Students stand in a group in the lobby of Jerome Greene Hall.

Dean’s Welcome

Columbia Law School is a place of ideas, innovation, and impact.

Welcome to Columbia Law School!

Our faculty are thought leaders who advance society’s understanding of the law and how it shapes policy. They are leading scholars and experienced practitioners who are deeply committed to excellence in the classroom.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences and immerse themselves in a strong and supportive community that challenges them to grow personally and intellectually. They are eager to engage, lead, and effect change.

Gillian Lester smiling with crossed arms
Gillian Lester, Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law

Our curriculum provides a foundational grounding in the law—a hallmark of Columbia’s tradition of educating skilled and sought-after lawyers—while exposing students to practical training through our extensive experiential curriculum.

Our home in New York City provides unparalleled access to career opportunities in the epicenter of the global economy and the legal profession. Our connection to Columbia—one of the world’s preeminent research universities—serves as an incubator for interdisciplinary study and innovation.

Our alumni are leaders at the pinnacle of their fields who influence pivotal decisions each day. Graduates join a lifelong network that spans the globe and reaches across sectors and industries. Columbia-trained lawyers are prepared—starting on day one—to anticipate and confront the challenges of our time. Explore for yourself what makes Columbia Law such a unique and vibrant place. 

Gillian Lester
Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law 


Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean oversees the academic and administrative operations of Columbia Law School, including intellectual life and curricular planning, faculty affairs and support, and internal and external communications.