Columbia Class of 2018

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2018)

Why did you choose Columbia?

Location
19
17%
Prestige/ranking
42
37%
Job prospects
28
25%
Professors and academics
7
6%
$$ The big fat Hamilton I got $$
17
15%
 
Total votes: 113

wsag826
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby wsag826 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:30 pm

mmarion44 wrote:Eh, don't underestimate how big a deal UVA is in DC. It's far and away the biggest alumni network in the legal sector of Washington and far more UVA grads work there than anywhere else. You'd be right to say it's not as automatic as the Chicago and NY schools are for their respective cities, but UVA should be the DC litmus school; it has a better network there than Georgetown by a not inconsiderable margin.


Which makes my decision even more difficult given that I also have UVA to consider. Going to be a tough spring but needless to say, glad to have choices!

titusandronicus
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby titusandronicus » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:37 pm

Can anyone point me to some more substantial information on what the Hamilton mentorship actually entails? I know about the opportunity to do research with the professor in the 2L and 3L year, but what other opportunities are available for a Hamilton fellow?

TheoO
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby TheoO » Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:55 pm

It's just a full-ride scholarship. It's named, so you can put it on your resume. There's not much to it than that. I'm pretty sure any student can do research with a prof during their time at the school.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby mvp_13 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:08 pm

Hey all-- I was nominated for a Paul Richman Fellowship but cannot find anything about it anywhere, including old threads. The C/O 2017 had a poster ask, but no one replied. Have to interview for it on the 6th but don't know how to prepare! I was wondering whether anyone is in a similar situation or knows anything about it. Thanks and congrats to you all!

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ph5354a
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby ph5354a » Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:15 pm

tina wrote:
the_scoundrel wrote:Checking in. Top choice so far, but the prospect of housing in Manhattan is giving me serious anxiety. I've got an SO and a dog, so a lot of the subsidized options are nonstarters. Anyone have a similar reaction/situation to making Columbia work?


Hey 1L here! Columbia housing is pretty accommodating to students with SO's and will look the other way on dogs as long as they're small and you're in an unfurnished apt.


Ditto. I'm in UAH (not law school housing) and have had a medium sized dog for the past two years and have never once had a problem. I was basically told "Unless it becomes a problem, we don't care." Definitely still do an application for UAH and at least see what they offer you before you go down the rabbit hole of NYC real estate. Vast majority of people I know with spouses, families, SOs, pets, etc. are very pleased with their situation.

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cc78
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby cc78 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:53 pm

mvp_13 wrote:Hey all-- I was nominated for a Paul Richman Fellowship but cannot find anything about it anywhere, including old threads. The C/O 2017 had a poster ask, but no one replied. Have to interview for it on the 6th but don't know how to prepare! I was wondering whether anyone is in a similar situation or knows anything about it. Thanks and congrats to you all!


+1. I am in the same boat and would love to learn something, anything, about this program.


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cc78
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby cc78 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:16 pm



Yes, a simple google search uncovers this, but it just talks about the center and the establishment of two endowed professorships, but nothing of the fellowship/scholarship program. Surely there's some of these folks walking around CLS these days who might decide to chime in?

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fastforward
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby fastforward » Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:09 am

Surely there's some of these folks walking around CLS these days who might decide to chime in?


If no one chimes in, this link (and other Google search results) will tell you what you need to know to prep for the interview.

All the best.

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mr.plum
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby mr.plum » Sun Feb 15, 2015 3:57 pm

Those going to both NYU and Columbia's ASW from March 4 - 6: is anyone thinking about sharing a hotel room to reduce cost?

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Atmosphere
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby Atmosphere » Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:50 pm

Just got the email for the Los Angeles reception, stoked!

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dlrkgml
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby dlrkgml » Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:07 pm

Checking in! I will definitely be attending the March ASW. I know NYU is taking students out in the city to dinner.... cab over to NYU in time for dinner? :D (jk, sort of, not really)

mmarion44
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby mmarion44 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:25 pm

Hey so has anyone heard anything about housing? The website says housing apps were supposed to go live Feb 16, but it also says you need your PID number which is supposed to come through e-mail. Has anyone gotten theirs?

jrc223
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby jrc223 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:32 pm

mmarion44 wrote:Hey so has anyone heard anything about housing? The website says housing apps were supposed to go live Feb 16, but it also says you need your PID number which is supposed to come through e-mail. Has anyone gotten theirs?


Still waiting on mine, but I was only accepted about a week ago

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LetsGoMets
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby LetsGoMets » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:34 am

Nothing here, and my acceptance letter was dated 2/3. Any EDers get anything yet?

mmarion44
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby mmarion44 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:22 am

Nah, I'm actually ED and the website says housing info usually comes with the acceptance letter so I was just afraid we EDers had maybe been overlooked, but it seems like no one has gotten anything

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LetsGoMets
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby LetsGoMets » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:54 am

Thanks for the info. Yeah, I'm guessing they're going to do it en masse for all admits, hopefully this week. Unfortunately I think this is our first taste of Columbia's byzantine, borderline Kafkaesque bureaucracy.

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Jessasaurus
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby Jessasaurus » Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:07 pm

I really thought I knew most of the columbia 1ls who were on tls, but coming to this thread has made me realize I do not.

Re: positive/negative question

Positive: NO FRIDAY CLASS (for a majority of the class unless you are one of the few unlucky souls to have a friday LPW)

Legal methods (the three week joke class at the start of your first semester) is a super awesome way to ease into law school because it is as I said a huge joke but gets you into cold calling and reading in a low stress environment and because it doesn't matter you get to go out with your classmates constantly so it's super easy to meet people.

Negative:
The chairs in the classrooms are really annoying because they are too close together

Gym is shitty

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EquallyWrong
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby EquallyWrong » Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:20 pm

LetsGoMets wrote:Columbia's byzantine, borderline Kafkaesque bureaucracy.

I'd describe the lack of administrative streamlining as enhanced interrogationesque.

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Four Winds
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby Four Winds » Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:07 am

Jessasaurus wrote:Gym is shitty


How shitty are we talking? And is it normally crawling with undergrads?

xerxes2018
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby xerxes2018 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:19 pm

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xerxes2018
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby xerxes2018 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:20 pm

thisone2014 wrote:yay! Is there a Facebook group I should add to the OP? saw they had one last year but don't know if there's one this year


Yep https://www.facebook.com/groups/387745384721709/

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Jessasaurus
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby Jessasaurus » Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:29 pm

Four Winds wrote:
Jessasaurus wrote:Gym is shitty


How shitty are we talking? And is it normally crawling with undergrads?


Yes crawling with undergrads. And we are talking incredibly shitty. Sign up for use of machines but can only use them a half hour (if any are even available). The place is like always busy and crowded. Really just not enough equipment for all the people who use it.

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Four Winds
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby Four Winds » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:22 pm

Jessasaurus wrote:
Four Winds wrote:
Jessasaurus wrote:Gym is shitty


How shitty are we talking? And is it normally crawling with undergrads?


Yes crawling with undergrads. And we are talking incredibly shitty. Sign up for use of machines but can only use them a half hour (if any are even available). The place is like always busy and crowded. Really just not enough equipment for all the people who use it.


Yikes. Thanks for the insight. Do most law students brave the stampede or do they opt for non-Columbia options (NYSC etc.)?

cloudysky
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Re: Columbia Class of 2018

Postby cloudysky » Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:48 pm

Hi everyone, I've got a bit of a conundrum. I've recently been admitted to Columbia. However, due to a stupid oversight on my part missing the deadline to drop a course, I find myself at risk of failing one of my courses in my last term. Even if I fail this course, I'll still have all my requirements to graduate, and my other marks will be consistent with the GPA that I used to apply with. My question is do you guys think failing a course in my last term will jeopardize my admission to Columbia?




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