is designed to provide opportunities for cultural, professional, and social interaction with classmates for observant alumni of all faiths.
Do I need to register for Reunion weekend in advance?
We can accept walk-in attendees on a space-available basis, but we strongly encourage registering for Reunion 2020 by the May 22 deadline so we may better accommodate you. Registration will open in the Spring. In addition, your seated class dinner and many of our social and cultural events only have a limited number of places and require registration for a reservation. Please note that some of our events occur simultaneously and should be scheduled accordingly.
What is the Stone Circle?
The Stone Circle honors alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. It is named for the Hon. Harlan Fiske Stone, who graduated from Columbia Law School in 1898, served on the Columbia Law School faculty from 1902 to 1905, and led the Law School as dean from 1910 to 1924. Later he became attorney general of the United States (1924), associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1925), and chief justice (1941).
The Stone Circle was established by Columbia Law School alumni as a jovial gathering of graduates and friends who recalled fondly the era when Harlan Fiske Stone was dean. Today we invite alumni to join the Stone Circle on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Stone Circle members are a distinguished and vibrant part of our alumni community; they gather together at a luncheon each fall to welcome new members and celebrate dear friends.
What should I do if I or one of my family has special needs?
Should you require assistance during your visit to campus, we would be pleased to help you. To ensure we have adequate time to prepare, please contact us no later than the registration deadline, May 22, 2020. Direct all requests to the Reunion Office at 212-854-0533.
How do I get to the Columbia campus on public transportation?
Please remember that the only subway line that stops at 116th Street and Broadway is the 1. The M11 bus travels up Amsterdam Avenue and stops at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, and the M104 bus travels up Broadway and stops at 116th Street and Broadway. The M4 bus travels up Madison Avenue, crosses on 110th Street, and then turns up Broadway and makes a stop at 116th Street.
Yellow taxis can be flagged from most city streets at any time of the day or night. In addition, Boro Taxis can be flagged in the outer boroughs and in Manhattan above 96th Street. They are recognizable by their apple-green color.
A New York City wheelchair-accessible taxi can be requested by calling the 311 operator; calling the dispatch center directly at 646-599-9999; texting a request to 646-400-0789; using the mobile app “Wheels on Wheels;” or ordering online.
How can I find out what my UNI is? (And what is a UNI?)
Should you need either to discover and activate your UNI or to remind yourself of it, you can look it up online, or, alternatively, we would be pleased to assist you. (Tip: Once you have your UNI, make sure to enter its letters in lowercase.)
To look up your UNI online, please visit the Columbia Alumni Association's Help with Your UNI page. (You can also use this page to request a password reset if you have forgotten it.) To reach the Reunion Office for assistance, contact us at [email protected] or 212-854-0533.
The term "UNI," which is short for University Network ID, is your virtual ID for the Columbia system, equivalent to a username or log-on on other systems. It is preassigned to you by the University's IT department, based on your initials (at the time of creation/during your studenthood) and an arbitrary number. If you did not have a UNI as a student, you do have one now; if you did have a UNI as a student, it is almost always your UNI as an alumna/us.