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Computing Guide: Email

A guide to computing at Berkeley Law.

User and Account Services: bMail

Your bMail email account will be available throughout your affiliation with UC Berkeley. If you anticipate a temporary absence which would otherwise result in cancellation of your account, you can contact User and Account Services to arrange for the account to remain available to you.

bMail Support
Telephone: 510-664-9000, option 1

Eligibility for regular students continues for a full semester after their names are no longer in registration records. You will receive a message several weeks prior to the termination to allow you to clean out your account.

Alumni are now entitled to keep their email accounts via the @cal Alumni Network. You should receve more information about this near the time of your graduation.

Accounts are disabled on a periodic basis after the eligibility period has terminated. All individuals will be sent email before their accounts are disabled, with the exception of summer session students, allowing for sufficient time to make corrections or extensions.

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.

Creating Your bMail Account

bMail is the name of UC Berkeley’s free email system, which is administered through Google. All students are required to create a bMail email account. Berkeley Law administrators will use your bMail account to keep you informed of important Berkeley Law related announcements and deadlines.

Your bMail account should be created for you automatically when you claim your CalNet ID. You may read and send email via the web at or by setting up an email client to connect to your account or using email forwarding (see below).

Forwarding your bMail Messages to Another Account

It is important to check your bMail messages regularly as this is where official communications from the school will be sent. If you prefer to keep using an existing email account rather than reading your Berkeley email via the web or using an email client, you may simply forward the bMail email to a third-party account of your choice (instructions here).

Using an Email Client

While campus does not officially support third-party email clients (and would prefer that you check your bMail via web browser or official Google apps), many people prefer to use one to check their email. Examples of such programs include Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail.

Most modern email clients/apps offer an option to set up a Google email account (via OAuth2 authentication) - this is the option you should choose, then follow the app's prompts to configure your account automatically.

For further help configuring an email program/app of choice to use your bMail account, you can visit the campus knowledge base and search for your email client in the knowledge base search box, or stop by the law library front desk to ask for assistance from a lab tech or computing staff member (though, like campus, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to assist you with every email client).

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.