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The following are directions for new students to activate their CWSL network account. This account enables students to access:

  • CWSL email
  • MS Office 365
  • Distance Learning Tools



 These instructions cover the following three steps:

  • Choosing a password
  • Setting a password
  • Setting the verification email and telephone number

If you have any questions, or problems with any part of these instructions, please call us at (619) 525-1473, or send an email to

Choosing a Password

Select a password that is used just for law school, not similar to a password you use outside of school, i.e. banks accounts, etc.  Students will create passwords for several other accounts here at CWSL.  You may use this same password or something similar for all those other accounts.

Passwords for our network require a minimum of eight characters.  There are four types of text characters:

  • lowercase letters
  • Numbers:  12345
  • Special characters:  *&^%)

Three of these four types of characters must be included in the password.  Student names or usernames may not be part of your password.

Good Passwords
Bad Passwords
JaneSmith45 (Jane Smith can't use "janesmith" as her password.)
 Examples of good and bad passwords: (Don't use any of these, since everyone knows them)

Setting a Password

1. Go to

Note: This is also where you will go to get your email from now on.

2. Click the link "Can't access your account?"

Can't access your account.  Click here. 


3. On the screen that asks “What kind of account do you have?” click  "Work or school account"



 4. On the next screen, in the User ID field, enter your CWSL email address.

Below that, there are several weird looking letters. This is one of those screens where you have to enter the weird letters to prove that you are a real person and not a computer. Enter those letters in the next field, and then click Next.  

 Captcha Text Screen
5. On the next screen, click the Email button. The system will send a code to your alternate email address. This is the email address the CWSL Admissions Department used to communicate with you before enrollment.




6. The email to your alternate address will look something like the graphic to the right.

Note the code.




7. Enter the code from the email in the verification window.  Then click Next.



8. Enter a password in accordance with the parameters in the ‘Choosing a Password’ section above. 

9. Once you have entered your new password, click Finish.



10. Congratulations! You have completed setting your CWSL network password.

If you forget your password, you can use the same procedure to reset it again.

Select the click here link to go back to the login screen.



11. Sign in with your CWSL email address, and the password you just set.

But don't go away yet. We are not quite done.

 Office 365 Login Screen


Setting The Verification Email And Phone Number

Once you sign in, you will be prompted to enter an email address and/or phone number that can be used to verify your account in case you need to reset your password in the future. You can use the same email address that used in the last section, or you can use a different one.  

When you get this prompt, 
click on ‘Next’

Additional Information Required


Enter an email address or phone number as indicated on the next screen.  The alternate email address may be the same alternate address you used earlier.  As before, the system will send you a confirmation code, and you will have to enter the confirmation code, to confirm the phone number and address.



Once you have entered an email address and/or phone number, you will get this screen.

Click the Finish button to confirm the contact information you have entered, and complete the process.



You are now ready to use your CWSL Office 365 account!  Any official announcements will now be sent to your CWSL email address.  Login at to access your email.

If you have any questions, or problems with any part of these instructions, please call us at (619) 525-1473, or send an email to