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Zoom for Synchronous Instruction

Licensed GW Law Zoom Accounts

All GW students are eligible for a licensed Zoom Account.  GW Law student Zoom accounts are on the Law Zoom domain,

About the GW Law Zoom Domain

This domain is configured to work with instructional systems at the Law School.  It relies on integrations with the MyLaw Portal and the Kaltura media server.  These integrations enable the "Join Zoom Lecture" button on portal courses sites and facilitate academic recordings being made available to students on MediaSpace,

Users with a GW Law Zoom account will use their Law ID for Zoom - and password.

Law Student Zoom Accounts

All Law Students have a licensed GW Law Zoom account. This account allows law students to record meetings as local recordings.  If you follow the access directions on this page and cannot access your account, contact Law IT at

Law Students With a Teaching Role

Dean's Fellows and other law students with a teaching role are given Law Zoom accounts configured for teaching at GW Law.  These accounts allow law students with a teaching role to schedule Zoom academic lectures and/or record Zoom meetings to the media server.

If you are a law student with a teaching role and want to record a meeting but not have it go to the Law School's media server, change the meeting setting to 'local recording' during the meeting scheduling process.

For assistance with Law Zoom Accounts configured for teaching, contact the Office of Instructional Technology at

What if I already claimed my GW Law Zoom Account?

In Fall 2020, law students were given basic Zoom accounts and received an email to claim that account.  Law students that claimed their Zoom account in the Fall, do not need to take any action.  Your account will automatically be upgraded from a basic account to a licensed account.

Note: If you are a student assigned a teaching role, and previously had a licensed account there will be no changes to your account.

Need Help With Your GW Law Zoom Account

Contact Law IT at

Why Use a Licensed GW Law Zoom Account

Using the GW Law Zoom Account for Class Zooms

You are not required to use a licensed GW Law Zoom account to join class lectures.  

Class Attendance & Participation Reports

Using your GW Law Zoom account, does help faculty track your class attendance and participation.  Zoom meeting reports are generated using participants' Zoom account information.  If you use your GW Law Zoom account, your name and @law email will appear on these reports.  Additionally, your display name during the meeting will appear as the name associated with your @law email.

Breakout Rooms

Faculty like to create predefined breakout rooms.  To accomplish this, all students must log on to the Zoom with their GW Law Zoom account.  Otherwise, you cannot be preassigned to a breakout room as the faculty do not have your personal Zoom account information.

Other Advantages to a GW Law Zoom Account

  • No time liite on meetings
  • Ability to invite up to 300 participants
  • Ability to record meetings [files stored locally on your device]


  1. Am I required to use my GW Law Zoom account to join a Zoom class lecture?

  2. If I am attending class meetings by using the "Join Zoom" button on the portal course site, doesn't this indicate I am present for attendance purposes?
    No.  Zoom attendance reports list participants by the Zoom account information.  If you use a a non-GW Law Zoom account, the attendance report lists whatever email and name is associated with that personal account.  

How to Access Your GW Law Zoom Account Using the Zoom App

I Do Not Have the Zoom App

  1. Go to
  2. Choose Sign-In With SSO on the right side of the screen.  Ignore the username/password text boxes on the left side.
  3. On the 'Search Company Domain' screen, click on "I know the company domain"
  4. In the text box type law-gwu-edu
  5. On the next screen, choose your @law Google account or type in and password

I Already Have the Zoom App

  1. Launch the Zoom app
  2. If you are prompted to sign-in, use the SSO instructions in the section on this guide called "I Do Not Have the Zoom App'
  3. If you are already signed in, you can check that you are using your GW Law Zoom account by clicking your profile picture or initials in the top right corner of the Zoom app
  4. If you are using a personal account, you can then click 'Switch Account' and sign-in with the SSO instructions in the section of this guide called "I Do Not Have the Zoom App"

Joining a Zoom Lecture

All Zoom meeting links for your courses are hosted and managed by the MyLaw portal. Make sure you are signed into your Law School Google account prior to accessing your MyLaw portal or make sure you know your Law School credentials.


  1. If you are signed in with Google, you may use the nine-dot Google Apps Menu and find MyLaw or you can go directly to

  1. On the right side of the page, you will see the courses you have registered for, click on a course.

  1. Click the Join Zoom Lecture button in blue on the right side of the page.

  1. You will see a list of all meetings related to the course you selected. Click Join next to the meeting you would like to join.

  1. A new page will open to launch the meeting. If you have the Zoom app installed on your computer, you will be prompted to open If you do not have the Zoom app installed, you will need to download and run Zoom

  1. Once you the application opens, you will either join the meeting if your professor has opened the room or you will see a dialogue box that says Waiting for the host to start the meeting.

  1. You have now joined your lecture.

Accessing Academic Recordings

For the Spring 2021 semester, all students will have access to all course lecture recordings automatically through the MediaSpace portal. Please follow the directions below to access your courses.

  1. Go to your portal course site
  2. Click the 'Academic Recordings' button
  3. Select the course
  4. Select the recording


  1. Go to and navigate to the nine-dot Google Apps menu in the top right corner of the page. Make sure you are logged in with your Law School Google account.
  2. Scroll through the list and select Kaltura MediaSpace, you may also access it directly by going to
  3. In the top left corner, click the three-line menu icon
  4. Select My Channels
  5. From here you may choose which course you would like to view.