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Academic Computing

Syracuse University College of Law
Information Technology and Support Services
The Information Technology and Support Services (ITSS) department provides computer and technical support for the College of Law students, faculty, and staff. ITSS also provides photocopying and mail services.
  • 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
The Syracuse University Bookstore can provide you with laptop information, including minimum requirements. Any laptop, PC, or Intel-based Mac, purchased within the last 2-3 years, with integrated wireless ability, will satisfy the COL requirements. 
As mentioned above, Microsoft Office is commonly used at the COL, with Microsoft Word being the most popular word processor. Versions of Office, 2007 or 2008 and later, work wekk in the COL environment.
  • 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.
·         Email
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.
While we recognize that many students already use one or more commercial email accounts (i.e. Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail), the University provided email system is our primary means for email communication with you. The COL uses Blackboard for course management, and your University-provided email address is the primary means of communicating with you electronically from Blackboard, as well as for many other purposes.
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.
·         Mail and Photocopying
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.