LAWnet Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have a LAWnet email address?

LAWnet email addresses are created for all regularly enrolled students in a degree program in the law school EXCEPT for those who have another local email address, such as a Fuqua or Divinity address. You can request a LAWnet email address if one has not been created for you. Incoming students should have their LAWnet address by the end of July.

I don't know what my LAWnet address is. How can I find out, and how can I change it?

Please go to this address to review your LAWnet address and change it, if you wish: . Note that you must be on campus or using the Duke VPN to access this Intranet site.

What is the purpose of LAWnet addresses?

Your email addresses become inactive one year after graduation, and does not reflect your participation in the Duke Law community. LAWnet addresses provide that affiliation, and will continue beyond your first year as alumni.

Is my LAWnet email address my primary address?

If you have a LAWnet address and have not opted out, your LAWnet email address is your primary address.

What is the significance of a primary address?

All Duke systems reflect any change in primary address: Duke online directory, ACES, Sakai, etc. All email that goes through Exchange will reflect the primay email address. Regardless of what is your primary address, email sent to both your LAWnet address and your Duke email alias will be delivered to your Office 365 inbox (until the inbox is deactivated, one year after graduation).

How do I change my primary address?

You can choose your primary address here: (you must be on campus or using the Duke VPN to access this Intranet site). You must use this site and not the OIT Self-Sevice site to set LAWnet primary or not primary.

Will a change in primary address be immediate?

Any change in primary address takes place overnight. The global address list may take a few days to update on your computer or handheld device, and that may make it seem as if you're still using your old address. (Note that the profile name in Outlook or other email applications may not automatically update, despite the fact that the email address has changed.)

Any reason I can't change my LAWnet address to

LAWnet email addresses are meant to reflect the name and identity of the holder. We generally require at least a first initial and last name, but we do review each special request.

I don't think my forwarding rule is working with my LAWnet email address.

Note that you cannot accurately test forwarding from the target of the forward rule, i.e., don't try to test from your Gmail account if you forward to your Gmail account. If after testing from another address you are still seeing problems with email not forwarding, please contact . Thank you!

I am an owner or a moderator of a Duke Law email list, but can't access it any more since my primary address has changed.

Please contact to have your new primary address added; let us know if you want us to remove your old primary address at the same time.

Wait - I don't remember what lists I'm an owner or moderator for.

If you use Gmail or an IMAP account that can send from your old primary address, send a plain-text message to with "Which" (without the quotes) in the body. Otherwise, contact with the old primary address and ask for the Duke Law email lists associated with that address.

I want to change my subscription to a Duke Law email list to my current primary address. How do I do that?

Send a plain-text message to with the following in the body of the message:
unsubscribe [list name] [old email address]
subscribe [list name]

For example:

unsubscribe StudentOrganization
subscribe StudentOrganization

What happens to the LAWnet address after I graduate?

After graduation, you have a year to change where your LAWnet email address delivers. While you are a student, it will always go to your Duke Office 365 account. After graduation, you can enter any address that you wish to forward to. But, if we have no address to forward to when your Exchange account is closed a year after graduation, your LAWnet address will become inactive. Don't let that happen!