1L’s Register your WESTLAW PASSWORD ASAP!

It’s a brand new world and you are going to need all the right tools to help you succeed in Law School.

One of the most important tools you’ll need is access to TWEN (an acronym for The West Education Network).

As a new student you will receive (or have already received) an email indicating how you should register your Westlaw password.

Please do this as soon as possible as this will enable you to access the TWEN system which will provide you with course information placed there by your professors.

To register:

  1. Go to lawschool.westlaw.com
  2. Click on the “Register Your Password” graphic
  3. Complete Step 1
  4. Enter your Pepperdine email address and enter your Westlaw Password (provided in the email referenced above)
  5. Fill out your name, address, and other information
  6. Click on “Create Profile”
  7. Click on “Continue”
  8. Fill in your student profile and click “Agree”

Law School Computer Recommendations

Dell Latitude E-SeriesIf you are just starting out at Law School, or heading back to school and looking to upgrade your system, please review the below information before purchasing your new laptop!

Nearly all Pepperdine University Law Students use laptops for class, exams, and homework. While laptops are not required, they can be a very valuable tool in law school. The Information Services team at Pepperdine University School of Law provides assistance in configuring your laptop for the network. Please think very carefully before choosing a laptop brand or other hardware/software choice outside the recommended list, as you may be limiting your potential sources of support.

Below are the minimum Computer System Recommendations:

  • Manufacturer/Model: Dell Latitude E-Series/Apple Macbook Pro or Macbook Air
  • Display: Minimum 11” screen – for improved readability, consider 13” or larger
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or better/OS X 10.8 or better
  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or faster (or equivalent AMD)
  • Video Memory: 64MB graphics card or better
  • RAM: 8GB or higher
  • Hard Drive or SSD: 120GB or higher
  • Networking/WiFi adapter: 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11 a/g/n/ac wireless
  • Media Drives: CD/DVD-RW, Flash Drive (32 GB), USB port
  • Battery Life: 3-6 hours
  • Warranty: 3 year parts/on-site labor
  • Protection Software: Anti-virus (Microsoft Security Essentials for PC and Sophos for Mac), Anti-adware & Anti-spyware
  • Printer: HP Black & White LaserJet

The Dell E series Latitude is designed for a professional enterprise user and is not what you will find in a consumer-focused retail store.  We have found these systems to be very reliable and strongly recommend them to both students and faculty for their personal computing needs.  This recommendation is not meant to dissuade you from other manufacturers or even other lines of Dell computers, however we know this line to be a great fit for a law student who needs a solid, reliable system for three years of challenging work.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display, is the best all-around MacBook Apple now makes — unless you absolutely, positively need a built-in optical drive or Ethernet jack (both are available via external dongles or peripherals). It provides desktop-replacement-level performance, but is nearly as slim as an imagined 15-inch MacBook Air would be, even if it’s a little heavier than it looks.

We do not recommend tablet-based systems. Nor do we recommend netbooks or Chromebooks.  You are certainly welcome to buy them but we don’t believe they will meet your needs in law school. Essentially, you can bring any device you want to law school. However, if you want to take exams and keep pace with the challenges of law school, you should purchase a high-quality, business class laptop, not a cheap off-brand version you found on sale at Best Buy. Remember, you want a system that is reliable and will last you through completing the BAR exam. You don’t want a machine that crashes in the middle of the BAR!

MacBook ProThe Pepperdine University Computer Store offers generous discounts to Pepperdine University students on software and hardware. These discounts are often more than the typical education discounts that you will find online. The Computer Store is open from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and can be accessed 24/7 online.

For purchasing as an enrolled Pepperdine student, please visit the Pepperdine University Computer Store or call Pepperdine University Tech Central at (310) 506-4811.

Thinking of upgrading to Windows 10? WAIT, NOT YET!

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Microsoft recently announced that it will officially release its newest operating system, Windows 10, beginning July 29, 2015. They have announced that this will be a free upgrade for existing Windows users and that users can begin to reserve their update now.

Please note that ExamSoft does not support Windows 10 at this time. Examsoft’s team of skilled developers and quality assurance testers are working to certify a version of SofTest to be used with Windows 10. However, in the mean time, please DO NOT UPDATE your device. We will continue to keep you posted on SofTest’s progress for developing an update compatible with Windows 10, but for now, Please refrain from updating your computer.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact our Exam Taker Support Team.

Alumni Email? Get your account now!

Hurray! You’ve graduated from Pepperdine University! The last thing on your mind is your Pepperdine Email account, but there are some things you need to know…

  • Student email accounts are deleted 90 days after the student’s last enrolled semester (90 days from Graduation day).
  • Once an account is deleted/deactivated the data/emails in that account it is not recoverable.

emailBut there’s good news. You’re an alumnus now!  Alumni may obtain a free, lifetime email account through Pepperdine’s Alumni Association. You can find more information on how to register for an Alumni Email account at the Pepperdine Alumni website.

After your student email address expires, no mail will be received at your student address. To make a smooth transition, the Alumni Association recommends:

  1. Set up your new alumni e-mail address
  2. Forward your mail in Wavenet to a new email address. Note: use Internet Explorer for this step.
  3. Set up an out-of-office message in your Pepperdine Email (accessed through Wavenet) account informing all your contacts of your graduation and of your new email address. Log into Wavenet click on Options, and then update your Out of Office Assistant.

Still Need Access to Lexis Over Your Summer Break? You Got it!

Summer Access

Nothing is changing this summer!

You’ll have the same access to Lexis Advance whether you’re working or taking classes. Your law school ID lets you access Lexis Advance all summer for:

  • Academic, professional, and non-profit research
  • All the legal content and news you have as a law student
  • Unlimited hours per week

You don’t have to register for summer access. Your law school ID will remain active all summer for the above purposes. Summer access is available from the date your spring classes end through the date your fall classes begin. Normal law school terms of service apply outside of these dates.

PLUS, for the first time Daily Research Points are available in the summer—10 points per day. But you must be opted in to LexisNexis Rewards and Daily Research Points to earn them.

Have a great summer!

Helpful Tips for Your Next Exam – #1 Close Spotify before Opening SofTest!

We wanted to make all users aware of a few tips for taking exams with Examsoft’s SofTest.

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1. Be sure to Close Spotify Before Taking an Exam – Students at other law schools have reported Examsoft issues caused by having Spotify open on their laptop when they opened SofTest. The SofTest program attempts to lock your computer into the exam environment. However, SofTest sometimes cannot properly lock down the Spotify program which can cause your computer to bog down or freeze in the middle of an exam… so for the sake of your own sanity, please make sure you quit the Spotify program before you open SofTest.

2. Restart your Computer BEFORE Finals – Sometimes we fail to realize how long it has been since the last time we restarted our laptops. Restarting your laptop will help speed up the performance of your computer, as well as install critical updates. This will help your machine operate faster during finals, especially when working within a program like SofTest. Restarting will also close installers and other programs that may be running in the background and slowing down your laptop’s performance. There is nothing quite as maddening as having your machine take forever to load your exam when you are already in a hurry, or delay uploading your answers once you have completed the test.

3. Spell-Check – This is a very handy tool during exams. However, the spell-check in SofTest doesn’t work quite the same way as spell-check in Word. First, it will not automatically visually indicate spelling errors so you won’t see the little red squiggle line under misspelled words like you would in MS Word. Second, you must actually open the spell-checker tool for it to find misspelled words. You must then go through each misspelled word, one-by-one, to find and fix each error. You can however, “change all” if you have misspelled the same word multiple times, so that could save you a few clicks. The spell-checker will also offer recommended words that you can select to replace the misspelled word with. This can be a tedious process, especially when you are pressed for time, so be sure to save several minutes at the end of your exam to go through the Spell-Check process.

spell1The tool is located in different places on PCs and Macs. On PCs the spell-checker is available by simply clicking the small “abc” icon in the toolbar above your essay. On Macs, the spell-checker is available by clicking on the “Spell” tab on the right-hand navigation menu.  For a full list of directions on how to use the spell-checker tool, please visit the Examsoft Spell Check Directions site for PC and Mac. If you don’t see the tabs or icons mentioned above, spell-check might have been disabled for your exam by the instructor.

4. Word Count – Word count is a helpful feature in SofTest and is absolutely necessary for certain exams. However, it can be tricky to use sometimes. First, it’s not automatically available. You must locate the tool by clicking on the “Stats” tab located on the right side of the screen in SofTest. If you have used it once already during this portion of the exam, you will need to select the “Recount Essay Statistics” button to update the word count. This tool will help you keep your essays within your instructor’s specified parameters for the exam.

For additional helpful tips from Examsoft, please visit the Exam Taker Tips page.

Good Luck on Finals!

 

Graduating 3Ls — WaveNet/Email Access Suspends 8/13/2015

Please note that upon graduation, your access to WaveNet and all other services related to your WaveNet credentials will be suspended 90 days later. This suspension also applies to your Pepperdine University email account.

This year’s graduation date for the School of Law is May, 15, 2015.

The access suspension date for the School of Law May 2015 graduates will be August 13, 2015.

All graduates will get reminder notices about their pending WaveNet account suspension from an automated system 90 days, 60 days, and the final notice 30 days from their suspension date.

Please make sure that you have an alternate email address setup with an auto reply with that information on your Pepperdine student email account to ensure that those who are attempting to reach you (prospective employers, lottery prize award officials, etc.) can do so.

If you would like to setup forwarding for your current student email address to another address, you can do so here: https://alumni.pepperdine.edu/email-forwarding

If you are interested in getting a Pepperdine Alumni email account (to which you can forward your current student email address) you can begin that process here: http://www.pepperdine.edu/alumni/benefits-services/email/ 

The above link (http://www.pepperdine.edu/alumni/benefits-services/email/) will also provide helpful instructions on how to move your current student email and contact information to a different email account.

Don’t Wait for Exam Day. Take a Mock Exam Today!

2014-12-04_1021We highly recommend taking a Mock Exam with SofTest to verify the software is working properly on your laptop. Although SofTest should run fine on any computer you have taken an exam with before, it is always wise to test the SofTest software once again prior to exam day. You don’t want to run into any issues during the exam that you could have discovered if you had only taken a mock exam. It only takes a few minutes and its well worth the time to double check your system before it’s too late.

So why wait? Test out your SofTest environment TODAY!

For directions on how to take a Mock Exam, please visit the below ExamSoft tutorials:

How to Download a Mock Exam

How to Take a Mock Exam

Upgrading SofTest for Finals

Where has the time gone? Final examinations are HERE!!! Make sure you have version 11 of SofTest installed on your computer. To verify you have the most recent version of SofTest installed on your computer, please visit the ExamSoft website.

I used SofTest for midterm examinations. Do I need to download a new version?

Possibly. If you completed midterm examinations using SofTest, your computer should be ready for final examinations. However, if you have recently upgraded your laptop’s operating system, then you should update to the latest version of SofTest before attempting to download your final exam. As always, you should try a Mock Exam in order to verify SofTest is working properly.

How do I update SofTest to the latest version?

Even though you may be on version 11, you will want to verify that you have the most recent update to version 11. To trigger the SofTest update, first open the application on your laptop. The instructions are slightly different for users on different operating systems.

  • For Windows OS users, press the CTRL button and the letters ‘A’ and ‘U’ simultaneously (CTRL+AU).
  • For Mac OSX users, once SofTest is open, press the Command key plus the letters ‘A’ and ‘U’ simultaneously (CMND+AU).

For more information on this, visit the Update SofTest page on the ExamSoft website.

I downloaded the new version of SofTest, but now my exam is missing?

If you downloaded your exam prior to completing the upgrade to SofTest version 11 you MUST Reverse Download the exam.  There are separate instructions for Windows users and Mac Users.

I used SofTest for examinations last semester. Do I need to download a new version?

Possibly. If you used SofTest last semester, you should already have version 11. For information on verifying which version you have, see above. However, if you are still on version 10, and SofTest failed to update by following the above ‘Update’ directions, you will need to uninstall version 10 and download version 11 by completing the following steps:

  1. Uninstall version 10 (or older) of SofTest. There are separate instructions for Windows users and Mac Users.
  2. Install  version 11 of SofTest. There are separate instructions for Windows users and Mac Users.

If you need additional support please visit www.examsoft.com/support or call 866-429-8889.

 

Printing Services

Printing Services in Law LibraryPepperdine University Law Students are granted 500 pages at the beginning of each semester at the Law Library Public Services Desk.

Printing is $0.06 per page and $0.25 for color. To add print credit to your account CLICK HERE   (Note that once you add credit, the amount is non-refundable but it does carry over between terms.)

Mac Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printers and the Color printer

Please note that the Macintosh installer only works for Macintosh 10.7 and higher. If you have an operating older than 10.6, you will have to either upgrade your system or use our Mobile Print Service FOUND HERE

PC 64-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printers and the Color printer
PC 32-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printers and the Color printer

If you’re a PC user and unsure which installer to use the following directions.

  1. Click on the Start button and then Control Panel.
  2. Click on the System and Security link.Note: If you’re viewing either the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won’t see this link. Just click on the System icon and then proceed to Step 4.
  3. In the System and Security window, click on the System link.
  4. When the System window opens, titled as View basic information about your computer, locate the System area below the oversized Windows logo.
  5. In the System area, look for System type among the other statistics about your computer.The System type will report either a 32-bit Operating System or a 64-bit Operating System.