Posting Course Materials on CourseWorks

The Law School as made the transition to the Columbia University supported CourseWorks Canvas learning management system for all courses for the Fall 2019 semester.  


This will link to audio recordings of class sessions scheduled through the Law School IT Multimedia Department [email protected] (212)854 2400

More information about Echo 360 Classroom Recordings 


This is a link to the lawnet portal:

Course Info

The Course Info page displays the faculty and faculty assistant/TA contact information.  Use the "Additional Information" box to include other course information


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Photo Roster

All available student photos are displayed for faculty. The "flashcard" link displays photos individualy as a way to help learn student name.

More information about  Photo Roster


More information on posting textbooks is included below.


More information about the Mailtool


Voice recorder that allows students and instructors to record the correct pronunciation of their name through a Canvas interface.

More information about NameCoach


More information about  Settings

Where to find textbook information for Law School courses:

Textbook information that has been entered into the CourseWorks database can be found in the following places:

How to post textbook information for Law School courses:

Columbia University has created a specialized database for entering textbook information as a part of the University CourseWorks system. Because this database is a University resource (not a Law School service), faculty will need use their “UNI”  (not LawNet) network ID to access this service. 

Book orders will be created from the information posted

The University Bookstore uses the data posted on the CourseWorks system to order books.  The Law School Secretariate will no longer contact faculty to inquire about ordering textbooks.

Guide to Posting Textbook Information in CourseWorks

The CUIT Guide to Posting Textbook Information is available here.


Training and Support Resources

There is a wide range of materials that are available on the web that help to explain how to use the Canvas system - generally. The Courseworks Knowledgebase created by the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is available here:

For assistance in learning more about using the CourseWorks system you can contact the Law School IT help desk or use the resources at the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning - (CTL)

 Law School IT helpdesk

[email protected]

CUIT Canvas FAQs

CTL Support Helpline 212-854-9058 (answered by knowledgeable educational technologists)

CTL Staff Who Support Law Faculty

Andrew Flatgard

Learning Designer
[email protected] 212-854-1851

General Support Information on CourseWorks (Canvas)

CTL Faculty Support Lab, Butler Library  Room 204

The schedule of classes in the CTL Faculty Support Lab over the summer to train faculty on how to use Canvas is availble here:

By clicking on Settings at the bottom of the left hand menu - then Navigation  features can be dragged from the  bottom list and dropped into the area in the top of the page to activate the feature. 

See the section on Training and Support Resources for more assistance in learning more about the other Canvas features.

Many other features and tools are available besides the basic tools that are listed by default. 


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Course Materials for almost all Law School courses that were posted in the Fall 2018 semester and Spring 2018 semester were done on the Canvas system. For Fall 2019 courses - the tools developed for importing course materials within the Canvas system can be used. If the course materials are from semesters prior to Fall 2018 - there is a different method for importing.

The following is from the CUIT Canvas FAQ

Please choose either of the following articles for step-by-step instructions on how to easily migrate your course content (files, readings, assignments, syllabus, etc.) from a previous semester's course site.

Migrating Content from a previous Canvas course site (most common).  All courses (except for Columbia Law School) that ran in fall 2017 or later were hosted on Canvas.  MANY courses (depending on the school) were hosted on Canvas going back to the summer of 2016.

Migrating content from a course hosted in Sakai into a Canvas course (not very common).  Most courses that ran prior to summer 2016 were hosted on our Sakai platform.  From summer 2016 to fall 2017 we moved all courses onto Canvas.  Since fall 2017, all courses except for the Law School have been hosted on Canvas.

CourseWorks Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the  new CourseWorks Canvas system,  Sakai and Lawnet?

CourseWorks is the University  learning management system.  It is used by more than 3,000 courses from almost every part of the University.  The CourseWorks Canvas system is being used for Law School courses starting with the Fall 2018 semester.  Canvas has replaced the Sakai platform that was previously used at the Law School for the first time in the Spring 2015 semester. 

LawNet is the Law School database that has class lists, seating charts, grades, and course evaluations. The LawNet service uses the Law School specific login - rather than the UNI

How do I log into CourseWorks?

You can do directly to the CourseWorks page at:  and use your UNI username and password
a link is also available from the home page main menu

What if I do not know my UNI for CourseWorks?

There is a web site at the University where you can try to recover your password:

If that does not work, you can call:
CUIT Service Desk: support by phone 212-854-1919
or Email [email protected].   

What if I do not know my law school username and password for Lawnet?

Please contact the Law School helpdesk support by phone  212-854-1370 or by email at [email protected]

How do I send an email to my class?

There are two ways to get a message out to your students:
1. Use the “Announcements tool and choose the option to send an email at the bottom of the page; or
2.  Use the  "Mailtool”

The CUIT Communications Strategies FAQ is available here.

How do I post a syllabus?

Most faculty post their syllabus in the "Files" section.   Usually by creating a folder with the title syllabus and then uploading a file to the folder.

Class sessions may be recorded, upon request, in any of the Law School's classrooms. Our team will schedule the recording, on your behalf, and ensure that the room is prepared for recording before you arrive. No further involvement is required on your end in order to start or stop the recording.

In order to request a recording, please:

  • Email [email protected] or call 212.854.2400.

  • Provide us with the L-number, section number and title of your course (ie. L9275, section 1, Computational Text Analysis and Chinese Law).

  • Provide the desired start and end times for the recording (ie. 10am to 3pm).

  • Let us know if you have a preference for what should be recorded (eg. audio-only, audio+presentation, audio+camera, audio+presentation+camera).

Please bear in mind that the recording is automated and will begin and end at the exact times provided. Avoid engaging in any "sidebar" conversations around the microphones during the requested recording times.

Please also note that the system only allows for recordings in 4-hour blocks. If your class runs longer than 4 hours, please provide us with your preferred recording schedule to ensure that we capture the entire class. For example, you my request to record from 10am to 1pm, break an hour for lunch (no recording), and record the second half from 2pm to 5pm. We will label the recordings as Part 1 and Part 2, for the benefit of your students.


The Law School participates in the Copyright Clearance Center program for obtaining permission to use copyrighted materials in both hard-copy “CoursePacks” and materials posted online in CourseWorks.

Copyright laws apply equally to both hard-copy and digitally distributed materials. For information on obtaining copyright permission, please contact the Secretariat at [email protected].