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About .law and .abogado

What is .law?
.law and .abogado are new restricted top-level domains (TLDs) that aim to promote trust in the professional legal community by creating exclusive online spaces in which only qualifying lawyers and legal institutions that are regulated and licensed to practice law can present themselves in a distinctive and memorable manner.

What makes .law and .abogado unique?
.law and .abogado will offer domain names only to Qualified Lawyers and Authorized Legal Institutions who satisfy the eligibility criteria. The verification process will enhance the integrity of the .law and .abogado top-level. For full eligibility criteria, please see the .law and .abogado Eligibility Policy.

Who is a Qualified Lawyer?
A Qualified Lawyer is a lawyer who was been verified by our verification agent as a licensed legal professional in an appropriately-regulated jurisdiction. Please see our Eligibility Policy for additional information.

What is an Authorized Legal Institution?
An Authorized Legal Institution is a Law Firm, Law School and Legal Regulators such as Courts of Law and Bar Associations which has been verified by our verification agent.

Who is .law?
Minds + Machines Group Limited (LSE:MMX), a leading owner and operator of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), has been given the exclusive license to be the registry operator for .law and .abogado by ICANN, the regulator of the Internet namespace.

The Dot Law, Inc. management team is led by Lou Andreozzi, formerly Chairman of Bloomberg Law, CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, Martindale Hubbell and lawyers.com; Carl Jaeckel, founder of Lawyer Central and CMO of Morgan & Morgan; and John Morgan, Founder of Morgan & Morgan.

Learn more information about Minds + Machines.
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Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for a .law or .abogado domain name?
Only Qualified Lawyers and Authorized Legal Institutions are eligible to secure a .law and/or .abogado domain name. Please see our Eligibility Policy for additional information.

Where can I register a .law or .abogado domain name?
For a list of authorized sunrise registrars, please see the .law Registrars page.

Are there any geographic restrictions for Qualified Lawyers and Authorized Legal Institutions that would like to apply for a .law or .abogado domain name?
No, .law and .abogado domain names are open to Qualified Lawyers and Authorized Legal Institutions anywhere in the world. Please note that what constitutes an appropriately-regulated and licensed legal professional or legal institution may vary among jurisdictions.

Can any entity acquire a .law or .abogado domain name?
The applicant must be a Qualified Lawyer as defined in the Eligibility Policy. The Qualified Lawyer may apply for any domain name, including on behalf of a client, firm, company, or their employer.

May I use a Privacy or Proxy Service to apply for a domain name?
No. Applications for domain names in .law and .abogado using a registrar proxy or privacy service or any other service having an equivalent effect will not be allowed. This ensures transparency of applicants across these top level domains. For complete information on eligibility requirements, please see the .law and .abogado Eligibility Policy document.

Verification Process

What is the verification process?
MMX has engaged an independent verification company to verify registrants for .law and .abogado domain names based upon the criteria in the Eligibility Policy, and includes the right to request for any additional information or documentation it deems necessary to complete the verification process.

What information must the registrant provide
In addition, to the registrant’s full name, the following Qualified Lawyer Information must be provided (note this information must match the registrant’s full name):
Field Information Required
Accreditation ID Accreditation ID or “NA” if not applicable1
Accreditiation Year Year of Accreditation2
Accreditation Jurisdiction Country Jurisdiction of Accreditation2
State/Province/Region if Applicable State/Province/Region or “NA” if not applicable
Accreditor Name Accrediting Body

1 - Some jurisdictions do not publicly disclose their accreditation IDs

2 - Required


In addition, the organization’s full name (entered in the “organization name” section of the registration), the following Authorized Legal Institution information must be provided (note this information must match the organization name):

Field Information Required
Accreditation ID Accreditation ID, Registration ID or NA if not applicable
Accreditiation Year Year of Accreditation or Formation1
Accreditation Jurisdiction Country Jurisdiction of Accreditation or Establishment1
State/Province/Region if Applicable State/Province/Region or “NA” if not applicable
Accreditor Name Accrediting, Governing body or NA if not applicable

1 - Required


How long will the verification process typically take?
Timing will depend on the quality of the information submitted and the availability of data from regulatory bodies. We expect that the majority of verifications will be completed within 24 to 48 hours of being submitted.

How often will registrants be verified? What is the process and what is the registrars’ responsibility?
Registrants will be verified after registering a domain, renewal of their domain name, and where there are updates to the Qualified Lawyer or Authorized Legal Insitution information. Registrants may also be re-verified on a random basis during their registration term at the discretion of the registry. Registrars are required to provide the Qualified Lawyer or Authorized Legal Institution information timely upon new registration, renewal, or when there are updates to the Qualified Lawyer or Authorized Legal Institution information.

Is there a verification appeals process
Yes, there will be a verification appeals process. The third party verification agent will provide such details directly to the registrant in question.

Registering a Domain

How do I register a .law or .abogado domain?
For a list of authorized registrars, please see the nic.law Registrars page. Registrations are on a first come, first served basis for any .law or .abogado domain name. Once your domain order has been placed with your registrar, you will be prompted to provide the Qualified Lawyer or Authorized Legal Institution information. Upon order completion the requested domain name(s) are provisionally allocated to you at that time. The registry, through its third party verification agent will then verify the information based upon the criteria in the Eligibility Policy. This may still result in additional information or documentation being requested before the verification process can be completed. Verification typically takes one to two working days. Should the registrant fail to qualify under the Eligibility Policy requirements, the registry will notify your registrar that the registration(s) have been deleted.

What names may I register?
A Qualified Lawyer or an Authorized Legal Institution may register for any available domain name in .law or .abogado.

Does the domain name have to relate to the registrant’s personal name, business name, trademark, or service mark?
No. A Qualified Lawyer or Authorized Legal Institution may register for any available domain name in .law or .abogado.

What is the cost to register a .law or .abogado domain name?
.law and .abogado use a tiered pricing structure with one standard price and multiple premium pricing tiers. Please check with an authorized registrar for pricing.

How many domain names may I register?
There is no maximum number.

What happens if I receive an “unavailable” message for a domain name in which I may be interested?
Please contact sales@mmx.co and they may be able to assist.

What if the domain name I want is taken?
You may contact that registrant to see if they will part with that registered domain name or you can register for another, similar domain name that meets your needs.

Are there any restrictions for what a Qualified Lawyer or Authorized Legal Institution may use for their postal address?
There are no restrictions.

May a registrant use a generic name such as “Domain Administrator” as the first and last name?
No. The registrant must be a Qualified Lawyer or Authorized Legal Institution as defined in this Q&A and must provide their full name and organization name for verification purposes. Failure to provide this information may result in a failed verification and the deletion of the domain registration. Other contact details (technical, administrative, etc.) may be different.

Does the domain name have to relate to the registrant’s personal name, business name, trademark, or service mark?
No. A Qualified Lawyer may apply for and register any available domain name in .law or .abogado.

How many domain names may I apply for and register?
There is no maximum number.

What happens if I receive an “unavailable” message for a domain name in which I may be interested?
Please contact sales@mmx.co and they may be able to assist.

What if the domain name I want is taken?
You may contact that registrant to see if they will part with that registered domain name or you can apply for another, similar domain name that meets your needs.

Are there any restrictions for what a Qualified Lawyer may use for their postal address?
There are no restrictions.

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