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Constance Baker Motley
Moot Court Competition

“Something which we think is impossible now, is not impossible in another decade.
— Judge Constance Baker Motley
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Getting to Columbia

Columbia Law School is centered in Jerome L. Greene Hall at Columbia University:

Columbia Law School
Jerome L. Greene Hall
435 116th St. (at Amsterdam Avenue)
New York, NY 10027

The Law School provides travel overview for getting here. A map of the Columbia campus is also available. The University has general information about the neighborhood.


If you're flying to Columbia, we highly recommend flying into LaGuardia Airport. You can take the M60 bus to within a block of Columbia Law (at 116th St.) and the Hostelling International New York youth hostel (at 103 St.). Depending on the hour of day (or night) it will take between half an hour and an hour and a half. A taxi will be $40-$50, and take less than half an hour unless it's right at rush hour.

You can get to Columbia from JFK Airport and Newark. The subway will be your best bet there. Keep in mind that you will need to budget at least two hours travel time or $60+ for a taxi.


The New York City subway system is comprehensive and running 24 hours (most lines, most days). All rides are $2, regardless of the distance or number of transfers. The wait will depends on the line and the time of day, but ranges from a few minutes to at most half an hour.

Columbia is on the 1 subway line, which has a Columbia University stop at 116th Street (just across College Walk from the Law School). It is about a half mile walk from the 110th and Central Park West stop on the A line and C line. The youth hostel is near both lines, as well.

Rail and Interstate Bus

Penn Station is at the center of New York, on the 1 subway line, and serves Amtrak, Greyhound, Peter Pan, Fung Wah, LIRR, and other inter-city/inter-state ground transportation.

By Car

Parking near Columbia, particularly for more than a few hours, can be a difficult and expensive endeavor. However it's not impossible. We refer you to the Law School's page describing driving directions and parking information.


ACS will be providing housing at the Hostelling International New York youth hostel on Amsterdam Avenue just half a mile from Columbia for students participating in the competition. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please indicate so on your registration form. If you are a certified participant and did not reserve housing when you registered, you may contact us on or before December 14, 2005 to reserve a spot. There is no guarantee of housing beyond this date. Once ACS has reserved and paid for your housing, cancellations will not be permitted.

Transportation Scholarships

Unfortunately, transportation scholarships to the competition are unavailable. All participants are encouraged to request funding from their law school. The ACS Moot Court Competition Committee is happy to provide supporting documents to assist you in securing funding.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about visiting New York.

For further information and comments, please email