- Change Your Password
Once you are admitted to Harvard Law School, you will receive a letter via postal mail. You can change your HarvardKey password here.
- Understanding Your Username
In order to provide you with an email address for life, the email address scheme will be as follows:
- USERNAME@jdXX.law.harvard.edu (with XX being the graduating year) or
- USERNAME@llmXX.law.harvard.edu (with XX being the graduating year) or
- USERNAME@sjd.law.harvard.edu or
However, when you access HLS network resources (including your email), you will use the following username scheme for your HLS Account:
- USERNAME.jdXX (with XX being the graduating year) or
- USERNAME.llmXX (with XX being the graduating year) or
- USERNAME.sjd or
These naming conventions are used in order to provide uniqueness, while maintaining a meaningful username, over the course of many years.
- What Online Resources Does Your Account Access?
To view the full table of accounts and the resources that they link to, please click here.
- Obtain Your HarvardKey
To access many of Harvard University’s online systems, you will need a HarvardKey. To obtain a HarvardKey you need a Harvard University ID number (HUID).
PLEASE NOTE: Admitted J.D. students will not be assigned a HUID until they have submitted their deposit for admission. HUIDs are distributed in June and are assigned to those students who are expected to enroll.
Answers to frequently asked HarvardKey questions can be found at: https://reference.iam.harvard.edu/faq
Once you have your HUID, if you do not have your HarvardKey, you may claim it at: https://key.harvard.edu/.
Once you have begun the claim process, instructions for completing it will be sent to your officially registered email address. If you encounter an error while claiming your HarvardKey, it may be because there is not a registered email address on file in the Harvard Directory for you.
The HLS email address initially created for you will be flagged as your official email address in the Harvard Directory. Please contact J.D. Admissions at 617-495-3179 or 1L2B@law.harvard.edu if you need to add or update your email address on file.
- Access Your HLS Email Account
Harvard Law School provides a web-based email client allowing you access to your HLS email account from any computer connected to the Internet. Log in to your Gmail account using your HLS Account and HarvardKey password.
Click here for general instructions on how to use Gmail. This webpage will provide you with information on how to configure your HLS email account with local email clients such as Outlook. The web page also includes instructions on how to set-up auto-reply, mail forwarding, and spam filtering.
After you graduate, your Harvard Law School email address will be yours for life. Give this email address to your friends, colleagues, and classmates and they will always be able to keep in touch.
- Buying a New Computer?
Harvard University has partnered with Apple and Dell to offer computer equipment to Harvard students and affiliates at substantially discounted prices. Visit the Personal Computer and Software Purchases page for a complete list of recommended current products and prices. If you have any questions or recommendations for changes to these models, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 617-495-0722.
Need a copy of Microsoft Office? Download and install office using your Clinical Email credentials at office.com. Any questions regarding the Office Initiative can be directed to the ITS Service Desk by calling 617-495-0722, or by placing a request at the HLS Services Hub.
Click here to view our recommended specification for computer hardware.
- Patch Your Operating System
Unpatched operating systems pose a huge security risk to users and to the HLS network. Unpatched systems allow hackers and viruses easy access to your personal computer and data. Once they have access to your system, they can easily spread through the network. To protect the integrity of your system and of the network, please make sure your computer’s operating system is fully patched with the latest software updates. Windows users should run Windows Update (Control Panel, System and Security) to verify the latest patches are installed. Mac users should run Software Update to check for any new updates.
- Secure Your Computer
Set an Administrator Password: It is vitally important that your computer have a strong password set on the Administrator account. This is your first line of defense against viruses and hackers.
Use a Personal Firewall: ITS recommends enabling the built-in personal firewalls in Windows and Mac OSX.
- Loaner Laptops For Exam Periods
The ITS Service desk has loaner laptops available for use during scheduled exam periods. These loaner laptops come with Exam 4 installed on a temp account with administrative rights. Exam loaners are available during exam periods on a first come, first served basis at the ITS Service Desk in the basement of Wasserstein Hall (B020) or at the library circulation desk after 7pm on weekdays or anytime on weekends. Laptops can be picked up on the day of the exam and must be returned the day after the exam.
- Things To Bring With You Before You Arrive At HLS
Due to licensing and copyright laws, ITS can only assist with software installations on your personal computer if you have evidence of a valid license, in the form of your original media and product key. In preparation for unexpected problems, please bring all of your software and operating systems CDs with you to campus this fall. Also make sure you have the installation keys for your software.
- Contact the ITS Service Desk with Questions
If you have any other questions, please contact ITS at 617-495-0722.