Music Man

Every morning, he played the piano. He didn’t play the classics, like Für Elise or Moonlight Sonata. No, instead, he would play the Beatles, Billy Joel, and Luther Vandross. Sad, soulful, sweet.…

Booked: Fall 2015 Book Reviews

“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg Aziz Ansari, probably best known for his role as Tom Haverford on the fantastic “Parks and Recreation,” declined to write a traditional comedian-celebrity’s memoir…

Letter from the Editor: The Art of Self-Discovery

There are different dimensions of identity embedded within every personality. For us law students, there is the typical external law school identity of being logical, intense, responsible, type-A, “thinking” and “judging” in…


As a first-time operagoer, I did not know what to expect when I bought a ticket to a highly acclaimed performance of “Turandot.” I thought, hey, this could be a new experience.…


  When I was applying to law schools, I devoted a part of my application essay to how my being an avid violist would make me an excellent candidate for admission. I…

The Diva in Me

I am a performer. I was only five when I first performed for a large crowd, dancing in the “The Nutcracker” ballet and a traditional Korean dance piece before hundreds of people.…

The Strangeness of Yellow

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do To swell a progress, start a scene or two, Advise the prince; no…

Letter from the Editor: The Art of Imagination

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.” – Roald Dahl When I joined the Muckraker as the Art Director last year, my reason for doing so (I must confess) was simple and selfish: I needed to escape the realities of law school. Weary from the constant internal battles between the artist and the lawyer, I sought comfort in the idea of escaping from the law and hiding in the arts. And so, I told Sam Wishman that I would “love to […]

A Year to Remember

I distinctly remember the first day of orientation last August – both anxious and excited to have left a very different world as a corporate lawyer in India to embark on my year-long LL.M. journey. Today, as this journey nears its end, I look back on this past year with affection and satisfaction. And I can only say one thing: If I could, I would do it all over again! Over the course of this past year, I developed some deep bonds with my colleagues and professors, which I am sure will stay with me for […]

Fiction: Stay, Flurry

Illustrated by Yoonji Woo It was one of the happiest days of Violet’s life, her 9th birthday. She named her new Shetland Sheepdog “Flurry,” because he was always moving in an adorable…

On Friendships

As I look back on the last three years (!) of my life, one thing sticks out above all. It isn’t the classes, free pizza, happy hours, or journal work, although all that stuff was cool too. What I’ll always remember and cherish are the friendships I’ve made here. The truth is, I didn’t expect it to be so easy. For a 1L, CLS can be an intimidating place: the subject matter in class is alien, and the students are accomplished, driven, and hyper-intelligent. I didn’t expect nastiness, but I figured law school would be more […]

On Growth and Transformations

Anyone who has met me knows that I bleed blue. I went to Columbia College and come from a Columbia family. I’ve been going to homecoming for as long as I can remember and there are pictures of me with a Columbia pennant above my crib. Having been exposed to Columbia and told what an amazing institution it is for years, I came into my freshman year of college with high expectations. I expected that college would be my time to become an adult, figure out exactly what I want to do, and transform into a […]

The World in an LL.M. Classroom

Despite my initial inclination to find comfort in befriending some Spanish-speaking students like myself, the LL.M. program at Columbia started teaching me lessons the moment I stepped into Jerome Greene Hall. Many times, when we say we embrace diversity, we mean enjoying world cuisine or traveling to other countries for vacation; yet, appreciating real diversity—beyond just good food and world wonders—is without a doubt one of the best things I’ll take from the LL.M. program this year. I am lucky to have had a dose of the world every day, when I find myself staring at […]


When this year’s LL.M. students gathered together for the first time in August 2014, lawyers from various countries and backgrounds – transactional lawyers, fierce litigators, human rights activists, and scholars from all around the world, all with different skills and stories to tell – became students again. Despite our different backgrounds and viewpoints, we were all united under a common quest – a quest to learn, to share, and to strive for enlightenment. And CLS was our lighthouse in this quest. Located in New York City, Columbia is a diamond among the Ivy League schools. Its […]

The Eclipse

Bodies bound to worlds apart Daylight may reach in vain, Never to touch the nightly realm Nor share the same celestial plane; These laws of nature cannot change. Yet then, every now…

Morning Mirage

Even though she could be a bitch, inward inclined and, at times, lost in her mind when he awoke to find the long dark hair and warm skin of last night’s mistake…

The Kids Are Alright: Reflections on Law School

I’d received the news by phone. I was in Atlanta at the time, away from my family, when Mom called to let me know I’d received some massive blue box in the mail. It wasn’t a slim envelope, so we both immediately knew the thing’s import. I’d barely hung up the phone when I’d started getting questions from friends, acquaintances, family of friends, friends of family, family of acquaintances, acquaintances of acquaintances, varied in wording, but all carrying the same DNA: “Do you think I should go to law school?” Some of these people have already […]

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