Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are you a reporter looking for an expert to interview? Or are you a member of the Columbia Law community seeking a poster, photography, print materials, help with web editing, and/or coverage on our website or social channels? You've come to the right place. Please refer to our frequently asked questions below, organized by topic.
FOR THE MEDIA
I am a member of the press. How can I find the right expert to interview for a story I’m working on?
Take a look at our Media Guide to Experts, which is organized by subject and links to bios of faculty members who are experts on those subjects. Contact the Public Affairs office at [email protected] or 212-854-2650 if you need further information or wish to discuss the specifics of your query.
Where can I find recent news about Columbia Law School?
All our announcements and stories are archived online. We also curate news and information on Twitter.
Does Columbia Law School have video and audio (ISDN) capabilities on campus for broadcasting or uplinking broadcast interviews?
Yes, the Law School’s on-campus studio is equipped with the VideoLink ReadyCam system for TV interviews and an ISDN line for radio interviews. Contact the Public Affairs office for more information or assistance, [email protected] or 212-854-2650.
May I interview an expert in his or her office? What permissions do I need to take photographs or B-roll of the Law School and/or Columbia campus?
We can help find suitable locations for interviews with our faculty. When it comes to filming on campus, we try to accommodate requests from news organizations and commercial enterprises, but arrangements need to be made in advance for us to secure the necessary permits from Columbia University. Please direct such requests to Public Affairs, [email protected] or 212-854-2650.
I’m a reporter on deadline and need to talk to an expert right away. Whom can I contact?
You may contact Public Affairs Director Nancy Goldfarb, who will do her best to assist you quickly. She can be reached at [email protected] or by phone, 212-854-1584 (office) or 917-848-7500 (mobile).
How can I obtain photos of Columbia Law School or faculty experts we are quoting or citing in a story?
Contact Public Affairs for assistance, [email protected] or 212-854-2650.
FOR COLUMBIA LAW FACULTY, ADMINISTRATORS, ALUMNI, AND STUDENTS
How do I list an event on the Law School website calendar?
The Columbia Law School calendar, commonly known as LawCal, is a list of events hosted or sponsored by various entities within the Law School community. If you do not have access to edit LawCal, please send a request for access to [email protected]. If you already have access, visit the editor’s guide for detailed information about adding an event to the calendar.
If you’re a member of a student group seeking to list your event on LawCal, please submit your event via the student event form , and Student Services will add it to the calendar.
How can I promote my event to the Law School community?
Communications offers many options to help publicize events. Please refer to the various sections of this page regarding digital signage, social media promotion, posters, and email content. If you are interested in having us cover your event on our website or social channels, please send an email at least two weeks in advance of the event to Pam Kruger, Editorial Director, [email protected]
To book a photographer for an event, please download and fill out a photographer request form and submit it to Eileen Barroso at the Columbia University Photo Bureau at least a week in advance of the event. Eileen can be reached at [email protected] or 212-854-6527.
How do I find photos of an event?
High-resolution images of many Law School functions (such as banquets, moot court, and graduation) are available for download on our Flickr gallery. If you cannot find the event you are looking for, contact Kristen Asp, web producer, [email protected].
How do I find portraits of students or faculty?
Contact Kristen Asp, [email protected], with a description of the photo you are seeking.
What are the Law School’s photography guidelines?
If you are photographing a law school event, please review the Guide for Photographers before shooting.
How can I obtain a professional-looking banner for my emails?
The Communications Office is in the process of creating email banners for individual departments. With notice, we can create unique banners for high-profile special events.
How do I feature my event on the monitors in Jerome Greene Hall?
The Communications Office generates a limited amount of digital signage based on the events calendar. If you have an event that you would like displayed on the monitors, please contact Kara Van Woerden at least three weeks in advance.
How can I get a print piece made?
To get your print project started, contact Creative Director Kara Van Woerden.
How much time will my project take to produce?
Please budget an appropriate amount of time for production. Standard turnaround time for design is three weeks plus 10 days for printing, depending on the project. Viewbooks and other complex projects may take up to 12 weeks. If your piece has to be mailed, build in additional time after printing. Some guidelines:
- Minor revisions or reprinting existing projects: allow two weeks.
- Consultation or design reviews: usually completed within one week.
- If your piece is being designed by someone in your office or someone you hire, please submit it to Communications for a check of adherence to university and Law School communication standards.
How do I submit my content?
Send your content in a single, spell-checked and proofread Word document. Do not format it, other than using bold or italicized text. If the text needs to be placed in a specific location in the designed piece, note that within the Word document.
- Photos should be at least 300 dpi and cleared for use by artist and subject. If you don’t provide images, we will select images from our resources. If custom illustration or photography is desired, discuss your needs with your designer.
- Ensure content approval by all appropriate parties in your department before submission.
- Try to submit a complete project. Generally, we don’t start if content is missing. If any content is still to come, note what is missing and when it will be available so we can determine whether we are able to launch the project without it. Late submissions may require adjustments in production schedules.
- Your text be will fact-checked and edited for grammar, accuracy, and Law School style.
How does my project get printed?
We will coordinate printing with print services or outside printers.
Columbia Law School is on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
How do I set up a social media account for my department or organization?
Many factors contribute to the success of a social feed. To learn about best practices and implement appropriate Columbia Law branding, please set up a consultation with the Communications office. To get started, contact the social media team at [email protected] with the subject line Social Media Consultation.
How do I get the Law School to cover news or events on our social media channels?
If you have a report, press release, new scholarship, or other news or event you’d like us to consider for coverage on our social channels, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line Coverage Request.
Can you use my photos on the Law School social media channels?
Please send them to us! We are always looking for high-quality images of Law School life to feature on our social channels. Please send to [email protected] with the subject line Photos for Social, and include a brief description of the event.
How do I get my event, report, or other news featured on the Columbia Law School homepage?
If there is an event; report; scholarship announcement; or faculty, student, alumni, or administration achievement that we should consider covering on the Law School site, please contact Pam Kruger, editorial director, [email protected] or 212-854-6929. In general, we require at least two weeks’ notice for planning purposes.
How can I make outside media aware of my event, report, or scholarship?
Contact Nancy Goldfarb, 212-854-1584 or [email protected], to discuss.
Editorial Style Guide and Visual Style Guidelines coming soon.
How can I gain access to edit the CLS website?
To receive login credentials and edit your section of the website, please submit an email that includes your name, department, and uni to [email protected].
How can I receive training to edit the CLS website?
We host individual web training sessions as needed. Please send an email to [email protected] with a request. Once we receive your request, a web team member will reach out to you and schedule a training session.
Where can I find written material about editing the website?
Documentation on how to edit the website can be found in the Editor’s Tool section of our website. We also have an editorial style guide and branding style guide coming soon.
Whom should I contact if I am having an issue with the website?
Please send an email to [email protected] describing the issue you are having. Once the request is received, someone will reach out to you to resolve the request.
What is the process for design and content web-related projects?
If you have a design or content-related web project, please reach out to the web communications manager, Lindsey Jones. She will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your project. Some of the most common requests we get are:
- Content editing and cleanup
- Design improvements.
Improvements to the visual and written material on your department’s, program’s, or center’s microsite is usually a two- to four-week project, depending upon the scope. This timeframe includes photo research, analytics review, information architecture editing, and digital content editing and proofreading.