Deans'-Eye View


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"In everything we do, we are standing on the shoulders of giants,'' said Dean David M. Schizer earlier this year, introducing a ten-minute video about Columbia Law School to celebrate the Sesquicentennial.

He and six other living deans described how their administrations prepared graduates to practice in a changing, and increasingly globalized, world. Those deans are Michael Sovern (1970-1979), Benno Schmidt (1984-1986), Barbara Aronstein Black (1986-1991), Lance Liebman (1991-1996), David Leebron (1996-2004) and Albert Rosenthal (1979-1984).


Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.