Student Computer Information

UND School of Law Computer Services is located in the Thormodsgard Law Library.  Our mission is to provide a stable, functional and modern computing environment for the students, faculty, and staff of the School of Law and to address technology problems that may arise.

The following technology and computer services are available while at the law school:

  • Student computer lab with both Macintosh and Windows computers
  • Color and black & white laser printing ($8 per semester is loaded onto your Student ID card for printing at the law school and at other labs throughout campus)
  • Fileserver network storage space
  • North Dakota University System e-mail account
  • The option for students to take some exams electronically
  • Hardware and software technical support
  • Other specialized services

Wireless network access is available in both the law school and the law library buildings as well as throughout the UND campus. Both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems are supported on the network. Computer Services provides some technical training as well as software and hardware technical support for your laptop.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide service that could violate terms of a warranty, nor can we provide you with software unless that software is free and/or open source.

Although the law school does not currently require students to purchase or bring their own laptop, having a laptop during your academic career here at the UND School of Law is highly encouraged. Virtually any current production laptop on the market will suffice. However, you will want to ensure your laptop has wireless network ability so you can take advantage of the wireless network in the law school and throughout campus.  The UND Bookstore (http://www.bkstr.com/Home/10001-95404-1?demoKey=d) sells computers and computer related items at a discounted price for students.

Should I buy a Mac or Windows laptop?  There are plusses and minuses for each as shown in the table below, but the final decision is yours:

 

Pros

Cons

Windows

  • Less expensive to buy
  • Much more commonly used in the ‘real’ world
  • Many makes & models to choose from
  • More costly to maintain
  • Shorter life cycle

Mac

  • Less costly to maintain
  • Easy to learn & use
  • Longer life cycle
  • More costly to buy
  • Some software (usu. proprietorial or special-use software) may be Windows compatible only, although most productivity software now works on both

 

Irrespective of which make & model laptop you choose, it is imperative that your laptop is protected by approved antivirus software or else your laptop will not be permitted on the network while on campus.  Once you have a UND identification management account (IdM), use it to obtain free antivirus software for Windows and Mac computers here (http://itsecurity.und.edu/virus.html).  Other free software links may be found here (http://web.law.und.edu/library/compserv/other.php) without a UND IdM account.

In order to maximize your computing experience, here are some other recommendations you may want to consider when choosing a laptop:

  • An Ethernet port for wired network connection.
  • A video out port (DVI, VGA, RCA, and/or S-video).
  • A three-year extended warranty to cover any repairs while you attend law school
  • Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent, for word processing and presentations.   LibreOffice is a free productivity suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office and is available here (http://www.libreoffice.org/).

Please visit http://und.edu/tech-support/students/tech-requirements.cfm for basic technical requirements recommended for UND courses, Internet connection information, software available to you, and more.

If you have applied for all your financial aid availability and you need additional loan funds to cover the cost of purchasing a computer, you should contact the Student Financial Aid Office at 701.777.3121 or by email for information on, and applications for, increasing your financial aid budget.

Important note about taking electronic exams: SofTest (which is the electronic exam the law school uses) can be used on virtually any modern computer (i.e. purchased within the last 3-4 years).  When using SofTest to take electronic exams, the minimum system requirements you must consider when choosing a laptop are:

Mac OS X (10.6, 10.7, 10.8)

A native Mac version of SofTest is now available. When you attempt to download SofTest, the native Mac version will appear, if it is available to you. In order to use SofTest on your Apple Macbook, Macbook Air or Macbook Pro natively, you must have:

  • CPU = Intel processor
  • RAM = 2 GB
  • Hard Drive = 1 GB of free disk space
  • Operating System = MAC OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), or 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
  • SofTest may not be used in a virtual operating systems
  • Software = Internet connection for SofTest installation, Exam Download and Upload
  • Administrator account

Windows (Vista, XP, 7)

  • CPU = 2GHz Intel® Core™/Celeron™ or equivalent x86 processor (CPU Info)
  • RAM = highest recommended for the operating system or 2GB
  • Hard Drive = highest recommended for the operating system or 1GB of free space
  • Operating System = English 32-bit Versions of Windows XP, 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • SofTest cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels or VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments, unless approved for the institution.
  • Software = Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • Internet connection for SofTest Installation, Exam Download and Upload
  • Screen Resolution must be 1024x768 or higher
  • Administrator level account permissions
  • Windows 8 is not supported

Other electronic exam requirements for both operating systems are:

  • SofTest cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments.
      • Internet access (wireless preferable) for exam software installation, exam download, and completed exam upload.  Wireless networking is available in all law school classrooms for exam upload.
      • For additional information, visit ExamSoft Contact and Solution Center (or copy and paste http://support.examsoft.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=15194 into your web browser)

If you have any questions about the School of Law computing facilities or services, please contact the Computer Services Help Desk at 701.777.2484 or via email at help@law.und.edu.  Additional information and instructions will be handed out in Computer Services’ time with you during orientation, 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14.

You may visit us at www.law.und.edu to learn more about the UND School of Law.

If you would like additional information to help make a decision on the right laptop for you, or if you have other questions about law school technology, please feel free to contact me by any of the means below.

Carl Warrene, carl.warrene@email.und.edu
Systems Administrator
Thormodsgard Law Library
UND School of Law
University of North Dakota School of Law
Ph: 701.777.5075