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#1 in Private Sector Salary
Columbia Law is tied for #1 in terms of the median starting salary among graduates working in private practice as law firm associates ($180,000).
#1 in Highest Tuition
Columbia Law ranks #1 in terms of highest tuition among full-time law students ($69,916). We rank from a total of 283 tuition rates from 194 law schools, ranking twice those law schools that have different in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.
#3 in Median LSAT
Columbia Law is tied for #3 in terms of the median LSAT score (172) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students. The LSAT measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.
#4 in Employment Rate at Graduation
#5 in Employment Rate at 10 MonthsColumbia Law ranks #4 in terms of graduates employed at the time of graduation (92.4%) and #5 in terms of graduates employed ten months after graduation (93.3%).
#5 in Library Size
Columbia Law ranks #5 in terms of library size with 1,302,920 volumes or equivalents.
#6 in Acceptance Rate
Columbia Law ranks #6 in terms of student selectivity with an acceptance rate of 16.8% among those who applied for admission.
#6 in Bar Passage Rate
Columbia Law ranks #6 in terms of bar passage rate among first-time test takers (97.7%), and it outperforms by +22.0% the state of New York’s overall bar passage rate of 75.7%. (A national comparison on this metric should be taken in a qualified sense and with caution, because every state has a different bar passage rate.)
#15 in Student to Faculty Ratio
Columbia Law is tied for #15 in terms of lowest student to faculty ratio (4.9:1).
#24 in Median Undergraduate GPA
Columbia Law ranks #24 in terms of highest median undergraduate GPA (3.75) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students.
#32 in Presence of Minority Students
Columbia Law ranks #32 in terms of the highest percentage of students who are racial or ethnic minority (49.8%).
#34 in Public Sector Salary
Columbia Law is tied for #34 in terms of median starting salary among graduates working in government jobs or judicial clerkships at the federal or state level ($60,000).
#105 in Presence of Minority Faculty
Columbia Law ranks #105 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are racial or ethnic minority (12.2%).
#148 in Presence of Female Faculty
Columbia Law is tied for #148 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are female (34.4%).
Fall 2020 Application Information
|Application Deadline:||February 15|
|LSAT Score (Median)||172||171|
|LSAT Score (25th-75th percentile)||170-174||168-173|
|GPA Range (25th-75th percentile)||3.63-3.84||3.59-3.81|
Bar Exam Statistics
|State in which most graduates took bar exam:||NY||NY|
|School's bar passage rate:||97.7%||92.4%|
|State overall bar passage rate:||75.7%||72.7%|
|School bar pass rate vs. state bar pass rate:||+22.0%||+19.7%|
|Graduates employed at graduation:||92.4%||93.6%|
|Graduates employed 10 months after graduation:||93.3%||95.7%|
Tuition and Expenses
|Room and Board:||$19,190||$17,472|
|Proportion of full-time students receiving grants:||50.2%||47.8%|
|Median grant amount among full-time students:||$22,000||$18,000|
|Average indebtedness of those who incurred debt:||$163,736||$168,627|
|Proportion of graduates who incurred debt:||66.7%||59.2%|
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Students & Faculty
|Student Racial Demographics:||
|Student-to-Faculty Ratio:||4.9 : 1||N/A|
Full-Time Starting Salaries
|Private Sector (Median):||$180,000||$160,000|
|Public Sector (Median):||$60,000||$47,897|
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|Volumes and equivalents:||1,302,920||1,304,713|