Columbia Law School

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Columbia Law School

Professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States add

Category: Sciences

Founded in 1858.

Countries: United States (77%), (7%), India (2%)

Main connections: Columbia University, Supreme Court of the United States, Jack Greenberg (lawyer)

Linked to: Forbes, Supreme Court of the United States, Harvard Law School, Columbia Business School




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Founded in 1858, Columbia ranks third in the number of alumni who have served on the Supreme Court, ties Harvard for the number of alumni who have served as Chief Justice of the United States, and has more alumni in the Forbes 400 than any other law school add something


The Columbia College of Law School, as it was officially called, was founded in 1858 add something


The first lecture in the Law School was delivered on Monday, Nov. 1, 1858, by Mr. Dwight, at the rooms of the Historical Society add something


John Watts de Peyster, Jr. - In March 1862, while attending the Columbia Law School, he decided to join the staff of his father's first cousin, General Philip Kearny as volunteer aide


Francis Lynde Stetson - He was graduated from Williams College in 1867 and from Columbia Law School in 1869


William Dudley Foulke - He was born in New York City and graduated Columbia University in 1869 and Columbia Law School in 1871


Munroe Smith - He received his A.B. from Amherst College in 1874 and his LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1877


Frank Johnson Goodnow - After private schooling he graduated from Amherst College in 1879 and from Columbia Law School in 1882


William Nelson Cromwell - He worked as an accountant for the attorney Algernon Sydney Sullivan, who paid for his education at Columbia Law School and made him a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell in 1879


After Dwight's departure, William Albert Kenner of the Harvard Law School became Dean of the Law School from 1891 to 1901 when he was succeeded by George Washington Kirchwey add something


In 1891, in response to Columbia's adoption of the case method, Dwight and a number of Columbia professors left the Law School to found New York Law School in Manhattan's Financial District add something


Alva B. Adams - Adams was born in Del Norte, Colorado and graduated from Phillips Academy in 1893, Yale University in 1896, and Columbia Law School in 1899


Future Supreme Court Justice Harlan Fiske Stone graduated from the Law School in 1898 add something


While practicing law in New York, he began lecturing at Columbia Law School in 1899 and joined the faculty as a full professor add something


Franklin D. Roosevelt - Roosevelt entered Columbia Law School in 1904, but dropped out in 1907 after he passed the New York State Bar exam.


He subsequently became Dean of the Law School in 1910 and held the position until 1923 when he left to join the partnership of the first of Sullivan and Cromwell add something


Ted Kiendl - After completing his undergraduate schooling in 1911 he stayed at Columbia and earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from Columbia Law School in 1913


Maurice E. Connolly - Trained as a lawyer at Columbia Law School, he was elected borough president of Queens in 1911, serving until his resignation in 1928


In the 1920s and 30s, the law school soon became known for the development of the legal realism movement add something


John F. Wharton - Born in Newark, New Jersey, Wharton attended Williams College, New York Law School and Columbia Law School, which awarded him a Bachelor of Law in 1920


Simon H. Rifkind - He attended DeWitt Clinton High School, and received a B.S. from City College of New York in 1922 and an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1925


Colgate Darden - He later attended the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and graduated in 1922 before going on to Columbia Law School and Oxford University


For example, civil rights activist, recording artist, and actor Paul Robeson received his law degree from CLS in 1923 add something


Charles L. Brieant - Born 1923 in Ossining, New York, Brieant was in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, and received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1947, and an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1949


Stone became Attorney General of the United States in 1924 and held that Office of almost a year before joining the Supreme Court of the United States as an Associate Justice add something


Herbert Zelenko - He attended public schools and graduated from Columbia University in 1926 and from Columbia Law School in 1928


Abraham Polonsky - In 1928 he entered City College of New York and following graduation, earned his law degree in 1935 at Columbia Law School


Carl E. McGowan - Born in Hymera, Indiana, McGowan received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1932 and an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1936


Paul R. Hays - Hays obtained bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1933


Lawrence K. Karlton - Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935, Karlton received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1958, at the age of 23


Charles Rembar - He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in 1935 and received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1938


Hugh H. Bownes - A native of New York City , Bownes graduated from Columbia College in 1941, and after serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, graduated from Columbia Law School in 1948


Robert L. Carter - Carter earned his LLM from Columbia Law School in 1941, after writing an influential master's thesis that would later define the NAACP's legal strategy on the right to freedom of association under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution


John W. King - He received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1943


Women in law - She was the first black woman admitted to Columbia Law School in 1943 at the age of twenty-four


Jack Greenberg (lawyer) - Greenberg graduated from Columbia College in 1945, and Columbia Law School in 1948


William Fitts Ryan - He graduated from Princeton University in 1947, and two years later, in 1949, he graduated from Columbia Law School


Michael I. Sovern - He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1949, "summa cum laude" from Columbia College in New York City in 1953, and Columbia Law School in 1955, receiving the prestigious John Ordronaux prize for having the highest academic average in his graduating class


Yale Kamisar - Kamisar graduated from the Columbia Law School in 1954 and was at Covington & Burling before becoming a law professor


Charles Proctor Sifton - Born in New York, New York, Sifton received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1957 and an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1961


Giuliano Amato - He received a first degree in law from the University of Pisa in 1960, while attending the prestigious Collegio Medico-Giuridico of the Scuola Normale Superiore, which today is Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, and a masters degree in comparative law from Columbia Law School in 1963


David Stern - He graduated as a history student in 1963, graduated from Columbia Law School in 1966, and was admitted to the bar in New York later that year after passing the state's bar examination


George Latimer (Minnesota politician) - Latimer attended Saint Michael's College and Columbia Law School and practiced law in Saint Paul, Minnesota from 1963 until he was elected mayor


Naomi Reice Buchwald - Buchwald was born in Kingston, New York , New York, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University in 1965 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Columbia Law School in 1968


Robert S. Smith - He graduated from Stanford University in 1965 and from Columbia Law School in 1968, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review


Francis M. Ssekandi - He graduated in 1965 with LL.B from the University of London and obtained his LL.M from Columbia Law School


Robert S. Smith - From 1968 to 2003 he practiced law in New York City with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, taking a one-year leave of absence in 1980-81 to serve as Visiting Professor from Practice at Columbia Law School


Thomas Gulotta - He graduated from Trinity College, and earned a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1969


George Pataki - He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1970


Boston Celtics - Volk had been with the Celtics since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1971 and had been the team's General Counsel since 1976 and the team's Assistant G.M. since 1980


Denise Page Hood - Born in Columbus, Ohio, Hood received a B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1977


Denise Cote - Cote attended Columbia Law School, where she was Notes & Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and she received her law degree in 1975


Brad Miller (politician) - Miller earned a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975, a Master's degree from the London School of Economics in 1978, and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1979.


Roland W. Betts - After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1978, he practiced law in the entertainment department at "Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison" until leaving to finance movies


Thomas Hauser - In 1981, he published a novel, "Ashworth & Palmer", set in a fictional law firm, which was inspired by his experience as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1971 through 1977, following his graduation from Columbia Law School in 1970


David Aaron Kessler - From 1984-1990, Kessler simultaneously ran a 431-bed teaching hospital in New York City and taught at the Columbia Law School and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Ever since "U.S. News & World Report" began ranking law schools in 1987, Columbia Law has appeared in the Top 5 each year, an honor shared only with Yale, Harvard, and Stanford add something


In September 1988, Columbia Law School founded the first AIDS Law Clinic in the country, taught by Professor Deborah Greenberg and Mark Barnes add something


In 1996, the Law School was extensively renovated, including the addition of a new entrance façade and three story skylit lobby, as well as the expansion of existing space to include an upper level students' commons, lounge areas, and a café add something


Jeremy Waldron - Waldron gave the second series of Seeley Lectures at Cambridge University in 1996, the 1999 Carlyle Lectures at Oxford, the spring 2000 University Lecture at Columbia Law School, the Wesson Lectures at Stanford University in 2004, and the Storrs Lectures at Yale Law School in 2007


Robinne Lee - A graduate of Columbia Law School, Lee began her acting career as part of the ensemble cast of the romantic comedy "Hav Plenty" in 1997, which was shown at Toronto Film Festival


Ryan Karben - He attended the Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, graduating in 1999


Sonia Sotomayor - She has been a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School since 1999, a paying, adjunct faculty position


Judge Sotomayor created and co-taught a course entitled "The Federal Appellate Externship" every semester at the Law School since the fall 2000 add something


Lenfest Hall, the Law School's premier residence, opened in August 2003 add something


David Leebron - He has been a professor and dean of Columbia Law School, until he was named president of Rice University on July 1, 2004


Columbia University law school has one of the largest international alliances with China, and with Peking University, specifically, a joint exchange program that begin in 2006 when students could be exchanged for a semester, which was expanded as a program in 2011 to allow faculty to teach or co-teach courses abroad, and which was expanded as a program again in 2013 when Columbia Law School Dean David Schizer and Peking University Law School Dean Zhang Shouwen signed a memorandum of understanding between the universities, allowing for joint publications and joint seminars between faculty at add something


In 2006, the Law School embarked on an ambitious campaign to increase the number of faculty by fifty percent without increasing the number of students add something


In April 2006, Columbia announced that it was starting the nation's first clinic in sexuality and gender law add something


In 2007, Columbia opened a new program in law and technology add something


In the summer of 2008, construction of a new floor in Jerome Greene Hall was completed providing 38 new faculty offices add something


On May 26, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia since 1999, to be a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States add something


In 2012, the QS World University Rankings ranked Columbia Law School 5th best law school in the world add something


Jack Greenberg (lawyer) - As of fall 2013, Greenberg still taught at Columbia Law School, and served as a senior director of LDF.


Edward Hidalgo - He graduated from Holy Cross College in 2013, and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1936


Jack Greenberg (lawyer) - In January 2014, a daylong symposium in his Greenberg's honor was held at Columbia Law School


In 2015, the Attorney General of the United States , the Solicitor General and the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division were all graduates of the Law School add something


Amal Alamuddin - For the spring 2018 semester, Clooney is teaching at Columbia Law School, again as a co-professor with Sarah H. Cleveland on a core class on human rights