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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 Outdated software is the most common cause of technical issues on exams.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.

Printing Services

Printing Services in Law LibraryPepperdine 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.)

Mac Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer. For color see THIS PAGE.

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

Microsoft Windows 64-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer
Microsoft Windows 32-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer

If you’re a Windows PC user and unsure which installer to use the following directions.

  1. Click on the Start button and then Control Panel.
  2. 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.
  3. In the System and Security window, click on the System link.
  4. When the System window opens, titled as View basic information about your computer, locate the System area below the oversized Windows logo.
  5. 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.

Print Credit with Credit Card

Law Students Only (JD, LLM, MDR)

Using a credit card, Pepperdine law students can purchase additional print credit (for use only at the School of Law) online.

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Simply follow the link provided to CASHnet, enter your information (including CWID) and you’ll be able to purchase print credit. Allowable non-refundable amounts range from $10 to $40.

Once your transaction is complete, show your receipt to the Information Services staff member on duty at the Law Library Public Services Desk to receive credit (you don’t have to print it, merely show the screen of your phone, laptop or device). There are no paper forms to complete.

NO REFUNDS.  However, note that the amount you pay for will remain in your account indefinitely (even after graduation).  Each term, funds are granted to your printing account (including summer term if you are enrolled for summer classes) equal to $35.00 in print value.  Once the $35 grant is exhausted, the system will switch over to your paid-in credit.

Please note: Do not attempt to add credit after hours, or when you are not able to show your receipt to the Information Services staff. If you cannot show your receipt, your account cannot be credited. 

Wireless Network Access

LaptopPepperdine University has wireless networking capabilities in all non-residential buildings.  The “WiFi” network provides all the features and benefits of traditional LAN technologies without the limitations of wires or cables.  Students can conduct research, download research projects, and check e-mail within the accessible area.  For those students considering a new laptop purchase please be aware that the University recommends 802.11ac compatible Wifi connection.

You can easily access the WiFi network on your laptop, tablet, or wireless device by registering your device at https://wavesconnect.pepperdine.edu.  To register your device, select “Current Students, Faculty, and Staff” and then enter your wavenet ID and password credentials to access the WiFi network. 

Remember, when you register your device, your registration will last much longer than by registering as a guest user (up to a year if you are a frequent user on the network).

For more information on how to access the WiFi network by registering your device, please visit our Using your Phone/Tablet with WiFi article.

 

Security: Protect Your Laptop

sophosbadgeViruses, worms, ad-ware and spyware, and theft, are examples of SEVERE risks to your computer in a public, networked environment. You MUST PERFORM THE STEPS LISTED BELOW if you wish to use your computer at Pepperdine or you could face repercussions including loss of network access, data loss, and system failure.

  1. Maintain up-to-date virus protection software on your computer. The University’s IT department supports Sophos for faculty and staff for students, University IT recommends Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows and Sophos AntiVirus for Macs.
  2. Regularly install all Critical Updates from http://update.microsoft.com. You should begin checking Microsoft Update constantly, starting now. You can also configure your Windows computer to check automatically for updates every time you connect to the Internet.
  3. Keep Adobe Flash & Reader and Java Updated. A great browser-based tool for checking how current your web-related tools are is Qualys Browser Check.
  4. Keep your computer’s operating system and office products up-to-date
  5. Do not install peer-to-peer file-sharing software or other high-risk programs. Attempt to eliminate any programs that might already be installed by running a spyware/adware removal product such as Spybot Search & Destroy or Ad-aware.
  6. Buy and use a computer security cable for your computer to lock it down when it is not attended. (Alarm-equipped cables are NOT recommended.) We highly recommend that you never leave your belongings alone, especially in quiet areas like the Law Library, as the School of Law is open to the public.
  7. Do not click on links in unsolicited email messages
  8. Do not open an email attachment unless you are expecting it or have checked with the sender.

Clickers for Students

Does every class use the Audience Response System from Turning Technologies (“Clickers”)?

No, but all 1L LRW classes use them so each member of the 1L class will be issued a clicker during Launch Week.  1L clickers must be returned to the Law Library at the end of the Spring Semester to avoid the $50 Replacement Fee.

Upper division classes and other 1L classes may take advantage of this technology. Professors will inform their classes if a clicker is required. If you have a class that does require a clicker, go to the Law Library Public Services Desk and check one out for the semester.   Please return the clicker at the end of the semester and avoid the $50 Replacement Fee.

How Do I change the channel?

  1. Turning Technologies ResponseCard RF LCDPress channel (or CH) button
  2. Enter the new channel number
  3. Press channel (or CH) button again

The new channel number will appear in the screen

What Channel Do I need?

Unless otherwise noted by your instructor,each classroom has a separate channel:

Room # Channel #
Law Library Learning Lab 30
Classroom A 32
Classroom B 34
Classroom C 36
Classroom D 38
Classroom E 40
Classroom F 42
Classroom G 44
Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom 46
Darling Trial Courtroom 48
Seminar Room 1 50
Seminar Room 2 52
Seminar Room 3 54
Seminar Room 4 56

What if it needs a new battery or doesn’t work?

Come to the Law Library  Public Services Desk  or call thePublic Service Desk at 310-506-4643

How & When Do I Return It?

LRW students must return it to the Law Library Public Services Desk at the end of the Spring Semester. All other students must return it to the same location at the end of each term. A $50 Replacement Fee will be charged to students for unreturned clickers.

Wavenet

Wavenet is a web-based portal that provides faculty, staff, and students, with one-stop access to many different password-protected resources.  You should have received a letter from Pepperdine University with your login name and password. Please call the University Help Desk at (310) 506-HELP (x4357 from any on-campus phone) if you need assistance logging into Wavenet . These are just some of the many useful components that you will find on Wavenet:Pepperdine Wavenet Mobile App

  • Registration
  • E-mail Access
  • Class Registration Material
  • Mid-term and Final Exam Numbers
  • Check Bills
  • Check school calendars
  • Search job listings

Key Features of Wavenet

  • Notice that the Wavenet home page is a collection of pagelets: small boxes containing different types of news or information.  Some of these channels are optional; you can remove them if they do not contain information you are interested in.  (For more advanced customization, see the Personalize link near the top right corner of the screen.)
  • Under the “Student Services” tab you will see many pagelets that consist of “Student Center” , “Manage Guest Access”, “Career Space” & etc.
  • Under the “Academic Resources” tab you will find Courses, Online Course Evaluations, and Academic Catalogs, the Libraries page complete with links to the online-catalog and research databases.
  • Email can be accessed via the email button near the top right corner.
  • The Student Resources link contains key admissions/records data

Important Reminder about Wavenet : Wavenet ‘s targeted personal announcements (visible on your Wavenet homepage) and your Pepperdine email account (accessible through Wavenet or http://email.pepperdine.edu) are how the School of Law and University contact you with critical announcements and information, including critical deadlines, events, policy changes, job and externship openings, scholarship availability, etc. Check your email and Wavenet accounts daily.

Law Guides

Law Library Law Guides is a collection of research guides prepared by librarians at the Harnish Law Library. These guides are specifically designed to assist library users with the research of certain subjects or for specific courses. For further assistance, you may contact the guide author or the librarian on duty. To access Law Guides go to: http://lawguides.pepperdine.edu.

The Most Popular Guide Topics:

  • Microsoft Word: Answers to Law Students’ Most Frequently Asked Questions
  • Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FICL) Research
  • Clinical Law Research Guide
  • International Arbitration
  • Prepare for Legal Practice
  • Using the Law Library Catalog
  • National Security Law, Terrorism, and the Law of War

Additional Resources: Access the Home Page of Law Guides with important details of all of the law library services.

 

CALI & CALI Lessons

CALI Lessons IconCALI [The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction] is a  resource provided by Pepperdine School of Law for students that includes over 2,000+ interactive online tutorials written by law professors, on over 50+ topics. This includes, but is not limited to topics such as, 1L-First Year Lessons, 2L-3L Upper Level Lessons, Administrative Law, Tax Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Research, Property Law, Civil Procedure, and Environmental Law. These interactive tutorials are an excellent resource to enhance your studies. You may find that one or more of your professors will require you to use CALI lessons in the course of your studies.

CALI Password: In order to take advantage of the CALI interactive online tutorials, you will need to register with the CALI service.  You will need the institutional password to do so. The Pepperdine School of Law CALI password is available in the Law Library at the Computing Support Desk at the Public Services Desk.

CALI also provides additional services including (but not limited to):eLangdell Icon

HOTMAIL Banned: As of August 22, 2012 the CALI organization has banned Hotmail Email Accounts due to a large number of spam issues. If you used a Hotmail Email Account to log in to CALI you have the following two options:

(1) Send an email to webmaster@CALI.org with your name and a non-Hotmail email address that you wish to use with your CALI account.  The switch over will have to be done manually, so it’s entirely foreseeable that the process may get clogged up. If you want instant gratification and access….

(2) Create a new account using a non-Hotmail email address.  Please note, if you do choose this option, you will lose all access to previous lesson run information. You will also need to obtain a valid authorization code. Speak with someone at the Computing Support Desk at the Public Services Desk for this information.