- Laptop Computer Requirement
Syracuse University College of Law (COL) requires students to have a laptop computer and to keep it in good working order. Students often use laptops in the classroom and AirOrangeX, Syracuse University’s wireless network, is available throughout the COL. Additionally, many exams at the COL are computer-based. ExamSoft’s SofTest software is used for this process.
Important information regarding Windows 8 and Mac OL 10.8 (Mountain Lion):
Both Microsoft and Apple will be releasing new operating systems in the late summer or early fall of 2012. Neither Windows 8 nor Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), the new operating systems, will be supported by the College of Law during Academic Year 2012-13, as they will not be compatible with our exam software. If you're purchasing a new computer, or updating an older one, you'll need to choose the older versions of these operating systems: Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.7x (Lion).
- Computer Skills
Computer skills are essential in the legal profession. At the COL, you will receive training as a first year student in the web-based versions of Westlaw and Lexis. It is also important to be familiar with Microsoft Office, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as internet browsers, and email.
- Recommended Laptop configuration
- Supported Platforms
Both PCs and Macs are supported at the COL. Linux platforms are not supported at the COL.
- Use of Laptops in the Classrooms
Laptops may be used anywhere in the COL. Electrical outlets for laptops are available in most of our classrooms, and in some areas of the law library. You should obtain approval from your professors regarding the use of a laptop during class time.
New law students are assigned an official email address once you are admitted and have activated your NET ID. You will receive further information about these, including account name, password and guidelines for use.
You will have access to campus systems, as well as WestLaw and Lexis, from your residence or other locations with internet access by means of a remote access process.
Access to photocopiers will be made available during your first week at the COL. Interdepartmental mail and packages delivered by common carriers for student organizations or for official school business are handled through the Support Services department. Personal mail should be directed to your residence address. There is a US Postal Service mail drop for outgoing mail.