Frequently Asked Questions - Technical Questions and Issues

It's easy to edit/change your name on your CALI Account, just follow these steps:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password.  The spot to do this is on the dark blue bar on the top of the site.
  • Click on "My Account" to go to your CALI account information.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • Scroll down the page to find entries for "First Name", "Middle Name", and "Last Name" and edit those as you wish
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

Yes you can.

A working email address must be associated with your CALI account.  While we don't send out many emails to our users, the ones we do are very important for your continued use of CALI.  But most importantly, if you've forgotten your password, the only way to retrieve it is to have a working email associated with your CALI account.

Here's how to change your email address on your CALI account:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password.  The spot to do this is on the dark blue menu bar on the top of the site.
  • Click on your name in the top menu. This will take you to a page with your account details.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • There will be an entry for your email address.  Delete your current address and add in the one you wish to use.  At this time, hotmail.com email addresses are not permitted.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

Because CALI's password retrieval email is automated, many email systems will mistakenly classify them as junk mail or spam.

Check your spam or trash folders.  It may be in there.

If it's not there and it's been at least 15 minutes, it may be that your email system blocked the email entirely.  This is becoming common with .edu addresses.

If after 15 minutes and there is no email, please send an email to feedback@CALI.org.  Include your email address and a new email address that you would like to use for your account.  We will swap out the old email and replace it with the new one so that you can get emails.

Here's how to change your password on your CALI account:
  • Log into CALI with your username and password. The spot to do this is on the blue bar on the top of the site.
  • Click on your name (if using mouse with pointer) or touch your name (if using tablet or smartphone). This will take you to a page with your CALI profile page.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • Enter your current password. This is required to change your password in the next steps
  • There will be two boxes for password. Type in your new password and then confirm it. Note: The website will tell you how strong your password is, but the only requirement is that it is six characters long.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

CALI has an automated password retrieval system that will send you an email.  It will contain a link to a page on the CALI website where you will be able to reset your email.  This link will expire after a day and will only be good for your account.  If you do not use it, nothing will happen.

Please note: These emails are sometimes marked as spam and are either sent to your junk mail folder or blocked completely.  If you have not received an email in 15 minutes, please email feedback@cali.org to have your password manually reset.

There could be several reasons why you are having difficulties logging into CALI.
  1. Make sure you are using the correct username. If you are not sure, use the password reset function. The automated email that you will receive is address to your username.
  2. Try an alternate browser and make sure the browsers you use are updated.
  3. Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies.
  4. Clear your browser's cookies.
If none of those work, try to log in on another device. Remember - CALI lessons are compatible with tablets and smart phones. If you are able to log in there, that means there is an issue with your computer and we are going to be unable to help you. If you are unable to log in on the new device or computer, please contact feedback@cali.org and we check your account for issues.

Here's how to change your username on your CALI account:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password. The spot to do this is on the dark blue menu bar on the top of the site.
  • Click on your name in the top menu. This will take you to a page with your account details.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • There will be a box with your username.  Enter your new username. Please do not use your email address as your username.
  • Enter your current password so the system knows it's you
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

There are two possibilities.

  1. Your browser needs to accept cookies in order to access certain CALI resources and especially to run CALI lessons. Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies from cali.org. We only use cookies to track you permissions to access certain CALI resources like CALI Lessons. If you're browser is set to accept cookies, read on.
  2. Your browser is holding onto cookies with incorrect information. This is very common when you've recently changed passwords. In this case, log out of CALI, clear the cookies of your browser and then re-login with your correct credentials.

The most likely reason for this error message is that you are not logged into the CALI website.  All CALI Lessons, LessonLinks and Autopublished lessons can only be viewed by those that are logged in.  If you do not yet have a CALI username and password, please view the FAQ on how to obtain those.

At the top of the webpage is the drop down to log in.  After logging into the CALI website hit refresh.  If that does not work, close the page and refollow the link you were given.  Do not try to search for the lesson by title, as the link may be to an Autopublished lesson or a LessonLink.  Those require access by a specific URL in order for your performance to be recorded.

This is a security feature in Windows. If you see a message similar to this, it is safe to continue by clicking the Run button.

Hardware (2)

Yes! Almost all CALI Lessons work on most popular tablets and smartphones. How It Works: To access lessons with your mobile device you do not need to download an app, but you will need be connected to the internet. Use your device's default internet browser to go to the CALI website, log in and access the lessons just like you would on a desktop or laptop computer. Activate Mobile View: For a better mobile format, click the "mobile" link along the top row of links once you're in the lessons. If you want to switch back to the original screen view, tap the "non-mobile" link, which should have replaced the mobile link. Known Mobile Compatibility Issues: We're aware of, and working on:


  • Drag and drop questions do not function on Android devices. If you encounter a drag and drop question while on an Android device we reccommend you exit the lesson and resume it later on a computer so that you can answer the question.
  • Mobile view in Safari does not work on iOS - iPad or iPhone. Lessons still run as normal, but you do not have the option of mobile view at this time.

Help Us Find Mobile Issues! There are a bunch of devices on the market and, unfortunately, it's impossible for our little nonprofit to support and test every scenario. We need your help identifying issues. First, make sure you are using your device's default browser. If you still have a problem, contact us. Thanks!

No, not at all! CALI Lessons are compatible with the Apple operating system.

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The Software


A2J Author ® is a software tool developed by CALI and the Center for Access to Justice & Technology at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to deliver greater access to justice for self-represented litigants by enabling lawyers and law students to rapidly build user-friendly web-based document assembly tools called A2J Guided Interviews®. These A2J Guided Interviews allow users to complete court documents by presenting a series of easy-to-understand questions while graphics virtually lead users along the path to the courthouse, where these documents can be filed. A2J Author ® is currently used in more than 42 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, Australia, and Canada. More than 1,100 A2J Guided Interviews are actively used on the national server, Law Help Interactive. These A2J Guided Interviews have been used by self-represented litigants more than 4,000,000 times since 2005. A2J Author version 6.0 is mobile responsive, allowing users to access the A2J Guided Interviews from any Web browser, including a smartphone. An internal document assembly tool has also been added, allowing for complete PDF document assembly packages entirely within A2J Author. 


Partnership with Law School Clinics


In partnership with IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, CALI® has developed a model program for CALI® member schools that integrates A2J Author® into law school clinics. This model program can be viewed at http://a2jclinic.classcaster.net/ In Spring of 2013, six law schools began a pilot program to develop A2J Course Kits. To date, more than 12 law schools have participated in the A2J Clinic or A2J Course Project. Each participating faculty member integrated the teaching of A2J Author model into their clinic or courses to develop an original course offering at their law school. Upon completion of the course, the faculty members deliver a course kit that includes a syllabus, a list of course materials, and a process for completing A2J Guided Interviews, along with a teacher’s manual explaining their methodology for teaching the course. These course kits will be made available to CALI® member school free of charge. For more information, visit a2jauthor.org

Faculty members that wish to edit and AutoPublish existing CALI Lessons or write their own will need to use the CALI Author software. This can be downloaded free of charge from the CALI website here.

CALI Author is the software that powers CALI Lessons. Faculty at CALI member schools may download the software and use it to edit existing CALI Lessons or create their own learning objects.