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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.

 

 

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)

Sharp MX-3570N

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

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.

 

New Copiers at Pepperdine!

MX-M354N-LPepperdine has just updated the copiers to the latest 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 new MFDs using a different procedure than was standard in the past.  Guests must buy a prepaid print card and then register online with our print/copy management system while students pay for their printing through their Student ID card.  See this page:http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/copyservices/printsetup.htm

Prior to this update, students, and guests could not print to the copiers in the University Library public areas.  This has now changed.  All students can print to all Sharp MFDs in public areas at any of the Pepperdine Southern California campuses.  This includes the newly installed 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.  This MFD is the only option for color printing for students in the Law Library.

The initiative that includes the installation of these new Sharp MFDs includes efforts university-wide to significantly reduce the number of individual and workgroup printers (which in aggregate are vastly less efficient and more expensive to maintain than the new copiers).

Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, the School of Law will be gradually removing workgroup and personal printers as we move printing and copying onto the new multi-function copiers from Sharp.  After graduation in May 2017, the School of Law will retire its existing student printing system in favor of the new more efficient and feature-rich system provided by the University.

PLEASE NOTE that student printing as managed in the Law Library will remain the same for all law students during the 2016-2017 school year.  Note also that while other university students CANNOT print to the law student printers, they CAN print to the new Sharp MFD located in the public area of the Law Library (near the fax machine and the student printers).

 

 

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 (we like Windows 10 too but not Windows 8 so much) /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: DVD or BluRay(optional), Flash Drive (32 GB or larger is great), 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
  • Personal 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.

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 (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.

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”