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Print Credit for Students at School of Law

On the first day of each term students at the School of Law will receive $30 of non-refundable, non-transferable print/copy credit to be used through the University’s copy/print system called PaperCut.

PaperCut manages the copy and print functions of the Sharp Multi-function printer/copiers.

Note that the credit provided by the School of Law each term does not carry forward if a balance remains at the end of the term.  The first day of a term is the first day of classes. The last day of a term is the day before the start of the next term (first day of classes for Fall, Spring, Summer).

New students will not receive credit until the first day of classes.

The credit provided by the School of Law can only be used for copy or print jobs.  This credit cannot be used at the cafeteria for food purchases.

When the credit applied to a student’s PaperCut account is exhausted before the end of the term, further copier or print use must be covered by funds provided by the student in their Waves Cash Global account.  If a student has funds in that account, there is no need for any action to be taken as the system will automatically charge the copy or print usage against the available funds on deposit in that account.  If there are no funds in a student’s Waves Cash Global account, funds must be added to make copies or print.

The Sharp Multi-function printer/copiers are located at all of the Pepperdine University Southern California campuses in student-accessible areas including the Pepperdine libraries.

Final Exam Prep: ExamSoft

ExamSoft Logo

First-time exam taker? Did you get a new computer since your last exam period? Have you recently upgraded your laptop operating system? Don’t forget to download ExamSoft to your computer for Final Exams!

ExamSoft Worldwide produces the Examplify 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, Examplify is required. The majority of students currently take all or some of their exams via this program.

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

For more information, check out Examsoft’s Exam Taker Guide for everything you need to know about using Examplify.

ExamSoft Releases periodic updates to Examplify that update to your computer automatically, overnight. These updates include general Performance Improvements and Software Bug Fixes. Most often, students do not notice the changes. For information on the current updates, you can visit the ExamSoft Support page regarding Releases.

 

Don’t Upgrade to High Sierra (released 9/25/2017)

Please note that the latest version of the Mac OS (High Sierra) is NOT supported by ExamSoft at this time.

If you plan to use your computer for mid-terms, do NOT upgrade your Mac’s operating system.

Please check this page ..

https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/ka250000000Pkz3AAC/Examplify-Minimum-System-Requirements-for-Mac-OS-X

for a complete list of systems supported by ExamSoft.

Printing Selected Pages using PDF – Windows

Using our new print system here at Pepperdine can be a bit of a challenge at times.

Particularly if you just want to print a few pages of a word document.

Since the web interface for printing requires PDF files to print, you may find yourself looking for an easy way (any way?) to print selected pages without buying an expensive copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

One approach is to install a  PDF “printer” that will allow you to select a series of pages (example: 7,11,21,57)  or a range of pages (example: 56-65) and send them to the PDF “printer” which really just creates a PDF file of the pages you have selected.

MAC users should be able to do this with their existing software, however, Windows users will find it much easier with an additional program.

FOR WINDOWS users:

We have done some limited testing on a product called PDF-XChange Lite which is a free product for those using it for non-commercial purposes.  There may be other good solutions but we have found this one to work fairly easily.

If you decide to try it, you must first download and install the software which takes a few minutes.

After it’s installed, it is listed as a printer in your list of printers on your Windows computer.

When you want to print, select PDF-XChange Lite as your printer, enter the pages you want to print:

If you want a range of pages enter the first page then a hyphen then the last page (so it might be 56-65).

If you want a non-consecutive selection of pages, separate them with commas.  So let’s say we want to print pages 7,11,21,57 — just enter them like that and you’ll get a file with only those pages.

You will be prompted to name the file — I suggested saving the file to your desktop so it’s easy to find to upload to the file server at print.pepperdine.edu.

For more info on printing to the Sharp Copiers go HERE.

Maximize your Laptop battery life

As we enter a new school year, it’s good to take a few minutes now and then to think about various ways to make life a little better.  I call it managing your variables.

One of those variables is the amount of time you can go without needing to charge your laptop. Whether you’re studying at the beach or in your friend’s car on the way to Disneyland, you will be glad you took a few minutes to do everything you can to get the most out of your laptop’s battery.

Check this article from LifeHacker for some great tips on saving battery life.

If you can only do a couple of things, keep these in mind:

  1. Heat is a battery killer.  Keep your machine as cool as you can.
  2. Reduce the screen’s brightness as far as you can stand it.
  3. If you don’t need WiFi, turn it off.

 

 

Install the LiveSafe App today!

 

 

 

Go ahead and take a moment to go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download the LiveSafe app onto your mobile device.

The “LiveSafe” app is designed to improve communication between our University community members and Public Safety, and allows for faster emergency response in distress situations.  The app is free and available to all members of our community: students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, and friends.

Through LiveSafe, you can submit information and chat with Public Safety in both emergency and non-emergency situations, and you can look out for your friends and loved ones by watching them get to their destination safely with SafeWalk. If you need a medical or security escort on the Malibu campus or a ride back to the Malibu campus, you can call Public Safety using the SafeRide feature.  When you submit a tip, you can attach a photo, video clip, or audio clip, and you can submit all of this information anonymously if you choose.  And, when you use LiveSafe to call 911 or contact Public Safety in an emergency, the app can track your location, which helps first responders know exactly where help is needed.

We’ve also loaded critical information resources into the app, so you now have emergency response information and contact information for key University services at your fingertips anytime, anywhere—even internationally.[i]

Here’s how you can get the app:

  1. Open Google Play or the Apple App Store on your phone. Search for “LiveSafe” and download the option with the blue shield.
  2. Tap “Sign up.” Fill in your profile information and create a password.  (You are welcome to use your personal, non-Pepperdine e-mail address. We suggest that you do not use the same username and password as you use for the Pepperdine Central Authentication Server.)
  3. “Pepperdine University” may pop-up if you are close to the campus. If so, tap “Yes.” Otherwise tap “Change” to select “Pepperdine University” as your institution.

[i]  Most of the app’s features will work internationally, so long as you have a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.  You will still be able to submit tips and information to Public Safety, and you will be able to utilize the SafeWalk feature.  However, the “Call 911” option is programmed for US emergency dispatch only and will not automatically route to local first responders. In an emergency situation overseas, it will be important to dial the correct 911-equivalent number for your location. You can find this information at http://travel.state.gov.

[Above text pulled from http://emergency.pepperdine.edu/livesafe/ on 8/15/2017]

Update your Computer? Please Don’t … Yet

 

In this day and age we are conditioned to make sure that we apply the updates for our computer operating systems as soon as they’re released. As you probably know, tech folks call this your “OS”.

If you have a Microsoft Windows computer, Windows 10 (or 8.1 or 7) is your “OS” or operating system.  If you have an Apple Mac computer, then you are running some variant of OSX (pronounced “O S – ten”).

There are times over the course of the school year when Microsoft and Apple release updates to their operating systems.

Please DO NOT apply these updates immediately if you are planning to use your computer to take mid-term and final exams.

Pepperdine Law uses a secure exam software to administer exams from ExamSoft.com.  This software is sensitive to changes in operating systems because it is designed to ensure a totally secure exam environment.  When there is a change to your OS, ExamSoft may no longer function properly.

Please check with this site: lawtech.pepperdine.edu or our vendor’s site: examsoft.com before your update your OS.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to check in with the support desk in the Law Library or send an email to support@law.pepperdine.edu

Copiers and Printing at Pepperdine Law

MX-M354N-LPepperdine has multi-function devices (MFDs) from Sharp (you can still call them copiers but they’re much more).

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Guests can print, scan, or copy on the MFDs using an account associated with their Pepperdine ID cards.  Students buy copy and print credit here:   https://get.cbord.com/pepperdine/full/prelogin.php

See this page:http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/copyservices/printsetup.htm

All students can print to all Sharp MFDs in public areas at any of the Pepperdine Southern California campuses.  This includes the  color-enabled Sharp MFD in the Law Library public area.  Printing in color or black and white is possible and a document with a mix of color and black and white pages will only incur the higher cost for color on the pages where there is color.

Information on print credit for School of Law students

Law School Computer Recommendations

If 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 Series/Apple Macbook Pro or Macbook Air
  • Display: Minimum 11” screen – for improved readability, consider 13” or larger
  • Operating System: Windows 10 /OS X 10.10 or better  (Windows 7 is fine but we do not recommend Windows 8)
  • 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: DVD or BluRay(optional), Flash Drive (32 GB or larger is great), USB port
  • Battery Life: 4-6 hours, much longer is much better
  • Warranty: 3 year parts/on-site labor
  • Protection Software: Anti-Malware (Microsoft Security Essentials for PC and Sophos for Mac), Anti-adware & Anti-spyware
  • Personal Printer: HP Black & White LaserJet

The Dell Latitude series 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 (plus the Bar exam).

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 found on sale at a big box retailer. Remember, you want a system that is reliable and will last you through completing the BAR exam. You don’t want a machine that may crash in the middle of an exam!

MacBook ProThe Pepperdine University Computer Store (an online referral site) 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 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.

Please note that using a computer on the University network requires that you agree to the University Computer and Network Usage policy.