Columbia Law School is renowned for the intellectual rigors of its curriculum and the groundbreaking scholarship of its faculty. Columbia Law School was founded as one of the first law schools in the United States and a charter member of the American Association of Law Schools. The Law School's first dean, Theodore W. Dwight, did much to form the superiority of academic training via office instruction (the era's norm) to a skeptical legal profession. Drawing unparalleled strength from the vast interdisciplinary resources of our distinguished research university—and the global stage that is our New York City location—our students complete their legal training ready to engage the world’s most challenging issues across borders, jurisdictions, subject matters, sectors, and industries. Our training includes J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. programs.