People walking across a busy street in Manhattan

Your Campus, Your City

Live and learn in New York City’s Morningside Heights, a diverse and vibrant neighborhood in the capital of culture, finance, business, media, and law.

Columbia University is home to 40,000-plus students, faculty, and staff from every corner of the globe. Our campus is a thriving social hub as well as a forum for lively intellectual debate. Morningside Heights, located in Manhattan and nestled between Harlem and the Upper West Side, embodies the intimacy, quirkiness, and vibe of a traditional college town. Lively but not crowded, the neighborhood hosts nearly a dozen educational institutions in addition to the Law School. 

Students talking under cherry trees

Campus Life

Workout and de-stress in the Dodge Fitness Center, mingle with classmates in Jerome Green Hall (the Law School’s main building), study at the Law School’s Arthur W. Diamond Law Library or utilize one of Columbia University’s 14 other libraries, and then grab coffee with friends at Lenfest Cafe in Jerome Green Hall.

Leave the Library, Take A Right:


Minutes to Lincoln Center, Midtown Manhattan, Times Square


Minutes to Yankee Stadium, Greenwich Village, the High Line, Whitney Museum


Minutes to SoHo, Tribeca, and Chinatown


Minutes Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barclays Center

Brownstones in Manhattan

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Columbia’s location in Morningside Heights offers easy access to iconic neighborhoods and cultural institutions—not to mention endless sources of entertainment. Visit iconic landmarks like Grant’s Tomb and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, bike and run along the Hudson River in Riverside Park, and explore the rest of the city with ease via multiple subway and bus lines.


Skyscrapers in Manhattan, looking up

A City of Professional and Pro Bono Opportunities

For lawyers in training, innumerable opportunities for professional development are minutes away. From internships at top companies to pro bono work that contributes to the life and health of the city to prestigious government clerkships, Columbia Law offers numerous experiential learning opportunities

Sheep meadow in Central Park

Fun In the City

Law School students can find endless ways to relax and recharge by exploring the city. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to hole-in-the-wall galleries, Broadway musicals to performance art in Brooklyn, Lincoln Center to the Blue Note: New York has every kind of culture and entertainment you can imagine (and some you can’t).