As you may know, laptop users running the new Mac OS, 10.12.4 have encountered some mid-exam freezing issues with SofTest. Examsoft has just released a new SofTest update version 11.0.793.95079, which should help prevent mid-exam freezes associated with the new Mac OS. However, at this time we do not recommend updating your Mac OS before finals. Although the issue has been addressed by the latest SofTest update, we suggest that all Mac users who have not updated to the new OS version 10.12.4 yet, please refrain from doing so until after finals.
As you may know, there was a previous security issue with Mac TouchBar enabled laptops that prevented them from being used on numerous state bar exams during the February bar. Many law schools also banned them from being used on exams this spring. However, Pepperdine still allowed TouchBar laptops to be used but required the TouchBar be manually disabled by IT staff. Fortunately, the latest version of SofTest from Examsoft has resolved this issue and all TouchBar enabled laptops are now permitted to be used on exams without needing to disable the TouchBar in advance. SofTest will now automatically disable the TouchBar when the exam is launched and re-enable it once the user exits an exam. This will prevent any potential exam integrity issues so all users are cleared to take finals on their Mac TouchBar enabled laptops.
Fortunately, the latest version of SofTest from Examsoft has resolved this issue and all TouchBar enabled laptops are now permitted to be used on exams without needing to disable the TouchBar in advance. SofTest will now automatically disable the TouchBar when the exam is launched and re-enable it once the user exits an exam. This will prevent any potential exam integrity issues so all users are cleared to take finals on their Mac TouchBar enabled laptops.
UPDATE: Due to some issues we have run into with shifting all the files from the old system, we have re-enabled limited access to the old system for your convenience. But, sadly, it’s not THAT convenient as the old system is only accessible to users who are physically on campus. If you are missing an exam — please email us at email@example.com and we’ll look for it and if we find it we’ll either send it to you or direct you to it.
The exams are now stored in a Google Drive folder that requires a Pepperdine Google account.
You will note that you can search all the exams for any word but the best way is to search for professor name and course name like “nelson property” (omit quotes).
Here’s wishing you all the best as you prepare for your finals!
The Law Library will be open extended hours starting April 24, 2017 through May 8, 2017. 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, April 24, 2017 and running through the morning of Wednesday, May 10, 2017 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, April 22-23, Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, and Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, 2017.
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.
NEW PRINTING SYSTEM
On 19 May 2017
The School of Law joins the University-Wide Sharp Printer/Copier System
Students can PRINT to any of the SHARP copiers at the university. This includes the copiers in the Law Library and the Career Development Office.
Note that the old system will be removed from service. The networked HP LaserJet printers tied to the Print Release Station will be removed with the copier taking their place.
PLEASE use all your current print credit this semester!
The new system uses your Pepperdine ID card for funds. This is a COMPLETELY different system that does not communicate with our old system.
NOTE: Copiers have been and are currently accessible for student printing since August 2016 — the Law School is the last to fully adopt this system
Please note: As of May 19, 2017, the School of Law will be adopting the university-wide copier/print system for students. All student printing will go through the Sharp copier/printer units.
The Sharp copier/printing system is accessible to all students at Pepperdine University and at all Pepperdine University campuses in Southern California (this includes the Calabasas location which may be a terrific place to study for the Bar Exam!).
The following Text will be changed on May 19, 2017 (after 2017 Spring final exams)
Pepperdine University Law Students are granted 500 pages (no additional cost) for black and white printing at the beginning of each semester.
If you are interested in printing in color, please see THIS PAGE. The color printing is $0.35 per side of a page and is through the Law Library Sharp Multi-Function Device (fancy copier) and uses a completely different system where the charges go to your Pepperdine ID card.
Black and White Printing is $0.06 per page and is charged to a Law School specific printing account that is NOT tied to your ID card. To add print credit to your account CLICK HERE (Note that once you add credit, the amount is non-refundable but it does carry over between terms.)
Please note that the Macintosh installer only works for Macintosh 10.7 and higher. If you have an operating older than 10.6, you will have to either upgrade your system or use our Mobile Print Service FOUND HERE.
If you’re a Windows PC user and unsure which installer to use the following directions.
- Click on the Start button and then Control Panel.
- Click on the System and Security link.Note: If you’re viewing either the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won’t see this link. Just click on the System icon and then proceed to Step 4.
- In the System and Security window, click on the System link.
- When the System window opens, titled as View basic information about your computer, locate the System area below the oversized Windows logo.
- In the System area, look for System type among the other statistics about your computer.The System type will report either a 32-bit Operating System or a 64-bit Operating System.
With the University’s move to Google Mail this last year, the IS team highly recommends that anyone using Pepperdine email should consider making Google Chrome their default browser. Google Mail is a Google product, as is Google Chrome, so it makes sense that they work quite well together. Once you’ve made the switch, you will be happy to learn that the smart people at Google have created some pretty cool extensions you can add to your Chrome browser that will make your browsing experience and life in general, a whole lot cooler, at least from a techie’s point of view. What are extensions, you ask? they are essentially add-on tools that can help improve how you use your Gmail inbox or any website for that matter. So to kick off the new year, we’ve compiled a short list of extensions to try in 2017.
You can easily browse and add extensions and other apps by going to the Google Chrome Web Store.
Topping off our list is the tool Grammarly. If you are good at solving puzzles, you may have already guessed what Grammarly does, that’s right, it improves your grammar. It corrects spelling and most common grammar mistakes, like where to put a comma. You will also find that when you see it underline an error, it will not only correct the error for you when you select it, but it will also tell you what you did wrong so you can avoid making this same mistake in the future, say on an exam, and will help make you a better writer.
Coming in at #2 on our list is Momentum. This extension is one of my favorites. Although it may not seem like it does much at first, it can be pretty powerful, or just pretty if you need a window into the world outside of law school studying. Momentum turns each new tab you open into a personal getaway/dashboard that includes your daily to-do list, connection to productivity apps, weather, inspirational quotes, favorite links, and it’s all set over a beautiful landscape backdrop that changes daily, just in case you get tired of view from the law library windows.
3. Awesome Screen Shot App
No that’s not a sales pitch, that’s the name of the app. It’s a fun and easy way to annotate your screenshots or photos. You can blur, crop, or do whatever you want and it’s all in a free and easy-to-use editor right in your browser. If you have photoshop, you probably don’t need this, but if you don’t, this might come in handy.
Ok, so I know I said 3 extensions, but Boomerang merits a mention. Have you ever sent a super important email, fully intending to follow-up on if you didn’t hear back from the recipient in a few days, but then totally forgot? Well, Boomerang allows you to schedule messages to be sent or replied to at a later time. You can also track messages to make sure you stay on top of emails you need to follow up with. Additionally, Boomerang allows you to set follow-up reminders right within Gmail, so emails pop back up in your inbox if you haven’t heard back from the recipient within the desired timeframe. However, the free version only allows you to track 10 emails a month, but it’s helpful if those 10 happen to be super important.
Hope you enjoy one of these or other Chrome extensions in 2017! As always, remember to browse safely with Pepperdine’s Browser Check. Happy browsing!
The 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.
Enjoy Sierra and good luck on your exams!
As of November 1, 2016 the most current Version of SofTest for Pepperdine Law School students is:
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:
Wait 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.)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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: