For students

Computer Services

4.1 LAW SCHOOL SERVICES

Computer Lab

The Law School operates a computer lab on the third floor of the Library (Room 305B). The lab contains computers running Microsoft Windows. All computers have Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox, and Adobe Acrobat Reader. The lab contains printers and a scanner. The lab is open in accordance with the general Law School building hours identified in Section 6.1, below. The lab is staffed on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends. Students who have questions when the lab is not staffed may send an email to the Help Desk (helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu).

Printing

Students currently enrolled at the Law School are allotted $156.00 in printing credit per academic year, which equates to 1,200 standard black and white pages. Once a student has exhausted this credit, students are charged according to the prices set forth below. 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 given an additional allocation for printing jobs connected to those projects upon request to the Help Desk (helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu).

The prices for printing are:

  • One-Sided 8.5 x 11 Black & White Print $0.13
  • One-Sided 8.5 x 11 Color Print $0.18
  • One-Sided Large Format 11 x 17 Black & White Print $0.26
  • One-Sided Large Format 11 x 17 Color Print $0.36

Questions regarding printing accounts should be directed 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-- and business-related Internet sites, as well as sessions on preparation for practice. The Library also periodically hosts Microsoft Office Training sessions, which are designed to show students how to maximize use of Microsoft Office products.

Network Access

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, which allow students to connect to the network and gain access to printers, the Internet, Lexis, and Westlaw. Student study areas are covered by the wireless network as well. Students may use their CNet IDs to connect to UChicago-Secure in study areas, common areas, or the library.

The Law School uses DHCP to assign IP addresses dynamically. Instructions on configuring your laptop to use DHCP are available at Orientation and in the Computer Lab. 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. A 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 https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/law/databases/.

LexisNexis and Westlaw

Students will receive their LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords from the Library during their first year of study.

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: https://voices.uchicago.edu/.

Computer Passwords

Law students have five sets of passwords:

(1) UCLawID: To prevent unauthorized access, use of the Law School computer labs are restricted to holders of UCLawID usernames and passwords. These are issued to students during orientation. Students need these credentials to log in to the computers in the labs, to access printers over the Law School network, and to access some services restricted to law students (job listings from Career Services, evaluation websites, etc.). Students should sign off computers when done to prevent unauthorized access to their account.

(2) CNetID and password: These credentials are used to check email and authenticate to the wireless network, as well as to access many of the University’s online services.

(3) LexisNexis ID and password: Students receive a LexisNexis access code from the librarians during research classes scheduled as part of the Bigelow curriculum. Students will use the access code to log on to LexisNexis at http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool, register, and create a custom ID and password.

(4) Westlaw password: Students receive their Westlaw password from the librarians during research classes scheduled as part of the Bigelow curriculum. Students create a custom Westlaw password upon first log on and register at http://lawschool.westlaw.com. The original Westlaw password continues to work even after creation of a custom password.

(5) Bloomberg Law password: Students will create a custom Bloomberg Law username and password when they register. These are used to log on to Bloomberg Law.

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

What to do if a password is lost or compromised:

(1) UCLawID password: Please see Help Desk staff on the 3rd Floor to change your password to prevent unauthorized users from accessing your account and files. For security reasons, the Help Desk absolutely cannot give out passwords over the phone or by email.

(2) CNet ID password: Reset this by visiting the CNetID website at  http://cnet.uchicago.edu. Students who encounter problems online should 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 a password is compromised, the account may be frozen because of abuse by the unauthorized user.

(3) 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. Students who no longer have their custom ID and password should contact LexisNexis customer service at 1-800-543-6862.

(4) Westlaw password: The Library maintains a list of Westlaw passwords distributed to students. Students who no longer have their password should see a reference librarian.

(5) 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

Any questions about computing resources or technology at the Law School should be directed to the Help Desk at 773-834-5300 or helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu.

4.2 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: Second Floor; open during library hours and housing both Macintosh and PC computers
  2. Crerar: Basement Level; open during library hours and housing both Macintosh and PC computers

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