Tablets in Law School? Not So Much.

While the tablet revolution is changing the way many people think about computing and has turned upside down many aspects of how companies deliver services, these changes have not fully made it into the law school experience.

It’s true that with a keyboard, a tablet can be a great tool for typing, even outlining in a law school class but a tablet still is not a system that is supported for computer-based examinations.

At Pepperdine School of Law, students are not required to use a computer for exams but we do encourage it and you will find that we use the same system that the California Bar Exam uses (as well as over 40 other state jurisdictions).

The iPad, Android Tablets, Microsoft Surface, and any other tablet-based systems are strongly discouraged for law students as a primary computing platform.

It is our intention to guide law students toward the best possible computing experience during their time in law school. As a law student you have a significant challenge in front of you (law school).  Because of the intense nature of the law school experience you should have the best computer suited for your needs.  This is not to say that you should not own a tablet at all, rather feel free to add a tablet to your stable of tools that includes a reliable laptop.

When taking notes in class, preparing outlines for study, drafting documents, and especially when taking exams, law students should have a reliable laptop computer. Tablet systems have come a long way but are not supported for the administration of exams at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Law students are strongly encouraged to acquire and maintain a reliable laptop computer while in law school.  Use of a tablet system (iOS, Android, Windows RT/Surface) is strongly discouraged and is not supported for exam administrations.

 

Law School Computer Recommendations

Dell Latitude E-Series

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 and the University provides basic Dell laptop repairs and warranty service. 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
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or better/OS X 10.8 or better
  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or faster
  • Video Memory: 64MB graphics card or better
  • RAM: 4GB or higher
  • Hard Drive: 80GB or higher
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11 a/g/n/ac wireless
  • Media Drives: CD/DVD-RW, Flash Drive (32 GB)
  • 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.

MacBook Pro

The 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.

Tech Gear: Buying Things for School

Many folks ask us if there are any savings to be had through our University Computer Store.  The answer is YES!  Though you should note that most of the offerings from our computer store are through negotiated relationships with major manufacturers and online retailers.

To see our recommendations for computers click HERE.

Check out the University Computer Store page for more information!

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.
  • Once an account is deleted/deactivated the data/emails in that account it is not recoverable.

emailBut there’s good news. You’re an alumni 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 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 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.

Be Careful When You’re on a Conference Call

THE MUTE FUNCTION IS YOUR FRIEND!

As an attorney, you may find yourself in a conference call, webinar, or a video conference several times a month if not more frequently.

Conference Calling

As a responsible member of the profession, you should observe the basic etiquette of meetings even when others on the call or video link can’t see or hear you.

I was recently on a long (almost 2 hours) conference call with a number of high level executives where one person who likely spends many hours a week on conference calls forgot to mute their phone … This unfortunate oversight included a car trip to a coffee shop and then three short conversations with a wait person at the coffee shop. During this whole time, the ambient noise of this person’s line was extraordinarily distracting, creating a very challenging atmosphere for others to pay attention to the focus of the call.

While the above incident was pretty innocuous with respect to what we overheard (that person is incredibly kind and polite), it left a negative impression upon many.  You don’t ever want to be that person.

Check out this video and see if you can spot the problems. (It’s ok to laugh.)

#1 Tip: If you are not talking (in a multiparty conference) then MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE and double check to ensure it is REALLY muted.

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