Columbia Fall 2015 LLM


Student H

Thank you for your response bluecrown. But in the admission letter it was written that I would be notified concerning financial aid decision later. I was admitted through early review. When do you think the financial aid decision will approximately be rendered?

Thank you for your response bluecrown. But in the admission letter it was written that I would be notified concerning financial aid decision later. I was admitted through early review. When do you think the financial aid decision will approximately be rendered?
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Student H

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bluecrown

Thank you for your response bluecrown. But in the admission letter it was written that I would be notified concerning financial aid decision later. I was admitted through early review. When do you think the financial aid decision will approximately be rendered?


I am likewise not certain as regards your case because I applied for the regular cycle. But I would think that the result should be released during the same time that the other offers of admission on the regular cycle (with financial aid enclosed) will be released. Hope that still helps.

<blockquote>Thank you for your response bluecrown. But in the admission letter it was written that I would be notified concerning financial aid decision later. I was admitted through early review. When do you think the financial aid decision will approximately be rendered?</blockquote>

I am likewise not certain as regards your case because I applied for the regular cycle. But I would think that the result should be released during the same time that the other offers of admission on the regular cycle (with financial aid enclosed) will be released. Hope that still helps.
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bluecrown

Hi All!

The only scholarships that Columbia advertises are the Human Rights and Appel Fellowships. But Columbia also gives out other scholarships and financial aid (both partial in terms of tuition fee value, around USD20,000-30,000). You are notified of the latter at the same time that you are notified of your admission.


Thank you very much for this helpful information. Do you perhaps know whether those other scholarships are granted based only on financial need or also based on merit?


Hi! These other scholarships are also need-based from what I know, i.e. financial aid. So at the outset (together with the offer of admission), it will be reflected as financial aid. But Columbia actually has some donors/benefactors who provide scholarships. But it takes a while before Columbia sorts out the designations as to who gets which scholarship title. Some of the financial aid grants eventually get converted into a scholarship (with a title and a benefactor). I think this part becomes merit-based as not all financial aid offers get converted into scholarships. The value of the grant may not change but it would still be nice to actually put the scholarship in your CV, and be recognized by a foundation, for instance, as its scholar.

<blockquote><blockquote>Hi All!

The only scholarships that Columbia advertises are the Human Rights and Appel Fellowships. But Columbia also gives out other scholarships and financial aid (both partial in terms of tuition fee value, around USD20,000-30,000). You are notified of the latter at the same time that you are notified of your admission.</blockquote>

Thank you very much for this helpful information. Do you perhaps know whether those other scholarships are granted based only on financial need or also based on merit?</blockquote>

Hi! These other scholarships are also need-based from what I know, i.e. financial aid. So at the outset (together with the offer of admission), it will be reflected as financial aid. But Columbia actually has some donors/benefactors who provide scholarships. But it takes a while before Columbia sorts out the designations as to who gets which scholarship title. Some of the financial aid grants eventually get converted into a scholarship (with a title and a benefactor). I think this part becomes merit-based as not all financial aid offers get converted into scholarships. The value of the grant may not change but it would still be nice to actually put the scholarship in your CV, and be recognized by a foundation, for instance, as its scholar.
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For all those that have been admitted by the early review process and have already confirmed their admission, what are the alternatives for on and off-campus accommodation?

Any ideas on housing rates??

For all those that have been admitted by the early review process and have already confirmed their admission, what are the alternatives for on and off-campus accommodation?

Any ideas on housing rates??
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bluecrown

For all those that have been admitted by the early review process and have already confirmed their admission, what are the alternatives for on and off-campus accommodation?

Any ideas on housing rates??


For on-campus accommodation, I would suggest Butler Hall (400 W. 119th Street--and not to be confused with Butler Library) and the apartment on 116th Street (right across Columbia Law School!).

These two are relatively in the middle of the budget spectrum for on-campus housing and top the location/amenities portion.

Most apartments for on-campus housing are pre-war apartment buildings and perhaps half of them are walk-ups. Butler and 116th both have elevators and are very much well-maintained. A studio at Butler is around $1700 and a space/room in a 2-bedroom apartment is around $1100-1200. Butler has a doorman, a very visible maintenance staff (for cleaning common areas), washer/dryer in the building, and an in-house service guy (just in case you need help during the night or early morning). The apartment on 116th is closest to CLS (you'll love this especially during winter), has an elevator and a super. I heard the super is really very nice there. They have a lot of couple's housing here but they also do have apartments for singles. this might be around $2000. I believe the other apartment shares are around $1000-1100 per person.

Lionsgate is also very pretty and perhaps has the most spacious apartments among the on-campus ones. It's on 112th (if I'm not mistaken) and also has a doorman and some elevators. The upper floors are occupied by law professors and the lower floors are occupied by law students.

Lenfest is dubbed as the best and most modern apartment at Columbia. And it's where most of the law students will be staying (besides the row of apartments on 114th Street). So it's where most of the quick happenings and meeting places could be made. But it's on 121st Street (note: 120th street is a wide street, but it's definitely within walking distance and closer to CLS compared to other Columbia apartments on the Broadway side) and the price starts at around $2100 for a small studio and can go all the way to around $2500 to almost $3000.

There are so many Columbia apartments from 110ish all the way up to 120sh Street, either on the Amsterdam Avenue side or Broadway side. I believe a space/room in a 2-bedroom apartment is about $1100-1200 for most of the apartments. They very much differ in structure, facilities and size, as well as amenities. Some have washer/dryer while others don't. Some have doormen while others don't (but they always have supers). And some will allow you to rent during the summer (for those who will be taking the Bar) while others won't.

Some apartments are operated by CLS and others by the University Apartment Housing (UAH). Lenfest, Lionsgate, 114th Street Apartments and the 116th Street apartment are CLS-operated. The rest of on-campus apartments are operated by UAH. If an apartment is operated directly by CLS, you can choose this in the preference list when you apply online. UAH apartments are not generally up for preferences (if your apartment of choice is not CLS-operated, you might be able to indicate your preference in the message/others box, if there is any).

These are just estimates from 1-2 years ago. (class of 2014 and class of 2015). Someone might be able to provide better estimates. Hope this helps anyway.

<blockquote>For all those that have been admitted by the early review process and have already confirmed their admission, what are the alternatives for on and off-campus accommodation?

Any ideas on housing rates??</blockquote>

For on-campus accommodation, I would suggest Butler Hall (400 W. 119th Street--and not to be confused with Butler Library) and the apartment on 116th Street (right across Columbia Law School!).

These two are relatively in the middle of the budget spectrum for on-campus housing and top the location/amenities portion.

Most apartments for on-campus housing are pre-war apartment buildings and perhaps half of them are walk-ups. Butler and 116th both have elevators and are very much well-maintained. A studio at Butler is around $1700 and a space/room in a 2-bedroom apartment is around $1100-1200. Butler has a doorman, a very visible maintenance staff (for cleaning common areas), washer/dryer in the building, and an in-house service guy (just in case you need help during the night or early morning). The apartment on 116th is closest to CLS (you'll love this especially during winter), has an elevator and a super. I heard the super is really very nice there. They have a lot of couple's housing here but they also do have apartments for singles. this might be around $2000. I believe the other apartment shares are around $1000-1100 per person.

Lionsgate is also very pretty and perhaps has the most spacious apartments among the on-campus ones. It's on 112th (if I'm not mistaken) and also has a doorman and some elevators. The upper floors are occupied by law professors and the lower floors are occupied by law students.

Lenfest is dubbed as the best and most modern apartment at Columbia. And it's where most of the law students will be staying (besides the row of apartments on 114th Street). So it's where most of the quick happenings and meeting places could be made. But it's on 121st Street (note: 120th street is a wide street, but it's definitely within walking distance and closer to CLS compared to other Columbia apartments on the Broadway side) and the price starts at around $2100 for a small studio and can go all the way to around $2500 to almost $3000.

There are so many Columbia apartments from 110ish all the way up to 120sh Street, either on the Amsterdam Avenue side or Broadway side. I believe a space/room in a 2-bedroom apartment is about $1100-1200 for most of the apartments. They very much differ in structure, facilities and size, as well as amenities. Some have washer/dryer while others don't. Some have doormen while others don't (but they always have supers). And some will allow you to rent during the summer (for those who will be taking the Bar) while others won't.

Some apartments are operated by CLS and others by the University Apartment Housing (UAH). Lenfest, Lionsgate, 114th Street Apartments and the 116th Street apartment are CLS-operated. The rest of on-campus apartments are operated by UAH. If an apartment is operated directly by CLS, you can choose this in the preference list when you apply online. UAH apartments are not generally up for preferences (if your apartment of choice is not CLS-operated, you might be able to indicate your preference in the message/others box, if there is any).

These are just estimates from 1-2 years ago. (class of 2014 and class of 2015). Someone might be able to provide better estimates. Hope this helps anyway.
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jlmarcial

Thanks for the info.

Thanks for the info.
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Thanks for the info @jmarcial, a last question, how about international house?

Thanks for the info @jmarcial, a last question, how about international house?
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coxa1909

Dear bluecrown, what about family housing? If I choose to accept Columbia´s offer I will bring wife and 2 kids wiyh me. I am aware that the school offers apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, but they do not inform where are they located. Do you know? What would be the options in such case? Thank you so much!

Dear bluecrown, what about family housing? If I choose to accept Columbia´s offer I will bring wife and 2 kids wiyh me. I am aware that the school offers apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, but they do not inform where are they located. Do you know? What would be the options in such case? Thank you so much!
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Joy Hopefu...

I have just received the acceptance email! I am from Brazil by the way. Good luck to the rest of the group! Fingers still crossed!


Did you apply on the early cycle or regular cycle? did you apply for the fellowship?

<blockquote>I have just received the acceptance email! I am from Brazil by the way. Good luck to the rest of the group! Fingers still crossed!</blockquote>

Did you apply on the early cycle or regular cycle? did you apply for the fellowship?
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coxa1909

Early review, no fellowship

Early review, no fellowship
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khush88

good luck to everyone else who applied on regular admission!

I got rejected last year and am reapplying this year. And I know ppl in last year's applications who got their admission/rejection emails as last as 2 May 2014.

good luck to everyone else who applied on regular admission!

I got rejected last year and am reapplying this year. And I know ppl in last year's applications who got their admission/rejection emails as last as 2 May 2014.
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bluecrown

Dear bluecrown, what about family housing? If I choose to accept Columbia´s offer I will bring wife and 2 kids wiyh me. I am aware that the school offers apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, but they do not inform where are they located. Do you know? What would be the options in such case? Thank you so much!


Hi!

There should also be on-campus apartments for families. I would say this should be available on the 116th Street apartment as well as in Lenfest Hall. Although, I'm not certain as well. UAH has way more apartment buildings that it manages but you don't really get the info on these until you are allotted an apartment. But you can always indicate that you're looking for an apartment for a family.

<blockquote>Dear bluecrown, what about family housing? If I choose to accept Columbia´s offer I will bring wife and 2 kids wiyh me. I am aware that the school offers apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, but they do not inform where are they located. Do you know? What would be the options in such case? Thank you so much!</blockquote>

Hi!

There should also be on-campus apartments for families. I would say this should be available on the 116th Street apartment as well as in Lenfest Hall. Although, I'm not certain as well. UAH has way more apartment buildings that it manages but you don't really get the info on these until you are allotted an apartment. But you can always indicate that you're looking for an apartment for a family.
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bluecrown

good luck to everyone else who applied on regular admission!

I got rejected last year and am reapplying this year. And I know ppl in last year's applications who got their admission/rejection emails as last as 2 May 2014.


My understanding is that Columbia starts sending offers of admission in March. And simultaneously, rejection letters for those rejected outright. After which, offers are given every time there is an unaccepted offer. So it is highly like that if you don't get an offer or a rejection in March or early April, they are still putting you on hold to be offered a spot if an admitted student does not accept the offer.

<blockquote>good luck to everyone else who applied on regular admission!

I got rejected last year and am reapplying this year. And I know ppl in last year's applications who got their admission/rejection emails as last as 2 May 2014.</blockquote>

My understanding is that Columbia starts sending offers of admission in March. And simultaneously, rejection letters for those rejected outright. After which, offers are given every time there is an unaccepted offer. So it is highly like that if you don't get an offer or a rejection in March or early April, they are still putting you on hold to be offered a spot if an admitted student does not accept the offer.
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coxa1909

Dear bluecrown, what about family housing? If I choose to accept Columbia´s offer I will bring wife and 2 kids wiyh me. I am aware that the school offers apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, but they do not inform where are they located. Do you know? What would be the options in such case? Thank you so much!


Hi!

There should also be on-campus apartments for families. I would say this should be available on the 116th Street apartment as well as in Lenfest Hall. Although, I'm not certain as well. UAH has way more apartment buildings that it manages but you don't really get the info on these until you are allotted an apartment. But you can always indicate that you're looking for an apartment for a family.


Thank you so much!!!!

<blockquote><blockquote>Dear bluecrown, what about family housing? If I choose to accept Columbia´s offer I will bring wife and 2 kids wiyh me. I am aware that the school offers apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, but they do not inform where are they located. Do you know? What would be the options in such case? Thank you so much!</blockquote>

Hi!

There should also be on-campus apartments for families. I would say this should be available on the 116th Street apartment as well as in Lenfest Hall. Although, I'm not certain as well. UAH has way more apartment buildings that it manages but you don't really get the info on these until you are allotted an apartment. But you can always indicate that you're looking for an apartment for a family.</blockquote>

Thank you so much!!!!
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mdm31

Dear bluecrown, what about family housing? If I choose to accept Columbia´s offer I will bring wife and 2 kids wiyh me. I am aware that the school offers apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, but they do not inform where are they located. Do you know? What would be the options in such case? Thank you so much!


Hi!

There should also be on-campus apartments for families. I would say this should be available on the 116th Street apartment as well as in Lenfest Hall. Although, I'm not certain as well. UAH has way more apartment buildings that it manages but you don't really get the info on these until you are allotted an apartment. But you can always indicate that you're looking for an apartment for a family.


I dont think there are 2 bedroom apartments at Lenfest. One bedroom for sure, but it would not work well for a family with two kids.

<blockquote><blockquote>Dear bluecrown, what about family housing? If I choose to accept Columbia´s offer I will bring wife and 2 kids wiyh me. I am aware that the school offers apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, but they do not inform where are they located. Do you know? What would be the options in such case? Thank you so much!</blockquote>

Hi!

There should also be on-campus apartments for families. I would say this should be available on the 116th Street apartment as well as in Lenfest Hall. Although, I'm not certain as well. UAH has way more apartment buildings that it manages but you don't really get the info on these until you are allotted an apartment. But you can always indicate that you're looking for an apartment for a family.</blockquote>

I dont think there are 2 bedroom apartments at Lenfest. One bedroom for sure, but it would not work well for a family with two kids.
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Any luck with admission decisions? For regular track applicants.

Any luck with admission decisions? For regular track applicants.
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bluecrown

Any luck with admission decisions? For regular track applicants.


Hi! My friend just got her offer of admission today; regular cycle; no decision yet on financial aid. But I think that is more of the exception than the norm. The bulk of the offers should be released in March. Best of luck everyone!

<blockquote>Any luck with admission decisions? For regular track applicants. </blockquote>

Hi! My friend just got her offer of admission today; regular cycle; no decision yet on financial aid. But I think that is more of the exception than the norm. The bulk of the offers should be released in March. Best of luck everyone!
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Thanks for the update. Good luck everyone!

Thanks for the update. Good luck everyone!
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Nipsa

Admitted (and delighted) but no financial aid. Regular cycle.

Admitted (and delighted) but no financial aid. Regular cycle.
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