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Getting started

Once you are admitted to Harvard Law School, you will receive a letter via postal mail containing your HLS e-mail address and Claim ID. The first thing you should do upon receiving this information is Claim your Me account through me.law.harvard.edu. You should also follow this link to change your password during your tenure at HLS.

Follow this link for more information on how to change your password and how to claim your Me account, Claim Me.

After you have claimed your account, you can login to Gmail at http://www.gmail.com. Enter your full email address and the password you entered when you claimed your account.

NOTE:  If a user has deleted a message permanently, by clicking Delete Forever in Spam or Trash, it is not possible to recover the message. It is also impossible to recover messages after an administrator deletes a user's account.  For more information, please see the archiving section of the FAQ's.

Understanding your user name (for students)

In order to provide you with an e-mail 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 (with XX being the graduating year) or
  • USERNAME@mail.law.harvard.edu

These naming conventions are used in order to provide uniqueness, while maintaining a meaningful username, over the course of many years.

Changing your password

Follow this link for more information on how to change your password: Claim Me.

Managing spam

Anything that Gmail determines is spam will get moved into Gmail's spam folder. You can see your spam folder on the left side of your Gmail screen with a number listing how many messages are in the spam folder.

Checking your spam folder:

Each day you should check your spam folder to make sure no important email messages have accidentally been identified as spam. Simply click on the folder titled "Spam" on the left side of your Gmail screen to open your spam folder.

If everything in the spam folder is actually spam, you can leave it alone and Gmail will delete the messages automatically in 30 days. However, if you want to delete them yourself, simply select the message(s) and click the "Delete Forever" button in the top menu bar.

You can save a little time by first selecting all of the spam messages with the "Select" button in the top menu bar. Then you can delete all the selected messages at once.

Marking an email as spam:

If you get an email in your inbox that actually is spam, you need to click the "Report Spam" button (looks like an exclamation mark inside a stop sign) in the top toolbar to move that message into your spam folder and to help teach Gmail to treat such messages as spam in the future.

Marking an email as not spam:

If a real email message gets accidentally marked as spam, you can remove it from the spam folder by opening the message and clicking the "Not spam" button in the top menu bar. This will move the email message to your inbox where it will be safe.

NOTE:  If a user has deleted a message permanently, by clicking Delete Forever in Spam or Trash, it is not possible to recover the message. It is also impossible to recover messages after an administrator deletes a user's account.  For more information, please see the archiving section of the FAQ's.

FAQ's

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How To's

Connecting to Gmail via EMail Clients and Mobile Devices

Google Apps for HLS allows you to connect to your Gmail account through a variety of e-mail clients and mobile devices. For detailed instructions on how to connect to Google Apps for HLS via the IMAP protocol (recommended), click on the link to your device from the links below:

 Migrating your data

If you are using another Google account, whether it is a personal Google account or a Google account associated with HLS, you will probably want to migrate some, if not all, of your data (documents, calendars, email, etc.) into Google Apps for HLS. Migrating data is mostly a manual endeavor, but the following links below will step you through the process.

Last modified: August 20, 2014

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