Dean Schizer Welcomes Class of 2011

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August 28, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School Dean David M. Schizer delivered a welcome address to the Class of 2011 this month in which he said the group was “destined to occupy positions of leadership, in every sector, all over the world.”
Schizer said the Law School’s goal was to train them “not only to ‘think like a lawyer,’ but to ‘think like a leader.’”
Noting that “individuals and societies are defined by the choices they make,” Schizer focused on two important lessons that he said will become second nature to the students over the course of their law school careers.
“First, you will come to see the significance not only of the decisions that you make, but also of the reasons that you give, and the broadranging implications that reasoning can have,” Schizer said. “Second, you will focus more on the process by which a decision is made – on who makes the decision, and how they make it .”
Schizer noted in the speech that thee Class of 2011 was joining the Law School amidst its 150th anniversary.
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