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Computing Guide: CalNet

A guide to computing at Berkeley Law.

User and Account Services: CalNet

Cal 1 Card Office
180A Cesar Chavez Center, Lower Sproul Plaza, M-F from 9am-5pm
Telephone: 510-642-4126

CalNet Information
Contact Information

Cal Central

Cal Central ( is a site designed to pull notifications and information from all your different personal campus resources (bConnected, bCourses, billing/financial information, etc.) into one easy-to-view location.

Setting Up CalNet

You should have already received your CalNet ID (typically a 10-digit numeric ID) and other information from campus. Using the provided information, you should have been able to create a new CalNet username and passphrase for your CalNet ID. Your CalNet username (aka CalNet ID or "Friendly" ID) is your key to accessing many critical online services during your career as a law student, so you will want to remember it. For more information on your CalNet username, please visit

If you lose your Cal ID card or have other Cal 1 Card issues, you need to contact the Cal 1 Card Office for help.

CalNet 2-Step Authentication

CalNet 2-Step Authentication is now a requirement for all users. This is intended to help protect you and your account from anyone trying to gain unauthorized access (even if they've stolen your password). Campus has prepared a website about it with lots of information and instructions ( Their most helpful quick tips can be found here.

You should make sure to keep your CalNet 2-Step device with you at all times on campus, as you will need it whenever you log into a CalNet service on a new device or browser (and you'll need it every 30 days even on devices you use every day). For this reason, the easiest 2-step device option for most people is to use your smartphone (though there are other options available to you if you do not have one).

Once you have completed the initial setup process for your smartphone, you can use it as your secondary authentication device even if it is offline (by utilizing the passcode option in the Duo app).

We highly recommend obtaining some backup (bypass) passcodes in case you ever do lose or forget your primary 2-step device. Print the page out and stick it in your bag or wallet!

If you have forgotten or lost your 2-step device, or are otherwise unable to log in via CalNet 2-Step, Law Library and Law School staff are not able to unlock your account for you. You will need to contact for assistance.

We are also unable to provide you with simple hardware tokens, but you can visit one of the campus locations listed here to obtain one.

More FAQs are available here.

Help & Support

Email computing staff at

Chat with computing staff HERE during remote support hours.

Walk-in support available at the law library front desk (labtechs).

Lab Hours

The computer lab is open (to Berkeley Law students only) whenever the Law Library is open (but not during the Main Reading Room-only hours). Please consult our hours here or reach out to us through email or chat for technical assistance.