Quick Start Guide

An overview of the digital services, systems, and technology available to instructors at the Law School and University.

The Information Technology Department at Columbia Law School has created this quick start guide to give a quick overview of the services and technology available to you at the Law School and University. 

This quick start guide is intended to highlight some of the services available to you and how to enable them.

Before we go any further, please complete the following important items:

  1. Activate your University Network ID @ http://cuit.columbia.edu/cuit/manage-my-uni
  2. Access Law School email @ LionMail – http://lionmail.columbia.edu
  3. Forward to an email address/account of your choice (optional)
  4. Sign into LawNet to view Registrar Information @ http://law.columbia.edu/lawnet
  5. Sign into CourseWorks @ http://courseworks.columbia.edu

1. Activate your University Network ID

When you begin your affiliation with Columbia Law School, you will be assigned two accounts—a UNI and a LawNet. A UNI account is used to access University-wide systems and services, while a LawNet account is used to access Law School-specific services. Please activate your UNI account by visiting: http://cuit.columbia.edu/cuit/manage-my-uni

2. Access Law School email @ LionMail

Activating your UNI will also activate your Law School email account (aka, LionMail). LionMail is the email component of Columbia University’s Google Apps for Education. As a result, you will also have access to some of the other Google Apps you may be familiar with—Calendar and Drive. Please sign into LionMail, using your UNI and associated password: http://lionmail.columbia.edu

3. Forward to an email address/account of your choice (optional)

All instructors are assigned Law School email addresses, which end with the "@law.columbia.edu" suffix, as well as University email addresses, which end with the "@columbia.edu" suffix and are managed through the LionMail system. You may use LionMail or you may choose to forward University emails to another email address you manage. To forward your UNI emails, please visit and follow the prompts at: https://uniapp.cc.columbia.edu/acctmanage/mailforwarding

4. Sign into LawNet to view CLS Registrar Information

LawNet is a set of web-based services that provides interactive access to the Columbia Law School administrative databases. Through LawNet, you can view your class list, access directories of students, faculty, and staff; submit and review grades; activate, view, and lock in classroom seating charts; view and print course evaluations; and more. To access LawNet, please visit: http://www.law.columbia.edu/lawnet

Please log in with your Law School username and password combination—not your UNI.

5. Sign into CourseWorks

All instructors are provided with a course website on the University CourseWorks system. Each CourseWorks site is equipped with a standard Law School template which allows you to post articles and assignments, as well as a class mailing list, which allows you to email all registered and waitlisted students with a single post. CourseWorks can be accessed at http://courseworks.columbia.edu by using your UNI and associated password (not your LawNet ID). For more information on how to use the CourseWorks system please see the Educational Technology web page: http://web.law.columbia.edu/educational-technology/coursewebs

Getting Help

This quick start guide is intended to give you a brief overview of some of the services available to you and help you enable and access them. The Information Technology Department is committed to offering service and support to all Columbia Law School students, faculty, and staff members.

Please feel free to contact us with technical questions, ideas, and suggestions. Browse our site for more information, email us at helpdesk@law.columbia.edu, or visit us in person in Jerome Greene 731, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday—Friday. The IT department’s team of dedicated and hardworking professionals is here to support your legal research, teaching, and administrative needs and we look forward to assisting you.