The east Lancashire side start their Championship campaign on August 7 with a home match against the club for whom Laws played between 1988 and 1994.
Laws, who made over 200 appearances for Forest, said: "It's a mouthwatering start for us, there's no doubt, and it really gets the heart pumping for what lies ahead.
"I had a little chuckle when I saw the opening fixture, but I have a good record against Forest, so I am particularly looking forward to it!
"Everyone wants a home game to begin and it's a fantastic opportunity to start the season well. Forest will again be pushing to have another go at the Premier League, which makes it a tough start. But what a game to begin."