Poster Session

CELS poster sessions are a central part of the conference.  As there are other sessions at the same time, posters tend to draw considerable amounts of attention.  In addition, posters are eligible for a best poster prize.

Designing Effective Posters

In a typical poster session, participants display materials that show the highlights of their project. Some people prepare printed poster boards, while others prepare sheets of paper with a title, abstract, core results, graphs, and charts, and then attach them in a meaningful sequence to a poster board. The idea is to present your project so that the topic, dataset, and main results are immediately identifiable, and the empirical questions and hypotheses guiding your work are noted (perhaps in bullet point form). Ideally, your data will be presented visually through charts and graphs so someone can quickly grasp what you found. Ideas for future work can also be noted. Less (detail, that is) is often more. The poster should be readable from several feet away.

For design ideas, several websites present a variety of ways to present empirical work in a poster format:
Example 1
Example 2

Among the suggestions, these websites recommend using a crisp, clean design; making illustrations simple and bold; conveying only selected key findings rather than the entire results; and converting tables to graphs for easier viewing. Keep our format in mind (a poster on an easel with tripod) as you think about how to present your work most effectively.

Complimentary Printing and Mounting

We strongly recommend having your graphics/poster printed and mounted on a poster board in advance and delivered to the Law School.  Please contact FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print Center and carbon copy Cassey Limgenco at Stanford (send orders via email to and CC The usual poster size is 36″ x 48″, but 48″ x 48″ is also available. Please inform them that you are attending the CELS conference at Stanford Law School; Stanford Law School will pay for printing and mounting the posters.

FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print Center
Tresidder Center Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650.723.3132
Fax: 650.725.8397

Poster files can be designed to the desired poster size with high-resolution images or charts embedded in a PowerPoint slide, but the final file must be delivered for printing and mounting as an exported PDF file. Please contact FedEx Kinko’s directly if you have any questions. Your file must be received at the FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print Center by Monday, November 5th at 4:30 p.m. (PST).

If you are bringing your presentation on paper and need 36″ x 48″ foam poster board to mount it, please email by Friday, November 2nd at 12:00 p.m. PST to let us know, so we can have a sufficient number of poster boards on hand.

At Stanford

When you check in at the conference, please confirm your poster presentation with one of our staff members, who will have further instructions on poster setup (specific location of your poster in the poster session space, how to create your poster if you bring your presentation on paper).