Research Activities at the Law School

Information about the University's resumption of laboratory research as it applies to Columbia Law School.

Dear Faculty and Staff, 

You will likely have seen an email from Interim Provost Ira Katznelson, sent earlier this morning, regarding the resumption of research activities across the University. To be clear, the processes and protocols in the Provost’s message apply to laboratory research, primarily in the hard sciences, performed in Columbia facilities—not the social science and humanities research that overwhelmingly characterizes our scholarly activity at the Law School. The message specifies that for now, all research that can be performed remotely should continue on that basis.

We are fortunate that the vast majority of our research can be conducted remotely. To the extent that you might need access to materials or information housed on-site, let me remind you of the resources that continue to be available to support your work:

  • The Law Library has made available additional electronic resources that can be accessed remotely. If you need print materials (or assistance with electronic resources), please email the Law Library’s reference department at [email protected] for assistance. Please provide as much lead time as possible for the Library, since their access to our collections through the usual means has been replaced by a variety of usually slower options. Some materials may not be available until both the physical Library and its suppliers reopen.

  • Law School IT can assist in procuring specialized hardware and software necessary to carry out research and data analysis remotely. Please contact the IT Helpdesk ([email protected]) for further information. 

  • For other research-related questions, please contact Brendan Mallee ([email protected]).

I will continue to be in contact with you as contingency and reopening plans for the Law School develop.

Best regards,