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

New Features of TurningPoint

LawTech is excited to announce new updates to TurningPoint and eager to remind all faculty of the beneficial uses TurningTechnologies has to offer with their software and products.

Pepperdine Law uses TurningPoint as a simple live polling system, which is incredibly useful in the classroom for an abundance of reasons, including learning retention and student engagement. TurningPoint allows instructors to ask interactive questions, track student progress through their individual Clickers and receive immediate feedback by producing answer results.

To view the info graphic, please follow along by scrolling down on the page or simply download the PDF version below.

For more information on how to positively update your course and “flip” your classroom, click here!

Tech Help

There are two places to get technology support here at Pepperdine. The University Help Desk and the Information Services Tech Support Desk located at the Public Services Desk in the School of Law Library.

University Help Desk (HELP)
The Pepperdine University Information Technology (University IT) department provides direct technical support for students via the University’s ‘Anytime’ Help Desk. In addition to providing technical assistance, the University Help Desk also acts as the central coordination point for School of Law technical services during the weekend. The University Help Desk is open 24/7 via phone and email at: 310-506-HELP (4357) or helpdesk@pepperdine.edu for the following issues:

School of Law Information Services Department (IS)
Information Services Department LogoThe Information Services Department is here to assist you with a variety of issues including, but not limited to, configuring laptops, multimedia reservations and training, School of Law web site, ExamSoft, and Email account training/usage. The IS team has offices in the School of Law Library to assist with technical support and is available between the hours of 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday). To contact the IS team, use the following contact methods:

Polling and Clickers

TurningPoint

Pepperdine Law uses TurningPoint as a simple live polling system. This desktop software uses Microsoft PowerPoint and Clickers to deliver self-paced assessments.

Though incorporating interactive polling software in the classroom requires some extra tech knowledge, live polling systems are incredibly useful and beneficial in learning. TurningPoint allows instructors to ask interactive questions, track student progress through their individual Clickers and receive immediate feedback by producing answer results.

To download TurningPoint on to your classroom Mac or PC desktop, please click here or on the following link: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/downloads/turningpoint-desktop/

To view an instructional video on TurningPoint’s Powerpoint polling, please click here or on the following link: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/turningpoint/turningpoint-desktop/video-tutorials/?wvideo=eivnr7c8n8

Remember, when presenting a Powerpoint that incorporates TurningPoint polling, you must open the TurningPoint desktop application prior to opening the created Powerpoint.

Clickers

The same company creates the LCD Clickers that are personally assigned and checked-out to each Pepperdine Law student at the library. These response devices allow students to answer polling questions with an easy click of a button.

Clicker use is now available in each of the School of Law classrooms. Professors using the classroom PC do not need to bring a Clicker Receiver to class. Professors simply need to open their PowerPoint presentation on the classroom PC via TurningPoint.

Students need to tune their Clickers to the correct channel for the classroom, as noted on a sign in each classroom:

  • Law Library Room 219: 30
  • Classroom A: 32
  • Classroom B: 34
  • Classroom C: 36
  • Classroom D: 26
  • 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
  • Seminar Room 5: 28

Used for informal Q&A, attendance and assessment purposes, professors can easily integrate multiple choice or True/False questions directly into their PowerPoint slides using the TurningPoint software.  Students then submit their “anonymous” responses on their own personal clickers, which look like small remote controls. Depending on the settings, the results of the question are then displayed on the slide.

About SecureConnect Powered by DUO

You may have heard of this software because of the update on March 6, 2019 that allowed all Faculty and Staff accounts to now be protected by SecureConnect. But what exactly is it?

SecureConnect powered by DUO is a new and efficient way to protect your Pepperdine account from hackers. The software adds an extra step to your log-in process by requiring you to connect a personal device in addition to your password. As a multi-factor authentication service, SecureConnect ensures identity confirmation.

In terms of your personal device, you may use Apple or Android smartphones or tablets as your device factors, with landline or mobile voice/text as backup factors.

To enroll, reconfigure your authentication devices or visit the FAQ page, please click here or on the link below. https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/security/tools/secureconnect/

For video instructions on setting up your account and using your SecureConnect with VPN, CAS and/or remote access, click the link below. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL48SLDvzVCiiP8kjNBxcgJAuNIlLYkGWa

Enrolling benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Protect University data, personal payroll and benefit information, and private student information in case your password is phished or stolen.
  • Extend your University password expiration for three years.
  • Flexible and quick to use with any smartphone or tablet.
  • Use phone numbers, text messages, or DUO generated passcodes, whether online or offline, as backup to a smartphone or tablet.

ExamSoft Examplify

ExamSoft Worldwide produces the Examplify 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 midterm and final law exams. If you plan to use your laptop computer to take your exams, Examplify is required. The majority of students currently take all or some of their exams via this program.

Examplify can be downloaded from the Internet (http://www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw) and installed on your laptop computer. In order to use the ExamSoft Examplify 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, and click on “download” to accept the new academic year’s user agreement and download Examplify. Follow the prompts for the installation and when prompted, accept the new academic year’s student agreement again within the program and then follow the remaining prompts to install the latest version of Examplify.

Before attempting any exam, we highly recommend downloading and running a ‘Mock Exam’ within Examplify. This will help ensure the software is functioning properly on your computer prior to exam day.

Recommended Examplify Videos
Installing and Registering
Downloading an Exam
Taking and Submitting an Exam
Word Count
Taking an Open Notes Exam
Removing an Exam that was Downloaded

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.

Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service that Pepperdine School of Law faculty may use when you submit a paper for grading. This service provides a detailed assessment of originality on any submitted work by performing a search for textual similarities to other works in academic journals, on the Internet, and within its own database of submitted work. For more information visit the University’s Turnitin Community page.

If you are required to use Turnitin you will need to complete the following steps: (1) enroll in the course and (2) submit your work. If you have never used Turnitin before, you will also need to create a free account. This can be done through the home page on their web site.  Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in a course and submit your work.

Security: Protect Your Laptop and Yourself!

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 Defender (no cost) for Windows and Sophos AntiVirus for Macs (home version, no cost).
  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.  NOTE: if you have a Mac, you will want to check with ExamSoft before updating your Mac’s operating system because of the potential for conflicts with Examplify — causing you problems with taking your exams on your computer.
  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.