Extended Hours for Fall 2016 Final Exam Period

Dear Law Students,timetostudy

It¹s just about time for the Fall 2016 final exams.  You know what that means!  Yes, extended hours in the Law Library and the law school building.

The Law Library will be open extended hours starting November 27, 2016 through December 15, 2016.  Most nights the library will close at 2:00 am but check the schedule for details at http://law.pepperdine.edu/library/schedule.htm.

Please call the Law Library Public Services Department if you have questions at (310) 506-4643.

Additionally, starting Monday morning, December 5, 2016 and running through the morning of Thursday, December 15, 2016 the Odell McConnell Law Center will be open 24 hours.  During this time, the Di Loreto Dining Room (cafeteria area) and the School of Law Smith Atrium will be open and available to you.

Also, please note that classrooms will be open during the weekend to facilitate your studies for final exams.  Typically classrooms are locked over the weekends but during final exams, you will find most of the classrooms unlocked.  This year those weekends are Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4 and Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11, 2016.

We wish you all the best as you prepare for your final exams. Study hard, get the rest you need, eat right and don¹t forget to get up and get some exercise now and then.

 

 

Examsoft Users: Now Safe to Upgrade to Mac Sierra OS

mac-sierraThe title says it all. After several long weeks of waiting… it is now safe to upgrade your Mac OS to Sierra. Examsoft just released a new compatible update that will allow you to take exams on the Sierra OS. Feel free to update away! Just remember, when you update to Sierra, you will still need to make sure that you update your SofTest version as well. SofTest should update itself automatically if you open the program and let it run in the background for about 15 minutes. However, if you wish to manually update simply open SofTest and follow the below instructions.

  • 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.

The latest version of SofTest is listed below. You should be able to see your current version number at the top of the SofTest window when you open the program.

Mac: 11.0.743.95011
Windows: 11.0.4946.36233

Enjoy Sierra and good luck on your exams!

SofTest Update

As of November 1, 2016 the most current Version of SofTest for Pepperdine Law School students is:

Macs-

11.0.743.95011

Windows

11.0.4946.36233

Please verify you have the most current version as your exam may not work properly if your version is outdated. There have been several reported issues with older versions, so update to the latest version before you take a final!!!

How do I verify I have the latest version of SofTest?

To verify if you have the latest version of SofTest,Go to your institution’s ExamSoft portal: http://www.examsoft.com/schoolname where ‘schoolname’ represents the abbreviated name for your institution. (E.g. California Bar would be calbar.) Log in at the “Exam Takers” field at the top left.

 

After you have logged in you will then need to click the “Gear” in the top right corner of the page and select “My Account”

You can review the latest version of SofTest from here as shown below.

If you do not have the latest version and you are told there is a newer version of SofTest available you need to update SofTest.

 

How do I Update SofTest?

To trigger the SofTest automatic 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).

You should get a message that requests you to accept the update similar to this:

es3Wait up to 15 minutes and then reopen SofTest and view the version number at the top of SofTest to verify that it has successfully updated. (Please Note: the version number on the screenshot below is only and example, and does not reflect the most current version number of SofTest.)

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IMPORTANT: RETURNING USERS – If you have not taken an exam during the current term, you may need to re-register your software for the current academic school year. To do this, simply follow the same steps for installing the program for the first time. Login to the Examsoft website listed above, download SofTest and install. When prompted, accept the new academic year’s student agreement and follow the remaining prompts to install the latest version of SofTest.

We have a few simple steps to install and register SofTest so you can be prepared to take your upcoming exams:

1. Go to www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw

2. Log in under ‘Exam Takers’ using your credentials. Students can access their student ID and 4-digit exam number through WaveNet in the Student Resource section under the heading, Academic History.

StudentID: {Custom.StudentID}

Password: {Custom.Passwd}

Students can also access their student ID and 4-digit exam number through Examsoft’s website. The username is typically the same as your Wavenet ID. You should have received an email containing your password, user ID, and exam number. If you cannot find this, simply reset your password and login.

To view your exam number, select the settings icon in the upper right corner of the Examsoft page, and then choose “My Account”. Your exam number will be visible under the your account settings.

3. Download SofTest and complete the installation process. Be sure to select the “SofTest Registration Instructions” drop-down tab to view your institutional registration code, which is pepperdinelaw.

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Launch SofTest and register using your StudentID and password.

For FAQ and information on how to us SofTest, visit Using ExamSoft on Your Laptop

For Student Test Takers Tech Support and Help, please contact the Examsoft Test Takers Support line at 866.429.8889 or via email at support@examsoft.com.

 

Demo of Collaboration Station in Law Library

 

Huddle Vu — a video collaboration table in the Law Library

This collaboration station from FSR INC. will allow up to six laptops/iphones/tablets share a single screen (one at a time) to work together on studies and projects.

The folks from FSR have loaned us this table to see if it is something our students would find helpful.  This table is similar to those made by other manufacturers except that this one is supposed to take NO setup time for the user — all that you need is a device that you can connect via an HDMI cable.  If you need an adapter for your Mac, or other device, please let the folks at the Law Library Public Services desk know.  If for some reason no adapter is available for your device, please send a note to support@law.pepperdine.edu and let us know what you need.

Here’s the blurb from FSR INC. on the HuddleVu station:

“The HuddleVU system allows for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phones screens on a main display. Unlike conventional presentation systems, anyone participating can be a presenter or the audience at any given time at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy to each user. HuddleVU creates the ideal environment for people to view and share ideas. The systems include all the necessary video switching equipment, control hardware, display power control and color-coded captive HDMI cables. It is a very simple yet effective system to quickly install and use.”

Here’s a promo video for the HuddleVu

If you like this product or like the idea of it, please let us know by sending an email here.

If you are looking for your own HDMI adapter for your laptop or other device here are some good sources:

  1. iPhone/iPad
  2. MacBook Mini DisplayPort to HDMI
  3. www.monoprice.com
  4. www.cablestogo.com

Microsoft Office?

Are you looking for a good price on Microsoft Office?

Office 365 University

Students and Faculty can purchase this software at a significant discount through Microsoft’s education store.

See the Pepperdine IT Student Discount page here:

http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/students/newstudents/student-discount.htm 

Many software vendors are now selling software subscriptions instead of one-time licenses.

Microsoft still sells a one-time license for Office but at $135 it’s about 65% more than the price of a four-year subscription which is now $80.  In the case of MS Office, the subscription model gives you more software (MS Publisher and MS Access is the big difference).  There’s also a $6.99 per month plan for Office 365 Personal but the $80 deal is way better for the same stuff.

NOTE: While MS Word is a standard in law schools and the legal community, great inroads are being made by Google Docs as well as Google’s other apps.  All of these apps are available for no cost through Pepperdine’s Google.pepperdine.edu service.

September is National Preparedness Month!

Emergency_PrepSeptember is National Emergency Preparedness Month!

Yep, it’s that time of year again.  Let’s start thinking about being prepared for emergencies.

 

 

We strongly recommend that you subscribe to notification services as well as make a plan for you and your family should the unthinkable happen.

The Pepperdine site, in addition to being our Pepperdine-focused web-based emergency status/update information source, has a wealth of information related to both campus preparedness as well as resources for personal preparedness.

 

Color Printing and Copies in the Law Library (Students and others)

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The Law Library maintains a color copier for both students and other library patrons to use.

Price per color impression is $0.35.  This means if you print a color document that is duplexed (printed on both sides) you will be charged $0.70 for that piece of paper (if there’s color on both sides).

Note that if you choose to print a document that has some pages that are black and white and some that contain color, each black and white page will be charged at $0.06/impression (side of a page of paper) and the color impressions (sides of a page) will be charged at $0.35 each.  Yep, it’s a kinda smart system.

To access this color copier using your laptop or other device please go to THIS PAGE for detailed instructions.

Shared Account Users: For instructions on how to print documents from a personal computer using a shared account, please review this guide.

To do a quick color (or B&W) print job:

  1. Make sure your document is in PDF format
  2. Make sure you have money on your ID Card (to add or to check go here) — If you don’t have funds on your account (separate from the law school printing account) you can’t print anything.
  3. Using your Chrome browser go to https://copierprint.pepperdine.edu/
  4. You will need to login to this page with you Wavenet credentials
  5. Then click on the Web Print option on the left hand list of options then click on Submit a Job
  6. Follow the prompts (pick FindmeColor or FindmeBW)  Note that the charge for color is $0.35 per impression (but only for the pages with COLOR on them, pages with black and white are charged at $0.06)
  7. Select your number of copies (that’s your only option on this page – at this point this service does not support duplexing, or stapling)
  8. Upload your file — or drag it to the designated area on the screen.
  9. You will need to go to the copier to Release the job
  10. At the copier, login using your Wavenet credentials
  11. Select your print job from the list and release it

To Make a Copy

  1. Make sure you have money on your ID Card (to add or to check go here) — If you don’t have funds on your account (separate from the law school printing account) you can’t copy anything.
  2. At the copier, login using your Wavenet credentials
  3. Select Device Functions
  4. Select Copy
  5. Follow the normal prompts as you make your copies
  6. NOTE: This system absolutely will NOT allow you to go beyond your available funds in your account (see #1 above to check your balance).  For this reason, you may get logged off immediately after you do your first copy job. To learn how to ensure that you don’t get logged off do a “Job Build” to avoid needing to log in for each successive copy job you want to do.

You will note that this is a VERY DIFFERENT SYSTEM FROM the black and white printers.  

The black and white printers are maintained by the law school. The copiers are maintained by the University.  

You should note that this is the last year (2016-2017) that the black and white printers will be provided through the law school as we are phasing out this service in favor of the more economical and efficient copier printing.

For black and white printing (using your laptop or mobile device) to the Law Library HP student printers go HERE

ExamSoft SofTest – Registering with Pepperdine

ExamSoft LogoExamSoft Worldwide produces the SofTest examination software used by many law schools and state bar examiners. This software is a secure essay exam word processor. Pepperdine School of Law allows students to use this software to take their mid term and final law exams. If you plan to use your laptop computer to take your exams, SofTest is required. The majority of students currently take all or some of their exams via this program.

SofTest can be downloaded from the Internet (http://www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw) and installed on your laptop computer. In order to use the ExamSoft SofTest program at Pepperdine University School of Law, you MUST agree to the terms of this ExamSoft Student Agreement

IMPORTANT: RETURNING USERS – If you have not taken an exam during the current term, you may need to re-register your software for the current academic school year. To do this, simply follow the same steps for installing the program for the first time. Login to the Examsoft website listed above, download SofTest and install. When prompted, accept the new academic year’s student agreement and follow the remaining prompts to install the latest version of SofTest.

Before attempting any exam, we highly recommend downloading and running a ‘Mock Exam’ within SofTest. This will help ensure the software is functioning properly on your computer prior to exam day.

If you have recently upgraded your computer’s operating system, be sure to update SofTest to the most current version. You should always verify you are running the latest version of SofTest before every exam. Outdated software is the most common cause of technical issues on exams. For more information on the latest version of SofTest, as well as instructions on verifying your current version and updating to the newest version, please visit our SofTest Update and Finals postings.

NOTE: ExamSoft will not support Mac OS beta releases. For more information on ExamSoft’s Mac OS requirements, please visit the ExamSoft website.

For Student Test Takers Tech Support and Help, please contact the Examsoft Test Takers Support line at 866.429.8889 or via email at support@examsoft.com.

Laptop Rentals (for students)

brokenlaptopThe University’s Tech Central provides rental laptops to students.

If you are stuck and need a temporary solution, check out their rental program by calling (310) 506-4811.

There is a limited number of rental units so don’t hesitate to call and reserve as system if you think you’ll need one!

Tech Central also offers an array of other fee-based services — see this site for more details.