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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.

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, 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 on an MS Surface) is strongly discouraged and is not supported for exam administrations.

 

Printing Services at the School of Law

To send a print job start here: copierprint.pepperdine.edu

To setup your printing go here for complete instructions.

Color Printing is $0.35 per side of a page 

Black and White Printing is $0.06 per side of a page

Print accounting and print charges are managed by the University.  

Charges go to your Pepperdine ID card’s linked Waves Cash Global account.

You cannot print if you do not have funds on deposit in your Waves Cash Global account.

 

Typically, print jobs are sent via the web using a web-browser interface.  In nearly all circumstances, your document that you want to print must be in PDF format.

You transfer/upload your PDF file to the copyprint.pepperdine.edu site and select your parameters (number of copies, etc.).  If you want to print in color, you want to select a “findmecolor” solution (see video here) or “findmebw” for black and white.

Then once the document is uploaded, you go to the copier nearest you — Law School? go to the Law Library and see the copiers near the public services desk.

Swipe your ID card or type in your Wavenet credentials, select the print job you want to “release” and you have your document!

  • You can check your account balance here: https://get.cbord.com/pepperdine/full/prelogin.php
  • Your Waves Cash Global account can be used to buy food at the cafeterias on campus in addition to using the new copier/print system.
  • If you want a refund, you can do that through the University’s cashier’s office within 90 days of graduation.
  • More info on how refunds from Waves Cash Global accounts work is here.

Copiers at Pepperdine Law

MX-M354N-LPepperdine has 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.  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 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  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 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).

 

Color Copier for Printing and Copies in both B&W and Color in the Law Library

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The Law Library maintains a color copier for Pepperdine users.

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.

 

 

Paid-in Print Credit? Your funds were moved to Waves Cash Global after 5/19/2017

The School of Law has officially retired its proprietary student printing system.

We have moved to the University’s standard copier/print system.  The old system was taken off-line on Friday, May 19, 2017.

This means that students who have paid for additional print credit had their funds moved to the University Waves Cash Global system.

Waves Cash Global?

If you have paid money into your printing account here at the School of Law (Paid-in Print Credit), we had those funds transferred to a University-managed account (Waves Cash Global) after May 19, 2017.

If you did not pay into your School of Law printing account (called “Pharos Uniprint”) the print credit that was advanced to you by the Law Library each term was not transferred. As you probably recall, each term the law library advanced print credit to you each term.  All unused print credit advanced by the Law Library was zeroed out at the end of each term and then renewed at the beginning of each term.

This old system was retired on 5/19/2017 and replaced with a system managed by the University that relies upon funds associated with your Pepperdine ID card — Waves Cash.  If you have not added money to your Pepperdine ID card, you should check out this site for more information.  This system supports purchases in the Pepperdine cafeterias in Southern California as well as printing and copying.

Refunds?

The University has a process for refunds from the Waves Cash Global system. Note that you can also spend the Waves Cash Global funds by using your Pepperdine ID card in a campus cafeteria or on the copier/printer system that was installed in August 2016.

To request a refund you must go to this site and follow the process outlined there:
https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/webdeposit/onecardfaq.htm#refund

To check your balance or to add funds see this page: https://get.cbord.com/pepperdine/full/prelogin.php

 

 

Google Docs Massive Phishing Scam

As you may have heard, over a million Google users were hit by a phishing scam on May 3rd. This scam came in the form of an email that looked a lot like a harmless invite from a Google user to join a Google document. Now, if you were suspicious (and I hope you were), you may have noticed that the email was addressed to hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. When you see something like this or the red warning bar from Gmail (see left), this should be a pretty good indicator that something is amiss.

Just in case you may have accidentally clicked on the blue button invite, which was cleverly disguised to look remarkably like a legitimate Google button, here’s what you can do to protect yourself from further compromise by the spammer.

  1. Reset your password. This is one of the best ways to prevent a hacker from continued access to your account.
  2. Run Google’s Security Checkup to see what programs and add-ons have been granted access to your account. Look for an app called Google Docs, and remove it. It’s not really Google Docs and if you accidentally remove something you need, you can always grant access to it again the next time you attempt to open a legitimate Google Doc.

Once again, don’t open ANYTHING, even an email, from someone you don’t know or recognize and definitely don’t click on any links in emails from people you don’t know or aren’t familiar with why you were sent the message.

 

Do NOT INSTALL Windows 10 Creators Update: ExamSoft support concerns

Note that Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 Creators Update.

If you do this you will be jeopardizing the smooth running of ExamSoft SofTest.

Consider this concern every time you look at updating to a new version of your operating system if you intend to use that system for exams.

Thank you for sharing this message far and wide.

If you have already installed this update, all is not lost.  There is a workaround.  Please see THIS INSTRUCTIONAL DOCUMENT to effect the necessary modification to your operating system so that it will work with ExamSoft SofTest.

 

Securely Delete Files on Macs


Do you ever miss the good old days? Like when you found a feature on your Mac that worked great, but then Apple went and removed it? I’m referring to Apple’s Secure EmptyTrash option that allowed you to securely shred files from your computer so no one could later recover them. You may remember this feature was available on the Yosemite operating system but if you went looking for it recently, you probably noticed it’s no longer available for El Capitan or Sierra.

As to why it doesn’t work, the answer is in the hardware really. Most of Apple’s new machine’s use Solid State Drives (SSD) instead of the old Hard Disk Drives
(HDD). SSD’s have a variety of advantages over HDD’s, such as improved speed, reliability, and longevity. Although SDD’s do offer numerous improvements, secure file deletion isn’t one of them.

Long story short, there is really no way to fully remove a file from an SSD drive. Some portion of it may still be retrievable.  There are some third-party apps like “FileShredder” and “Secure Delete – File Shredder” still available from the App Store but these usually cost a few dollars and can actually reduce the lifespan of your SSD drive and computer, so they are not recommended for long-term use.

The best solution for securely deleting files from your Mac computer is to turn on Apple’s FileVault utility to securely encrypt your entire drive. Ideally, you should do this from day one to ensure all files are encrypted forevermore, but turning it on now will still be effective.

To turn on FileVault go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault. Once there, press Turn on FileVault. With FileVault turned on, you no longer have to worry about securely deleting files as all files are encrypted, including deleted files. When you delete a file, it removes it from your file directory and essentially throws away the decryption key so any file delete will be securely deleted.

The only drawback is, now you will have to enter your password every time you log into your computer… but you were probably doing that already because like any security conscious law student you had already password protected your laptop, right? Right!?!?

Anyways… Happy shredding Mac users!