Install the LiveSafe App today!

 

 

 

Go ahead and take a moment to go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download the LiveSafe app onto your mobile device.

The “LiveSafe” app is designed to improve communication between our University community members and Public Safety, and allows for faster emergency response in distress situations.  The app is free and available to all members of our community: students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, and friends.

Through LiveSafe, you can submit information and chat with Public Safety in both emergency and non-emergency situations, and you can look out for your friends and loved ones by watching them get to their destination safely with SafeWalk. If you need a medical or security escort on the Malibu campus or a ride back to the Malibu campus, you can call Public Safety using the SafeRide feature.  When you submit a tip, you can attach a photo, video clip, or audio clip, and you can submit all of this information anonymously if you choose.  And, when you use LiveSafe to call 911 or contact Public Safety in an emergency, the app can track your location, which helps first responders know exactly where help is needed.

We’ve also loaded critical information resources into the app, so you now have emergency response information and contact information for key University services at your fingertips anytime, anywhere—even internationally.[i]

Here’s how you can get the app:

  1. Open Google Play or the Apple App Store on your phone. Search for “LiveSafe” and download the option with the blue shield.
  2. Tap “Sign up.” Fill in your profile information and create a password.  (You are welcome to use your personal, non-Pepperdine e-mail address. We suggest that you do not use the same username and password as you use for the Pepperdine Central Authentication Server.)
  3. “Pepperdine University” may pop-up if you are close to the campus. If so, tap “Yes.” Otherwise tap “Change” to select “Pepperdine University” as your institution.

[i]  Most of the app’s features will work internationally, so long as you have a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.  You will still be able to submit tips and information to Public Safety, and you will be able to utilize the SafeWalk feature.  However, the “Call 911” option is programmed for US emergency dispatch only and will not automatically route to local first responders. In an emergency situation overseas, it will be important to dial the correct 911-equivalent number for your location. You can find this information at http://travel.state.gov.

[Above text pulled from http://emergency.pepperdine.edu/livesafe/ on 8/15/2017]

Law Students: Exam Archive Searching

You may notice that when you click on the “EXAM ARCHIVE” link on the Law Library web page you are traveling to a Google Drive location.

The exams are stored in a Google Drive folder that requires a Pepperdine Google account.

TIP: If you find that you do not have access, log into your Pepperdine Google Mail using your browser, then go to http://lawlibrary.pepperdine.edu and select the Exam Archive link.

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 using the advanced search box.

Click on the down arrow to the right of the search box
Click on the down arrow to the right of the search box

 

To search in “Advanced” mode click on the arrow at the right end of the search box.  And the advanced dialog search box will drop down.

Then enter in the “Item Name” field the last name of the professor (cochran) or a word from the course name (torts).

Enter professor's last name in the "Item name" field
Enter professor’s last name in the “Item name” field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s wishing you all the best as you prepare for your finals!

Laptop Rentals (for students)

brokenlaptopThe University’s Tech Central provides rental laptops to students.

If you are stuck and need a temporary solution, check out their rental program by calling (310) 506-4811.

There is a limited number of rental units so don’t hesitate to call and reserve as system if you think you’ll need one!

Tech Central also offers an array of other fee-based services — see this site for more details.

 

Pepperdine Google Suite

Welcome to the incredibly usefully and incessantly expanding world of Google! Here, you will learn about some of the relevant Google Apps that may help you throughout not only your education career, but also your future life.

You can access Google Apps through your @pepperdine.edu account. Google Apps includes the following components: Gmail, Sheets, Calendar, Sites, Google Drive (formerly Google Docs), Google +, Hangouts, Groups, Contacts, and many more. To learn more about these components and how they will be useful to you at Pepperdine School of Law, please watch the video at the bottom of the page.

 

Google Drive

Google Drive is a very useful tool that can be accessed anytime, from anywhere, via the internet or the Google Drive App. Some of the feature of Google Drive allow you to:

  1. Share files with people, such as meeting minutes, class notes, and task lists
  2. Collaborate on conference presentations with colleagues
  3. Edit student papers with in-text comments
  4. Backup files (you can never have too many copies!)
  5. Work from home without the need of Remote Desktop or your Work Computer
  6. And more…..

You can even use Google Drive to create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online. Although Google Drive has its own applications, you can download the Google files to your desktop and they will open in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Collaborate on projects without the hassle of emailing files and version tracking. Multiple Users can edit the Google files at the same time, without conflict. Revisions are saved automatically and Google Drive has a revision tracking feature so you can see what changes were made, when.

Google Drive can also be used as an online repository for all of your important documents. These documents can then be accessed from any computer with Internet access at any time. Watch this video to learn how you can upload documents to Google Drive as well as convert documents (i.e., doc, pdf, docx, html, and other files) into Google Documents.

Don’t forget, Google Drive now offers limitless storage for Pepperdine Google users. That’s right, unlimited!

Our friends at University IT have put up some helpful guide information. Check it out today.

Here’s another great article on Google drive with helpful video. Anson Alexander has done great work to make the product accessible to new users–very thorough.

 

Google Docs

Google Docs is the informal predecessor of Google Drive, if you will. Google Docs allows you to create documents from scratch or from pre-set templates as well as sort your already created documents.

Through Templates, folks at Pepperdine using Google Apps can now share private templates for presentations, documents (like stationary or departmental memos) and spreadsheets. We now have our own private template gallery. Anything you make in Google Docs (or import into Docs from Word, etc) can be offered as a template, shared and rated by the Pepperdine community.

If you’ve never used Templates before in Google Docs, here’s a link to their help page: Google Help: Google Docs Templates

Google Docs has also upped their collaboration tools through quick and easy comments that can be placed on selected portions of a document. If you’ve been staying out of the Cloud, there are some real incentives to get in now.

 

Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a free online spreadsheet tool that is similar to Microsoft Excel. This tool has fewer formatting features that its software-based counterpart, but can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. You can also share spreadsheets with others and save the spreadsheet as multiple file formats including (but not limited to) XLS, PDF, and HTML. Watch this video to learn more about Google Spreadsheets.

 

Google Slides

Google Slides is a free, online presentation tool that you can use to create, edit, present, and share slideshows. It is very similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, with fewer formatting features. Much like most other Google Apps, Google Slides allows you to collaborate on slideshow presentation with unlimited users. Click here to watch a video on the basics of creating Google Presentations.

 

 

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is Google’s scheduling calendar service that can assist you with time-management through easy organization and helpful reminders. This is nothing short of the most open and configurable calendar offering available today. And while there is a wealth of things you might never do, it never feels like that power gets in the way. If you just want to login and check your appointments and type in new ones you can do that. If you want to go a step farther and have it email you a daily appointment list, that’s available. If you want your cell phone to alert you, that’s just another click away.

 

 

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a platform where you can communicate with multiple people through messaging, SMS, video/audio chat and VOIP. It can be challenging to locate and contact other members of such a large community as Pepperdine; with community integration, this is a gem. Even better, with no install or configuration like Skype, you simply login and start talking.

 

Google Sites

Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share webpages as well as a nice place to brainstorm and manage projects. Its an easy basic wiki withalmost no ramp-up time needed due to no real training being required. Just decide a name for your knowledge base and go. To learn more about Google Sites, click here.

 

 

Please watch the video below to learn more about these components and how they will be useful to you at Pepperdine School of Law.

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.

 

7 Legal Apps for a Law School Student

1. FastCase: This free app available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android allows you to search for cases that have occurred in all 50 states. See the FastCase Web site for more information.

2. Want to know more about your Supreme Court Justices? The app called PocketJustice gives you all the information you need in the palm of your hand. This app is $0.99 and available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

3. iJuror is a fast and easy way to keep track of your jury. This app costs $4.99 and is available for the iPhone and iPad.

5. TrialPad allows lawyers to update court files during the actual hearing. Lawyers can hook up any monitor or projector to their iPad to play videos or display images on the screen. This app is $89.99 and available for the iPhone and iPad.

6. Constitution allows anyone to review the Constitution for free.

7. Black Law’s Dictionary is a well-known law dictionary now in it’s 10th edition. Costing $54.99, it is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. The free online dictionary is available at: https://thelegaldictionary.org/

Help Desk & Information Services

There are two places to get technology support here at Pepperdine. The University Help Desk and the Information Services SHIELD Desk located at the Front Desk of 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:

Law Library Catalog

20131108_112230The Law library can be one of the most valuable assets to you during your time in law school. It’s value goes beyond your law education, as it can be a great tool for such activities like Law Review and Moot Court as well as preparing for your careers as a whole. The catalog system contains records describing all the books, microforms, and journals in the law library and other selected libraries. Links are also provided which can take you directly to the web sites of other libraries both local and across the country.

The Law Library Catalog can be accessed via computers located throughout the Law Library.

Law Library Catalog: http://pepperdineuniversity-lawlibrary.worldcat.org/

Additional Law Resources can be found at:

 

Finding Legal Apps

The following article was published by School of Law Research & Electronic Services Librarian, Alyssa Thurston. The original post can be found at the Law Library publication View from the Library

Apps just aren’t for finding a new place to eat or improving your Words with Friends score. The past several years have seen the development of a staggering array of apps designed specifically for lawyers and legal researchers. Using apps, you can do everything from supplementing your bar exam study to annotating PDF documents and monitoring jurors during trial – all from your tablet or smartphone.

With all of the legal apps out there these days, how to get started with finding one that works for you? A recent article, “Good Apps Aren’t Hard to Find: Resources for Finding Legal Apps”, lists several resources for locating legal apps. App stores, legal technology blogs, and legal content providers such as Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are all great starting points. Check out the article for more information and to start APP-lying your legal technology skills!