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 1,000+ interactive online tutorials written by law professors, on 50+ subject areas. 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 Registration Code: 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 registration code to do so. The Pepperdine School of Law CALI registration code is available in the Law Library at the Computing Support Desk at the Public Services Desk or you can send an email requesting the registration code to CALI-INFO@law.pepperdine.edu.

Quick Start:  Once you have your registration completed using the above referenced code, you may find this Quick Start Guide helpful.

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

  • eLangdell: Free eBooks for Legal Education – before purchasing textbooks, consider checking out this resource to see if your textbook is available for free.
  • Classcaster: Free blogging and podcasting tools/network designed for law professors to supplement their course materials and link them to other colleagues around the country.

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.

Law School Computer/Technology 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 Caruso 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 following recommendations take into account services and applications that are often used in conjunction with Caruso Law classes and other curricular and extra curricular activities.

The Information Services team at Caruso 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.

As a law student your laptop computer is a key tool.  Please keep this in mind as you think about how you will use it, the software you install on it, the websites you visit with it, the files/attachments you choose to download and where you store it when you are not using it.  You will want it to be functioning at optimum levels.  Theft, drops, malware, and other untoward variables will detract from your laptop’s ability to help you succeed in law school.

Below are the minimum Computer/Technology Recommendations:

  • Internet: Strongly recommend a rock solid internet connection with a minimum 20 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up.  This exceeds the minimum requirements for synchronous Zoom sessions (the absolute minimum is 600 kbps in both directions while recommended minimum is 1.5 mbps) but note that if you share your internet connection you will need more bandwidth to ensure a reliable, continuous connection.  Also please note that the age of your hardware (router, modem, cabling, computer) will play a significant role in reliability.
  • 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 10.15 or better
  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or faster (or equivalent AMD)
  • RAM: 12GB – 16GB is recommended
  • Solid State Drive (SSD): 120GB or higher
  • Integrated WiFi or WiFi adapter: Newer is often if not always better
  • Media Drives: None necessary
  • Battery Life: 4-6 hours, much longer is much better.  MORE UP TIME.
  • Spare Laptop Charger: If you plan to bring your laptop with you, keep one for home and one for travel.  If you lose one you have a spare.  NO DOWN TIME.
  • Warranty: 3 year parts/on-site labor. LESS DOWN TIME.
  • Security Lock: Don’t ever walk away from your laptop if it isn’t secured.  LESS DOWN TIME
  • Malware Protection Software: Make sure you have Anti-Malware installed.  Use the firewall that is build into your computer’s operating system.  MORE UP TIME.
  • Personal Printer: We strongly recommend HP Printers with an extra toner cartridge.  NO DOWN TIME.

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 (MS Office is no cost to Pepperdine students and employees) 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 IT Department’s discounts for students web page 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.

Laptop Travel Preparation – Law Faculty

If you are planning a trip and will bring your university laptop with you, there are a few things you should do before you get too far along in your planning:

  1. Contact the Information Services Team to schedule a pre-trip checkup of your university laptop
  2. If you are going out of the country, you may need to plan for an adapter or other means to plug in and charge the laptop. Here’s a pretty good resource for checking the power plug requirements around the world: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
  3. Consider your internet connectivity options in that location. Pepperdine offers a WiFi service called “EduRoam” that will enable you to use a trusted network at participating locations. The important thing here is to set up your EduRoam account from a trusted network (your office) before you leave.
  4. Make sure you have backups of your important data. Part of the checkup mentioned in #1 above will include a review of your installed auto backup system.
  5. You will also want to ensure that you have your active research and any course materials synchronized to Google Drive. If you need help with that, the Information Services Team will be glad to assist.
  6. Consider how you plan to carry your computer with you… will you use a laptop bag or will you check it inside your luggage? If you plan to carry it with you, note that you must remove it from its bag at the TSA screening checkpoint.

How To: Create an RTF File

An RTF file, which stands for Rich Text Format file, is a word processing document file. At the end of a RTF file, you will see the extension “.rtf.” Note that the ideal way to convert documents into RTF is through Microsoft Word, so it is recommended that your text is in that form originally.

When uploading questions to Examsoft, you will need to first convert your files into RTF form. To do so, please follow the instructions for converting from Word and Google Docs below.

Microsoft Word

  1. Open Microsoft Word and click File.

2. Then click Save As.

3. Then, in the File Format drop-down menu, select Rich Text Format (.rtf)

Google Docs

For Google Docs, navigate to the File icon, and then click on Download. Then click the Rich Text Format (.rtf) option.

Print and Copy Services at Caruso Law

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To send a print job start here: print.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.

Pepperdine University has multi-function devices (MFDs) from Sharp (you can still call them copiers but they’re much more).  You will find two such MFDs in the public area of the Harnish Law Library at Caruso Law.  Additionally, there is another MFD in the Career Development Office.

Students, Faculty, and Staff can print, scan, or copy on the MFDs using an account associated with their Pepperdine ID cards.  Students buy copy and print credit here:   https://get.cbord.com/pepperdine/full/prelogin.php 

All enrolled students can print to all Sharp MFDs in public areas at any of the Pepperdine Southern California campuses (click here to learn about print credit for students enrolled at Caruso Law). 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.

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 print.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 — Caruso Law? go to Harnish Law Library and see the copiers not too far from the Public Services Desk.

“Tap” your ID card or type in your Wavenet credentials (there’s a slide-out keyboard stored under the copier’s screen), select the print job you want to “release” and you have your document!

Safari and Courses Zoom Pro

You may receive the message shown in the screenshot below in Safari. To resolve this issue so that you will not receive this message, and will not be re-directed to Chrome, please follow the steps below.

  1. Navigate to Safari and click the Safari tab in the top left of your screen. Click Preferences.

2. Click the “Privacy” tab, and then make sure the following options are unchecked. 

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!

Classroom Tech: Audio and Visual Settings in Zoom

If you are teaching a class in person, and will have a zoom screen as well for online students, there are certain audio and visual settings you will need to select. Please see the options below.

Audio

For the microphone, you will need to select the Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (Core-Mendenhall). For speakers, you should select Crestron (Intel(R) Display Audio.

Visual

As you can see in this screenshot, there are a few options for selecting a camera.

The Clearview HD-USB shows a screen of the professor, as shown in the screenshot above.

The Mini USB shows a view of the students, as shown in the screenshot above.

Finally, the Video (Pro Capture) setting is not in use. If selected, you will be presented with a “No signal” screen.

For a more in-depth review of the audio and visual information, please see the video below.

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!

Microphones Best Practices

Classroom Microphones

Two microphones are installed in each classroom, a lapel, and a handheld microphone. These microphones are used to share your audio in the classroom and over Zoom. 

Best Practices for Microphones

Make sure the microphone is pointing towards your mouth. 

Speak loudly and clearly. Speak as if you’re talking with someone in the last row of seats. 

Return the microphones to the charging station when not in use. 

Do not drop the mic. 

Lapel Microphones

Lapel microphones have a bodypack and a clip-on microphone. The bodypack can be clipped onto a belt or placed in a pocket. The clip-on microphone should be placed around the top third of your chest. The microphone clip rotates, so rotate it so the microphone is pointing towards your mouth. The power switch is on the top of the bodypack. 

Lapel Microphone Best Practices:

Do not wear a necklace that rubs against the microphone. 

Do not wear low-cut shirts. The microphone may not be close enough for clear audio. 

Make sure the microphone is pointing towards your mouth. 

Speak loudly and clearly. Speak as if you’re talking with someone in the last row of seats. 

Return the microphone to the charging station when not in use. 

Handheld Microphones

Handheld microphones have the microphone at one end and the transmitter at the other end. The power switch is on the side of the microphone. Hold the microphone by the body and point the microphone end towards your mouth. 

  • You can not be heard if you’re using the wrong end of the microphone 
  • You can not be heard if you’re using the microphone as a pointer. 
  • Your voice will be muffled if you hold the microphone end. 
  • The connection may drop if you hold the transmitter end. 
  • Do not drop the mic. Mic drops always cool but dropping it will break it. 

Charging Station

Please return the microphones to the charging station when you’re done with class. This assures that the microphones are fully charged and do not go missing. 

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!

Creating Branded Surveys in Qualtrics

Qualtrics is an amazing survey tool that is available to all faculty and staff at Pepperdine University. This article will cover how to make a blank survey with Caruso School of Law branding.

To access Qualtrics, please go to https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/tools/qualtrics/ and select the link to the Qualtrics website. You may need to scroll down on this page to access the link. 

This will send you to the Pepperdine Single Sign-On page. Please enter your Pepperdine Credentials to proceed. 

This will take you to your Qualtrics homepage. Select ‘Create new project’ in the upper right corner of the screen.

Select the Survey button under choose your own, this is in red in the picture. There are amazing templates for surveys. This article will cover blank surveys only. 

Name the survey something that you will remember, such as Caruso SOL Branding. Select Blank Project under the name, then select Get Started in the upper right-hand corner. 

This is the survey creating a page where you can create questions and edit the survey. The Preview button on the upper right-hand corner will show you what the published survey will look like. 

The preview opens in a new tab and shows both the desktop and mobile versions of the survey. As you can see, the default branding for blank surveys the Graziadio Business School. 

Go back to the survey edit tab and select the Look & Feel button in the upper left corner.

This brings you to a page where you can edit how the survey looks and how the questions flow. 

Select Theme in the upper left-hand corner to see the different themes for each school. Select Caruso School of Law and then save.

You can confirm you have the correct by checking the Preview again.

Now the Caruso School of Law branding is in this blank survey. 

You may want to create a branding folder to save this blank survey. To do so, go to your Qualtircs homepage and select Add new folder in the upper left-hand corner.

Name the folder.

Then drag and drop the survey into the folder.

Now, you can select  From a Copy to create a branded, blank survey.

You will then see a list of your folders and can select the branded survey that you want to use.