Preparing for the Worst – Examplify

Thankfully, we have a very good system in Examplify. This software is very stable and reliable. However note that in life, there are myriad variables that we all must navigate on a daily basis, and I’m not even talking about traffic.

Keeping the fact that life is full of variables and unexpected (unexplained?) challenges, one should seek to mitigate risk as much as is practical. Particularly when it comes to law school exams.

So, a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Restart your computer before finals… just please trust me on this.
  2. Close down all extraneous programs like Word, Chrome, Spotify (especially Spotify) before opening Examplify.
  3. Once you download Examplify, take a mock exam to test everything out.
  4. PC USERS: Please don’t forget to disable your Antivirus before launching an exam. You can re-enable it again afterwards, but it must be turned off before you launch Examplify. For directions on how to disable antivirus, please visit ExamSoft’s website: https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/Disabling-Anti-Virus-Software

AND DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE MORNING OF THE EXAM
 TO DOWNLOAD YOUR ANSWER FILE.
  Download NOW avoid surprises.

IF YOU WAIT TO DOWNLOAD, YOU ARE FLIRTING WITH HANDWRITING YOUR EXAM.

Ok, so it’s not a terrible disaster if you have to hand write but it may be a bit disappointing to say the least. We’d love to help you avoid that disappointment if we can.

It’s also good to think about your computer as a test taking device as you approach finals (and the Bar Exam for you third years).

You don’t want to load up all kinds of free software, do scary web-browsing, and other activities that can add new variables to your computing life.

If there is any way you can do your gaming and scary web-browsing on another machine, you should do that. Keep your exam computer sacrosanct, holy and righteous, if only for the exam season.

Alumni Email? Get your new email account! With benefits!

Hurray! You’ve graduated from Pepperdine Law! The last thing on your mind is your Pepperdine Email account, but there are some things you need to know…

  • After graduation a process starts that begins with your status changing from student to alumnus.  This process involves a file transfer that takes place sometimes weeks after graduation.  Sure, you have the diploma but the system doesn’t recognize you as an alumnus until that file is transferred from the student system to the alumni system. Typically this takes place about a month after the date of your graduation.  That’s when all the automated stuff starts up.
  • On the fifteenth day of the month immediately after your graduation date you will get an email to your student email account.  This email will give you the instructions and an important link you will need to setup your alumni email account… but you needn’t wait for that note, you can do it NOW by going here.
  • Note that student email accounts are deleted 90 days after the student’s last enrolled semester (90 days from the time of your entry into the alumni system — typically less than a month after Graduation day).
  • Once an account is deleted/deactivated the data/emails in that account it is not recoverable.

emailBut there’s good news. You’re an alumnus now!  Alumni may obtain a free, email account through Pepperdine’s Alumni Association. You can find more information on Alumni Email at this website.

Part of this process also includes instructions on how to easily migrate your Pepperdine Google Drive contents to a new Alumni Google Drive account!  The best benefit? UNLIMITED STORAGE!

After your student email address expires, no mail will be received at your student address. To make a smooth transition, the Alumni Association recommends:

  1. Set up your new alumni e-mail address immediately when you get that email noted above.
  2. Forward your mail in Wavenet to a new email address — that new alumni address or another one you prefer. (Note that forwarding will only work up until your student email account is suspended.)
  3. Set up an out-of-office message in your Pepperdine Student Email (accessed through Wavenet) account informing all your contacts of your graduation and of your new email address. Log into Wavenet click on Options, and then update your Out of Office Assistant.

Graduating 3L? LexisNexis access for you after graduation…

–From our friends at LexisNexis–

LexisNexis Graduate Access:

Graduating 3Ls have continued access to Lexis upon graduation to keep their skills up to date and use for job and interview preparation.

The Graduate Program gives extended access to Lexis Advance to spring graduates via their law school IDs through December 31, 2019.

This ID also grants them access to the Graduate Home Page and gives them a graduation gift (detailed in the flyer).

The transition from a regular law school ID to a graduate ID happens on July 5, 2019.

Read the flyer (linked below) for more information, including special services for those employed by a 501(c)(3) organization.

Graduate Program Flyer

Hold off on MacOS 01.15 Catalina!

As many of you may know, Apple released a new software update titled macOS 10.15 Catalina earlier this week. However, the Law School’s Information Services advises against updating your machine’s OS at the moment, since Pepperdine currently does not support Catalina on any university owned Mac computers. Please continue to operate on your latest version of macOS Mojave 10.14 until further notice.

We ask you to please hold off on installing this update or purchasing any new Apple products until we resolve the potential issues that have been developing, such as complications with ExamSoft, video conferencing and whole disk encryption.

Thank you for your cooperation, and feel free to contact Information Services at (310) 506-7425 or support@law.pepperdine.edu with any further questions or additional technology assistance.

Registering / Re-registering Examplify

Is your software not working? Here are some steps you can try to get your Examplify to work. 

  1. Go to: https://ei.examsoft.com/GKWeb/login/pepperdinelaw
  2. Log in with your student ID and password that was emailed to you by Hong Kha. 
  3. In step 2 of the next screen, click on the Download button and register with Examplify.

4. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the “I Accept” button.
5. Now open up Examplify and log in using the same username and password. 

If you need any technology assistance, please feel free to reach out to Information Services at (310) 506-7425 or support@law.pepperdine.edu.Good luck!

Survival Tips for Midterm Exams

As midterm season approaches, Information Services is here to give you some tips on how to survive your midterm exams!

Commit your Student Exam ID Number to Memory
Please make sure you enter the correct Exam ID number on your Scantron forms and Exam envelopes.  It is the only way for us to maintain grading anonymity.

Accept Examplify User Agreement for the Current Academic Year
Before taking exams, you must re-register your Examplify software for the current academic year by accepting the User Agreement. You will not be able to download exams until you accept the new user agreement.  Please visit the following website for directions to re-register:

Download your Midterm Exams BEFORE the day of your exams
Please download ALL of your exams as they become available.  An e-mail will notify you as exams become available for download.  Please do NOT wait until the last minute to do this in the exam room, as it may not download in the exam room.

Before taking exams, close ALL programs and disable your anti-virus
Please close all programs regularly in use; particularly Spotify, and be sure that your anti-virus is disabled to ensure a smooth test-taking experience with ExamSoft.

If you are using a Mac Computer, DO NOT update the latest OS version
Examplify will NOT work with the latest Mac OS version.  Do NOT update until after 12/21/19.

Take a “Mock Exam” in Examplify before taking your first midterm exam
Please make sure Examplify is working within your computing environment so that you can be confident that it will perform when you want it to during final exams.

Please UPLOAD your exams to ExamSoft when time is called
Please wait until you see the green screen that indicates your “Exam was Uploaded Successfully”.

REMINDER: If Examplify “freezes” during an exam, please try powering your computer off, then on again.  ExamSoft should reboot and ask if you want to “return to exam software”.  If not, please pick up a Blue Book from the Proctor.  Be assured that your work is saved often, so you can pick-up typing/writing where you left off.

If you need any technology assistance, please feel free to reach out to Information Services at (310) 506-7425 or support@law.pepperdine.edu.Good luck!

Pepperdine Eduroam

As of today, Information Technology at Pepperdine Law has provided Pepperdine eduroam, a new and free Wi-Fi service that allows traveling students, staff and faculty to connect to participating eduroam Wi-Fi networks in any global location that is using a Pepperdine UserID and password.

Though providing a more secure online experience, your Wi-Fi devices will remain the same in usability and function as they do at Pepperdine’s Southern California campuses.

Please visit the Pepperdine eduroam website for instructions on how to set-up your Pepperdine eduroam profile.

If you are planning to travel any time soon and would like to use this service, or if you have any questions at all regarding Pepperdine eduroam, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

Student Registration with Turning Technologies

Welcome students and faculty to the wonderful world of Turning Technologies! Below you will find a step by step guide on how to create a student registered account for TurningPoint.

1. Go to student.turningtechnologies.com.

2. Select Sign In.

3. Enter your Pepperdine University email address in the area provided.

4. Click Create Account.

5. Check your Pepperdine email and click the verification link.

6. Enter all required fields and click Finish.

7. As the student registration page opens, click Get Started.

8. When you enter the Subscription page, click Skip.

9. Proceed to enter your Clicker ID. After you are done entering the Clicker ID, select Add. If you do not have a clicker and need one, contact Information Services to be provided with one or select Purchase Clicker to be directed to the Student Store.

10. Click Finish. Now, your new student profile page should be displayed.

If you need additional help, please contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

The Basics for Pepperdine Law Students

The Basics for Pepperdine Law Students

WELCOME TO THE BASICS!
This page contains the a list of the best posts for getting started.

Security Pages
Browser Check
My Password
IT Security Homepage
Security Tips
Network Password Management


Technology Services
Pepperdine Google Suite
TurnItIn
WaveNet
ExamSoft Examplify
CALI Lessons
Contact IS Tech Support
Contact the University Help Desk


Law Library Resources
Law Library (Guides, Catalogs, Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw)
Printing and Copying Services
Just Tap! Printing Update
Fax Services
Reserve a Study Room


Laptops/Computers
Security: Protecting Your Laptop
Law School Computer Recommendations


Course Management Systems
TWEN and Courses by Sakai
Polling and Clickers
Student Registration with TurningTechnologies

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 10.13 or better
  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or faster (or equivalent AMD)
  • RAM: 8GB or higher
  • Hard Drive or SSD: 120GB or higher
  • Integrated WiFi or WiFi adapter
  • Media Drives: None necessary
  • Battery Life: 4-6 hours, much longer is much better
  • Spare Charging Cable
  • Warranty: 3 year parts/on-site labor
  • Protection Software: Make sure you have Anti-Malware installed
  • Personal Printer: We strongly recommend HP Printers without excluding other manufacturers

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.

Lexis-Nexis

Lexis-Nexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool): Lexis is an online legal research system used primarily by attorneys but also government agencies and other business professionals. The traditional version of Lexis, often called Lexis.com has been available online since 1999. In 2012, Lexis Advance (a new, enhanced) version of Lexis was released. You are given free access to Lexis. However, you will have to specifically request access to Lexis Advance by contacting the Lexis-Nexis rep, Charla Strong at: Charla.Strong@lexisnexis.com

Lexis-Nexis Advance Log In: https://signin.lexisnexis.com/lnaccess/app/signin?aci=la

Register Your Password at Lexis-Nexis Instructions: In order to use Lexis-Nexis or Lexis-Nexis Advance, you will need to first register your activation code. You should have received your activation code at Orientation or via email (your Pepperdine account). If you feel that you have not received an activation code, email gilbert.marquez@pepperdine.edu with the subject line: LEXIS NEXIS ACTIVATION CODE.

Additional Lexis-Nexis Resources: On the Lexis-Nexis law school homepage you can find tutorials and webinars that cover a variety of Lexis related topics. The tutorials are only 5 minutes long and the webinar recordings are from live events hosted online for students. They cover a variety of topics and range from 45 minutes to an hour.

**Please note: You will learn more about Lexis in your Legal Research & Writing course**

If you didn’t receive your LEXIS Registration ID, please email Gilbert Marquez with your Pepperdine Email at gmarquez@pepperdine.edu