Computer Services

5.1 LAW SCHOOL SERVICES

Computer Lab: The Law School operates a computer lab on the third floor of the Library (Room 305B). The lab contains ten computers running Microsoft Windows. All computers have Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Acrobat Reader. The lab contains laser printers and a scanner. The Lab Manager is generally on duty weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and additional coverage is provided on evenings and weekends. If you have questions, you can see the Lab Manager, or send an email to the Help Desk (helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu)

PrintingStudents currently enrolled at the Law School are allotted 1,200 pages a year free of charge. After the first 1,200 pages, students are charged 5 cents per page. Research Assistants and students on Journals, on the Moot Court Board or who qualify for the final or semi-final rounds of the Moot Court Competition are allotted an additional allocation for printing jobs connected to those projects upon request to the Help Desk (helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu). 

Training:The Law Library provides training on law-specific computer services, such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. In addition, throughout the year the Library periodically offers students demonstrations on useful law databases- and business-related law Internet sites, as well as sessions on preparation for practice. The Office of the Dean of Students and the Library also periodically host Microsoft Office Training sessions, which are designed to show students how to maximize use of Microsoft Office products.   

The Law School Local Area NetworkAll study carrels, reading tables on the north side of the Wilson Reading Room, and tables in the book stacks on the upper floors of the library have Ethernet connections, which allow students to connect to the local area network and gain access to laser printers, the Internet, Lexis, and Westlaw. To connect your laptop to the network, you need a 10/100baseT Ethernet adapter and cable. Many Apple and PC laptops have built-in Ethernet support, but some laptops may require an adapter. Many of the student study areas are covered by the Law School’s wireless network as well. Students with an integrated or add-on wireless card should be able to access the Internet from most study areas in the building.

The Law School uses DHCP to assign IP addresses dynamically. Instructions on configuring your laptop to use DHCP are available in the computer labs and at Orientation. If you wish to access the network both at the Law School and your residence, you may need to switch your network settings when you move from one location to another. 

Computers in the Library: In addition to the Computer Lab, the Library provides computers in the John P. Wilson Reading Room on the second floor and on floors 4, 5 and 6 for searching the Library Catalog and databases, web searching, and checking email. Your CNet ID and password are required for access to these computers.

The D’Angelo Law Library also subscribes to many databases and e-journals which may be accessed via the Library web server at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/

LexisNexis and Westlaw: Students will receive their LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords at introductory training classes early in the Autumn quarter. 

Internet Services & Student Websites: The Internet is available throughout all common area spaces at the law school, including the Computer Lab, Library, and Green Lounge. Internet and wireless access is restricted in the classroom wing, and is only available in courses when authorized by the instructor.

Individual students and student organizations may publish personal web pages at: http://home.uchicago.edu/.  For additional information, please contact Aaron Rester, Senior Manager of Electronic Communications, at arester@uchicago.edu.   

Computer Passwords: Law students have five sets of passwords:

  1. UCLawID: To prevent unauthorized access, use of the Law School computer labs will be restricted to holders of UCLawID usernames and passwords. These are issued to each student during Orientation. You need these credentials to log in to the computers in the labs, to access laser printers over the Law School network from your laptop computer, and to access some services restricted to law students (job listings from Career Services, evaluation websites, etc.). You should sign off computers when you are done or you risk having other people’s print jobs charged to your account.
  2. CNetID and password: You need these credentials to check your email and authenticate to the wireless network, as well as to access many of the University’s online services.
  3. ExamSoft ID and password:  You will need these credentials to take exams using ExamSoft, the Law School’s exam administration software.  The Office of the Registrar will send each student an ExamSoft password well before exams each quarter.
  4.  LexisNexis ID and password: You will receive a LexisNexis access code from the librarians during research classes scheduled as part of your Bigelow curriculum.  You will use the access code to log on to LexisNexis at http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool, register, and create your custom ID and password. 
  5. Westlaw password: You will receive your Westlaw password from the librarians during research classes scheduled as part of your Bigelow curriculum. You can create a custom Westlaw password when you first log on and register at http://lawschool.westlaw.com. Your original Westlaw password continues to work even after you create a custom password.

A word about laptops: It is risky to configure software on a laptop computer to automatically remember your passwords. If the laptop were stolen, the thief would have access to all of your accounts.

What to do if a password is lost or compromised:

  1. UCLawID password: The Lab Manager in 305B or the Help Desk staff in Room K002 can change your password to prevent unauthorized users from accessing your account and files. For security reasons, they absolutely cannot give out passwords over the phone or by email.
  2. CNet password: You may reset this by visiting the CNET website: http://cnet.uchicago.edu. If you encounter problems online, you may go in person to the ID & Privileges Office located in the lobby of the Regenstein library, and they will create a new password. For security reasons, they absolutely cannot give out passwords over the phone or by email. If your password is compromised, you may find your account frozen because of abuse by the unauthorized user. 
  3. ExamSoft ID and password:  The Assistant Registrar should be able to assist you with your ID or password.  You may also obtain your ID or password by going to http://support.examsoft.com/link/portal/15157/15194/Article/58/Where-do-....
  4. LexisNexis ID and password: LexisNexis does not distribute passwords; each user creates a custom ID and password from an access code upon registration. The Library is not provided with a list of custom IDs and passwords.  If you no longer have your custom ID and password, contact LexisNexis customer service at 1-800-543-6862.
  5. Westlaw password: The Library maintains a list of Westlaw passwordsdistributed to students.  See a reference librarian if you no longer have your password.  

Problems/QuestionsOperational issues (problems in the Law School computer lab, printing, setting up email, etc.) should be directed to the Lab Manager and Assistants on duty in the Computer Lab. Global computer issues (lab policies, law school computer purchases, etc.) should be directed to the Help Desk (helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu).

5.2 UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES

Information Technologies Services (ITS) provides all students with a wide range of computing resources, including email, networked information, interactive computing and Internet service. ITS manages several computing sites for the University community:

  1. Regenstein: Lower Level, 773-702-7894
    Open during library hours
    Apple & PC 
  2. Crerar: First Floor, 773-702-7894
    Open during library hours
    Apple & PC

In addition, email and web-browsing stations are located in the Biological Sciences Learning Center, Stuart Hall, Harper Library, and the Reynold’s Club.  

ITS provides technical support and can be reached on the techline (773-702-5800) or by email (itservices@uchicago.edu).

Where to Get More Information on student user accounts (Email, Internet)

ID & Privileges Office
Regenstein Library
1100 E. 57th Street, Room 100F
Chicago, IL
773-702-3344
ipo@uchicago.edu 

Hours:             Monday – Thursday:             8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

                          Friday:                                    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

                          Saturday:                                9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

                          Sunday:                                  Closed