Thank you all for the help, appreciate the input. From what you've said Berkeley does seem to be likely a better option, but I definitely will look closely at Columbia and consider the very obvious pros of coming here.
In the Admitted Student Handbook they have a list of 25 faculty members you can correspond with, I stupidly in my haste of reading through it managed to think that for some reason this must include all of their IP faculty. Looking at the site now there are 33 IP/tech related courses offered this year and I count 20+ different profs teaching them. Still researching the other schools but this seems pretty extensive. I will be honest though, their Lawyering in the Digital Age clinic is the only one relevant to what I want to do, and it seems less interesting to me than what other schools offer. Given the effectiveness of my last question, has anyone done it and can convince me that it's actually great when compared to the tech/entrepreneurship clinics at other schools in T10?
pa1901 wrote: ties are huge
My ties are very strong. I grew up here and live here now, and my father was himself an IP litigator and general counsel.
iamgeorgebush wrote: i remember thinking they had an equally good patent faculty but CLS had a much better soft IP faculty
Huh, I'll have to look into that. I'm not sure yet what field of IP/tech law I'm really interested in, but it likely won't be patents.
jbagelboy wrote: Cal is best for bay area specifically, but CLS is as strong or stronger than NYU and Chicago for CA placement.
Thanks for the help. I looked at the numbers again and Columbia sends more people to the west coast than I originally thought. Not sure what site I originally got the CA placement numbers from (or if I just misremembered), but the school isn't 100% NYC locked. CA placement looks comparable to the other two mentioned, but given the accuracy of my previous numbers to this point I may want to double-check that.
Thank you again to everyone who answered my questions, I really appreciate it