Information Technology

All law students must have a laptop on which to take their final exams. Many students choose to take notes on laptops as well. All law students may take out an additional $1,500 alternative loan to purchase a computer. For additional information, contact the Law School Financial Aid office.

Computer labs

The Law School operates a computer lab on the third floor of the library and kiosks on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors. The lab contains ten computers running Windows 7 Enterprise. All computers have Microsoft Office 2013, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and other specialized software. The lab contains two laser printers and a scanner. The Lab Manager, David Blood, is on duty weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Additional coverage is provided on evenings and weekends. If you have questions, contact the Lab Manager at 773-702-4493, or send an e-mail to lab_support@law.uchicago.edu.

Video Conference Interviews

The Law School has video conference capabilities in Conference Room 514 that can be used for student interviewing. Students must coordinate their video conference arrangements directly with the employer before making a request for access to the equipment. Equipment availability is limited to weekdays between 9:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. (CST). A test call prior to the scheduled video conference date may be arranged by contacting the Law School IT department Help Desk via 773-834-5300 or helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu.

Students must follow these instructions to make their request: Video Conferencing Request Information.

To reserve a conference room, use the Meeting Room Manager.

Printing

Students are allowed to print 1,200 pages per academic year free of charge. You can get further details and instructions for printing from your personal laptop.

Training

The D'Angelo Law School Library provides training on law-specific computer services, such as Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law. The Library demonstrates useful law- and business-related Internet sites throughout the year. For further information, go to the D'Angelo Law Library site.

IT Services provides a variety of training courses on various commonly used software packages. For further information, go to IT Services training.

The Law School local area network

All 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, where students may 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 100/1000baseT Ethernet adapter and cable. Many of the student study areas are now covered by the Law School's 802.11b/g 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 online at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/life/IT/guides under “Student File Library” (either Macintosh or Windows Network Guide). If you wish to access the network both at the Law School and in a dorm room, you may need to switch your network settings when you move from one location to another.

Guides

Guides for Printing, VPN, connecting to the wireless networks and an FAQ can be found at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/life/IT/guides

Computers in the Reading Room

The Library provides computers in the Wilson Reading Room and kiosks on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors. From these computers, you can print to the multi-function device located in the Reserve Room. For further information, go to the D'Angelo Law Library Computing News page.

Lexis and Westlaw

Students will receive their Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law passwords during the orientation sessions led by the Law School Library. For further information, Ask a Law Librarian.

Internet services

The D'Angelo Law Library subscribes to many databases and online resources that can be accessed through the D'Angelo Law Library website. The Library also posts old law school exams and model answers at http://www1.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/courses/exams/.

Individual students and student organizations may publish personal web pages. There is also a mailing list server for student lists. For further information, contact IT Services

Computer Passwords

Law students have six sets of passwords:

(1) Computer lab user name and password: To prevent unauthorized access, use of the Law School computer labs will be restricted to holders of UCLAW usernames and passwords. These are issued to each student during orientation. You need these to log in to the computers in the labs, to access laser printers over the network from your notebook computer, and to access some services restricted to law students (job listings from Career Services, course evaluations, the exam system, etc.). You should sign off computers when you are done or you will risk having other people's print jobs charged to your account.

(2) CNetID and password: You need these to check your e-mail and authenticate to the wireless network, as well as to access many of the University's online assets.

(3) ExamsSoft password: Use to logon to ExamSoft's SofTest. This is the program you will use to take your exams at law school.

(4)  LexisNexis ID: Use to logon to LexisNexis: http://www.lexis.com/lawschool. You can create a custom LexisNexis ID and password when you register.

(5) Westlaw password: Use to logon to Westlaw. You will create a custom Westlaw login and password (OnePass) when you register.

(6) Bloomberg Law password: Use to log on to Bloomberg Law.  You will create a custom Bloomberg Law username and password when you register.

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 your password is lost or compromised

(1) Computer lab password: The Lab Manager or Attendant can change your password to prevent unauthorized users from accessing your account and files.

(2) CNetID 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 Identification and Privileges Office near the entrance to the Regenstein library, and they will create a new password. For security reasons, they absolutely cannot give out passwords over the phone or by e-mail. If your password is compromised, you may find your account frozen because of abuse by the unauthorized user.

(3) ExamSoft password: Go to the ExamSoft site and select Lost CNET or Password? to reclaim your username or password.

(4) LexisNexis ID: The Lexis student rep can look up a LexisNexis ID that you have forgotten. If your password has been compromised, the Lexis rep can cancel the old password and have a new one created. In an emergency, phone Lexis customer service at 1-800-543-6862.

(5) Westlaw password: The Westlaw student rep or reference librarian can look up your password on the spot. If your password has been compromised, the Westlaw rep or reference librarian can have the four-letter extension changed.

(6) Bloomberg Law password: The Bloomberg Law student rep can look up a Bloomberg Law password that you have forgotten.  If your password has been compromised, the Bloomberg Law rep can cancel the old password and have a new one created.  In an emergency, phone Bloomberg Law customer service at 1-888-560-2529.

Problems/Questions

Operational issues (problems in the labs, printing, setting up e-mail, etc.) should be directed to the Lab Manger and Assistants on duty in the Computer Lab. Global computer issues (lab policies, law school computer purchases, etc.) should be sent to the Law School Help Desk at helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu.

University Computing Services

IT Services provides all students with a wide range of computing resources at no charge, including e-mail, networked information, interactive computing and Internet service. IT Services manages three computing sites for the University community:

USite: adjacent to Cathey Learning Center, 773-702-7894 
8 a.m. - 3 a.m. (weekdays) 
noon - 3 a.m. (weekends) 
PCs, Macintosh, and Silicon Graphics workstations 
 

Regenstein: 2nd floor, 702-7894 
open during library hours 
Macintosh & PCs

Crerar: basement, 773-702-7894 
open during library hours
Macintosh & PCs

IT Services provides technical support and can be reached on the techline (773-702-5800) or by e-mail (support@uchicago.edu).

Computer Sales

The University of Chicago has educational pricing through Apple, Dell, and Lenovo.  Further information on the pricing can be found at https://itservices.uchicago.edu/services/computers. Pricing is very competitive.

IT Services also provides a FREE download of Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrade (32bit or 64bit), Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows, and Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac to each student.  Information can be found at http://softwarediscount.uchicago.edu.

Where To Get More Information

IT Services: Call 773-702-5800, E-mail at support@uchicago.edu, or In-person at the TECHB@R located on the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Identification and Privileges Office: 
Regenstein Library, Room100F 
773-702-8782