Content analysis

Content analysis is a tool for researchers to easily determine the presence of a word, topic, or concept from qualitative data. Read on to find out more.

Difference-in-difference estimation

OverviewSoftwareDescriptionWebsitesReadingsCourses OverviewDifference-in-Difference (DID) technique originated in the field of econometrics, but the logic behind the technique was used as far back as the 1850s by John Snow and is referred to by some as 'controlled before and after study' social sciences.DescriptionDID is a quasi-experimental design developed by

Human rights lawyer from Nigeria receives Baker McKenzie fellowship 2020-2021

Hillary Maduka ’21 LL.M., an accomplished lawyer for disadvantaged groups, has been awarded $ 50,000 by the global law firm.

Edward R. Morrison

Personal website Ed Morrison is an expert in corporate finance and restructuring, household finance and consumer bankruptcy, and contract law. He is co-editor of the Journal of Legal Studies. Morrison's fellowship has dealt with corporate reorganization, consumer bankruptcy, systemic market risk regulation, and foreclosure and mortgage modification. His most recent work has examined patterns in creditors' contracts, corporate bankruptcy valuation disputes, racial disparities in Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings, and the relationship between financial distress and mortality rates. Morrison teaches contract law, bankruptcy law, and corporate finance. He is Co-Director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University and Faculty Director of the Executive LL.M. Program. In 2018 he received the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching, awarded by the Law School graduating class. Morrison's research has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Law & Economics, and other leading peer-reviewed publications. His work has been cited by the Bankruptcy Bank and the Bar Association, and supported by the National Science Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts. Morrison and his co-author (Douglas Baird) received the 2012 John Wesley Steen Law Review Writing Prize from the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) for an article on the Dodd-Frank Act published in the ABI Law Review. Together with William H.J. Hubbard is editor of the Journal of Legal Studies and a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. Most recently, he was a director of the American Law & Economics Association, a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Law, and an associate editor of the American Law & Economics Review. Morrison was Paul H. and Theo Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2013 to 2014. He began teaching at Columbia Law School in 2003 and was Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics from 2009 to 2012. Morrison worked for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court and Justice Richard A. Posner of the 7th Court of Appeals.

Barbara A. Schwarz

Barbara Aronstein Black is the George Welwood Murray Emeritus Professor of Legal History and Dean Emeritus of Columbia Law School. A law school graduate in 1955, Black served as an associate in law on the faculty from 1955 to 1956. In 1965 she began a PhD in history specializing in Anglo-American legal history at Yale University and served as a history teacher and lecturer during her undergraduate studies. After receiving her PhD, Black became an assistant professor of history at Yale. In 1979 she was appointed associate professor of law. Black was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 1978 and joined the law school faculty in 1984. From 1986 to 1991 she was the dean of the law school. Black was president of the American Society for Legal History from 1986 to 1987 and from 1988 to 1989. She was a member of the Selden Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the New York State Ethics Commission. From 1992 to 1998 she was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Law School. Black is a retired trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society. She is also a member of Columbia University's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America and the Permanent Advisory Board for Columbia University's Jay Papers Project. Her publications focus on legal history and contracts. While in law school, Black was the editor of the Columbia Law Review. She holds honorary doctorates from Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan College, Osgoode Hall, College of New Rochelle, New York Law School, Smith College, Vermont Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center.

How can America make politics less hostile? The new book by Peter Coleman explained

TC conflict resolution expert Peter Coleman offers solutions for a divided nation in a new book


Amal Clooney is a lawyer specializing in international law and human rights. She represents clients before international courts such as the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition to her legal work, she advises governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise. Professor Clooney is featured on the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories as a premier international, human and criminal law attorney. She is described as 'a brilliant legal mind', a 'very effective and focused lawyer' and 'a fantastically innovative lawyer' who is 'tactically first class' and 'a rare combination of intellectual depth and pragmatism'. The directories highlight her 'deep understanding of international law', her ability to 'inspire heads of state, foreign ministers and corporations ... in a very effective way for customers' and her 'passionate commitment to justice and compassion for the people it serves' . Professor Clooney was a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN envoy for Syria. She has also served as an advisor to the UN investigation into the use of armed drones and as a rapporteur for the International Bar Association's human rights institute on the independence of the judiciary. She is a member of the UK Expert Team on Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Areas and the UK Attorney General's Expert Panel on International Law. Professor Clooney frequently represents victims of mass atrocities, including genocide and sexual violence, as well as political prisoners in cases involving freedom of expression and fair trial. She received the Gwen Ifill Prize 2020 for “exceptional and sustainable achievements with regard to freedom of the press” from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists. And she is Vice-Chair of the High Level Legal Expert Panel on Freedom of the Media, created at the request of the UK and Canadian governments and chaired by former President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger. In The Hague, Professor Clooney worked with various UN-sponsored judicial mechanisms, including the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She is admitted to the bar in New York and is a litigator with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. She is also a co-founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which aims to advance justice through accountability.

Lynnise E. Pantin

Lynnise Pantin ’03 is the founding director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Students at the clinic develop legal skills by providing legal services in a range of transactional, intellectual property and governance matters to community organizations and low and middle income entrepreneurs. Pantin's pedagogy is shaped by her scholarship, which focuses on the systemic socio-economic barriers that colored and humble entrepreneurs face. Her recent journal articles include The Economic Justice Imperative for Transactional Law Clinics in the Villanova Law Review and The Wealth Gap and the Racial Disparities in the Startup Ecosystem. Pantin joined Columbia Law School in 2019 after opening her clinic as a visiting professor for a year. Previously, she was the founder and director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic at Boston College Law School and co-founder of the Transactional Law Clinic at New York Law School, where she taught legal practice and directed the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Impact Center for Public Welfare Law. Pantin began her career as an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP practicing corporate and securities law in the investment management group of the firm's corporate division. She advised private investment funds, their sponsors and investors on all issues relating to the establishment and operation of national and international funds. It also provided free business transaction, incorporation and governance, and regulatory compliance services to nonprofits and small businesses. Prior to becoming an attorney, Pantin was an elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C.

Meet the director of the Columbia Law Library, Simon Canick

A teacher, scholar, and attorney, Canick returns to the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library in Columbia, where he began his career as a reference librarian two decades ago.

Epidemic, endemic, pandemic: what are the differences?

The novel coronavirus pandemic is the perfect model for understanding what exactly a pandemic is and how it affects life on a global scale. Since the advent of COVID-19 in 2020, the public has been bombarded with a new language for understanding the virus and the global public health response that has followed. This article will uncover the factors that make up a pandemic and how it develops

False Detection Rate

OverviewSoftwareDescriptionWebsitesReadingsCourses OverviewThis page briefly describes the False Discovery Rate (FDR) and provides an annotated list of resources. DescriptionWhen analyzing the results of genome-wide studies, thousands of hypothesis tests are often performed simultaneously. It is also possible to use the traditional Bonferroni method to correct multiple comparisons


This resource goes through a number of questions to consider when analyzing time-to-event (TTE) data. Find out more about it today.


International semesters and dual study programs

Enroll in one of more than two dozen academic programs abroad and expand your understanding of law, language, culture, and governance in a global context.

Competing risk analysis

OverviewSoftwareDescriptionWebsitesReadingsCourses OverviewCompetitive Risk Analysis refers to a special type of survival analysis that aims to correctly estimate the marginal probability of an event in the presence of competing events. Conventional methods of describing the survival process, such as the Kaplan-Meier product limit method, are not designed to address the competitive nature of

Jane M. Spinak

A renowned advocate for child welfare and juvenile justice, Jane M. Spinak co-founded Columbia Law's clinics, which focus on family and child representation. Spinak currently runs the Adolescent Representation Clinic, which represents adolescents and young adults who age outside of a foster family. From 2001 to 2006, Spinak was Director of Clinical Education at the Law School. Spinak specializes in juvenile justice, child advocacy and family justice reform - teaching, writing, lecturing and mentoring students interested in the civil service. Her current scholarship deals with the history and effectiveness of the family court. She has written books and articles for child advocates, lawyers, and judges; Has participated in numerous committees and task forces dealing with the needs and rights of children and families; and has trained and lectured on these topics to lawyers, social workers, and mental health professionals. Spinak also teaches Professional Responsibility and the Pro Bono Scholars External Program. Prior to joining the Columbia Law Faculty in 1982, Spinak was an associate attorney with the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City. From 1995 to 1998, Spinak served as the lawyer in charge of the youth rights department while on vacation from Columbia. Spinak is a member of the New York State Standing Judiciary Commission on Justice for Children and a member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Justice. From 2008 to 2011, she co-chaired the Task Force on Family Court in New York City, established by the New York County Lawyers Association. She is an advisor on the ALI's amendment to the law, the children and the law. She was the founding chair of the Center for Family Representation, an advocacy and political organization dedicated to upholding parental rights in child protection proceedings, and continues to serve on the centre's board of directors.