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Services for Students

The Information Technology department provides computer technology support for Law School students. Below are detailed instructions and a list of resources. If you have any questions, please contact lawithelp@ucdavis.edu.

Microsoft Software

The Law School has negotiated an agreement with Microsoft to provide Office products to law students while they are at UC Davis. Instructions for setting up Office 365 are on the School of Law Intranet.

Anti-Virus

The campus has a site license for Sophos Anti-Virus. To get the software:

  1. Log into my.ucdavis.edu
  2. Click the UCD Resources Tab, then select Software.
  3. Click the Anti-virus category on the left, and you will see the software for download on the right.

Examsoft Information for Students

The Law School uses the Softest program by Examsoft for taking exams on laptops. This product is also used by the California State Bar Exam. To download the UC Davis version of Examsoft, visit the UC Davis Examsoft page.

If you have any questions or problems with the software, please see a member of the IT Department.

Student Campus E-mail Information

The central campus provides and maintains student email accounts. The IET website for DavisMail is a great place to start if you have any questions regarding your UC Davis email address.

You have a number of options for checking your email account. You can use applications such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Outlook or Outlook Express to have your mail downloaded to your computer using either the IMAP or POP protocols.

If you would like to check your mail using a web browser, you can sign into My UCDavis, the campus portal. The MyUCDavis portal will redirect you to your DavisMail account. You will need your campus email account and password to sign in.

If you have any questions or problems with your email account, please contact the ITXpress Help Desk at (530) 754-HELP.

Student Wireless Information

A comprehensive wireless network has been installed in King Hall to provide internet access to all major public areas. MoobileNetX is a wireless network that utilizes enhancements in wireless security. Some configuration may be necessary to configure your computer to access this new system.

For more information about wireless computing on campus or specific information about configuring your laptop please visit the IET Wireless Computing website.

Computer Recommendations

There is really no "one-size-fits all" solution for considering a computer purchase for Law School, as some students use their computers for applications outside of law school study (ex. multimedia, gaming, music or video applications). The UC Davis School of Law does not require a laptop for entering students, although most students enter law school with a laptop computer.

If you are considering a laptop or desktop for law school, here are some general guidelines to aid in your purchase.

Instructional Computer Center Information

General Information

The Instructional Computing Center is a computer lab dedicated to law student use. There are 36 Dell (Windows 7) workstations. Each student has a unique login to the lab, with an individual, private network drive, and has access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information Technology staff are available 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday to assist students.

Hardware

There are 36 Dell PCs with 22" flat panel monitors. Each workstation has front USB slots for student's USB keys, and a DVDRW drive so students can burn cds and DVDs.

Software

All PC's are currently running Windows 7, and have Microsoft Office 2010 Enterprise. Students have access to Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and Acrobat Pro. Windows Media Player and iTunes are installed for listening to audio CD's and viewing DVD's. For web browsing, Internet Explorer and Firefox are available.  Acrobat Pro is installed for editing PDF files.

Printing

UC Davis School of Law is one of only a handful of law schools that does not charge a printing fee. Students are provided 1,500 pages per semester at no cost. The computer lab in the basement houses 3 high-volume printers, plus another exclusively for Lexis research. There are two additional printers in other parts of the building: one behind the Law Library Circulation desk on the first floor, and another on the second floor just outside the Darling Lounge.  We do ask that students send Lexis jobs to the appropriate printer, as this both utilizes the resources provided by Lexis, and ensures students realize the full benefit of their quota.

Printer software download (intranet access required)

Storage

Each student has a 60MB network drive (Z drive) for storing documents. This storage is backed up nightly and we run an offsite backup weekly. Students are encouraged to use this drive as a backup mechanism for their research. The best practice would be to store your research on a USB flash drive, and routinely copy the contents to your computer lab Z drive.