Emails must be sent from your Cornell email address.

Targeted Messages
Messages must be targeted to the narrowest appropriate group:

  • You should never email more than one of the three listservs.
  • You should use or create your own private listfor groups engaged in a particular activity, event, or organization.

Events (

  • This list is for event announcements that apply to the entire student body.
  • Student groups should limit emails for an event to one email for an invitation and one email for a reminder.
    • Outside of elections, this list is not for regular meetings that apply to your organization only.
    • Events can also be listed in Scoops, the official law school newsletter. Registered student groups may have their events published in Scoops by emailing
    • Registered student groups may also add an event to the law school’s online calendar by emailing  In your email, please state the name of your student group, title of the presentation, date, time, place (specific room number), student contact, email address, a brief description of the event, a short bio of the speaker, whether food will be served, and specify who is co-sponsoring the event.

Discussion (

  • This list is for commentary, news, and opinion.
    • For example, this list is for those who want to “roll palms” or notify others that there is food in the kitchen.
  • Please use discretion and professionalism when using this list.

Marketplace (

  • This list is for rides, items for sale, sublets, and lost & found.
    • Please remember that the registrar’s office and library circulation desk keep lost & found boxes.  You should drop items off or check for items at the registrar’s office or the library circulation desk before cluttering other students’ inboxes.

Decorum and Liability

Please do not submit messages unless you are reasonably certain your message is of sufficient professional concern to a group of CLS students that it warrants delivery to the several hundred subscribers of the listserv.

Messages posted to these listservs must be civil and professional in tone. Communication via CLS listservs cannot provide the same freedom of expression as would be possible in a private conversation among confidants.

Do not post anything in a listserv message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.  In addition, remember that because Cornell uses Cmail, students are able to archive their emails.  Thus, years from now you could regret emails you sent while you were in law school.

Neither CLSA nor the CLS IT Department can verify the content of postings for accuracy or be held accountable for message content. Parties submitting messages to CLS listservs bear sole responsibility and liability for the content of their postings.



Think of a label as a folder.  In order for this to work effectively for you, you may wish to (1) create a label for each listserv and (2) create a filter for each listserv, which will let you funnel incoming emails from that listserv into a label.  If you need additional help doing this, please see the instructions below or visit Gmail’s help page (also provided below).  If you still need help, please stop by the CLSA office.


Labels are like folders. Once you’ve created a label, you can view all the messages with that label by searching, or by clicking the label name along the left side of any Gmail page.

You will likely want to create three labels: (1) CLS Marketplace, (2) CLS Discussion, and (3) CLS Events.

To create a label:

  1. Click the gear icon at the top right of your Cmail or Gmail screen >Mail settings > Labels.
  2. Select Create new.
  3. Type the name of your new label and click Ok.  You could name your first label “CLS Marketplace.”
  4. If you wish, repeat this step two more times for the other two labels.

Additional instructions on how to use labels can be found here:


Gmail’s filters allow you to manage the flow of incoming messages. Using filters, you can automatically label, archive, delete, star, or forward your mail, all based on a combination of keywords, sender, recipients, and more.

You will likely want to create three separate filters by typing in the email address of each listserv in the “From” box.

To create a filter:

  1. Click Create a filter (next to the Search the Web button at the top of any Cmail or Gmail page).
  2. Enter the email address of the first filter you wish to create in the “To” box. You could start by entering “” in the “To” box.
  3. Click Test Search to see which messages currently in Gmail match your filter terms. You can update your criteria and run another test search, or click Next Step.
  4. Click Skip the Inbox and Apply the Label: [select the name of the label you created for this listserve, for example “CLS Marketplace].
  5. If you’d like to apply this filter to messages already in Gmail, select the Also apply filter to x conversations below checkbox.
  6. Click Create Filter.
  7. If you wish, repeat this step two more times for the other two listservs.

Additional instructions on how to use filters can be found here:


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