Technology News

Exam4 Now Available for Legal Research and Torts I Mid-Terms

A version of Exam4 for the Legal Research final and Torts I mid-term is available now.  For more information, including how to download, install and use Exam4 to take and submit practice tests and live exams, click here.

The Exam4 practice test deadline for 1Ls planning to use their computer to take either or both the Legal Research final exam and Professor Leibson's Torts I mid-term exam is 6:00 PM EDT, Saturday, October 3, 2009.  A propertly submitted practice test is a requirement before you may use your computer on either of these exams.  Students who fail to properly take and submit a practice test by the deadline will be refused technical assistance of any kind should they experience any technical difficulty using Exam4 on the Legal Research final and/or the Torts I mid-term.

Another version of Exam4 for all other exams will be forthcoming, and more information about that will be posted later.

Update on Exam4 and Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and MS Windows 7

Extegrity, publisher of Exam4, has posted the following on its Web site about Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Microsoft Windows 7:

Microsoft Windows 7

(Posted 26 Aug 09) Microsoft Windows 7 will not be supported for exams in 2009, nor for February 2010 bar exams. The consumer versions of Windows 7 incorporate modified and new functions. Extegrity's highest priority is to assure the stable and secure operation of Exam4. Updates regarding Windows 7 will be posted here, with the goal of supporting it for Spring 2010 midterm exams. If you are planning to purchase a laptop in the near future, we recommend buying one with Windows Vista now and upgrading to Windows 7 later, or if the desired laptop only comes with Windows 7, keep your previous laptop.

Apple Macintosh OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

(Posted 26 Aug 09) Macintosh OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, scheduled for release on 28 Aug 2009, is currently under review. We expect, but cannot yet commit, to support Snow Leopard for Fall 2009 midterms. If you are planning to purchase a laptop in the near future, we recommend buying one with Macintosh OS X 10.5 Leopard now and upgrading to Snow Leopard later, or if the desired laptop only comes with Snow Leopard, keep your previous laptop until our announcement of support for Snow Leopard.

New Policy on Audio-Video Recording of Events

At their meeting yesterday, the faculty adopted a new Policy on Audio-Video Recording of Events.  Student organizations and administrative departments sponsoring events that they wish to have recorded must follow the procedures outlined in the policy.

Web Site Access for Student Organization Officers

Student organization officers are urged to contact the IT staff to ensure that those who should have rights to post pages, stories and events on organizations' Web sites have them.  News items and events posted on student organization sites are automatically collected each day for inclusion in the Student Organizations News & Events e-mail newsletter.

It is each organization's responsibility to contact the School of Law's IT department regarding Web site access.

Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Windows 7

Friday, August 28, Apple will release Mac OS 10.6, popularly known as Snow Leopard; and on October 22, Microsoft is scheduled to release the retail version of Windows 7, which is already available through certain other channels.

Students are advised to NOT upgrade their laptops to either of these new operating systems or to purchase a new computer that comes with one of these operating systems until further notice because of unknown compatibility, or incompatibility, with Exam4.

We have contacted Extegrity to find out whether and when they will release versions of Exam4 compatible with Snow Leopard and Windows 7 and are awaiting their response.  For the time being, though, students should assume that it will be some time before Exam4 is available for Snow Leopard and/or Windows 7.

University IT has also notified unit-level IT personnel that for now, ULink, PeopleSoft and Blackboard are not certified for use with Windows 7, specifically because Windows 7 comes bundled with Internet Explorer 8.  Consequently, students are also advised to not upgrade to Internet Explorer 8, which is available now as a Windows update.

Mandatory Exam4 Training for 1Ls

There will be mandatory Exam4 training for 1Ls in room 275 at 1:00 PM on Thursday, September 24.  Exam4 is our secure software for exam taking.

New Student Printing Policy

Effective at the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year, law students may now purchase additional printing credit to supplement their 500-page per semester allotment.  Printing credit must be purchased in 100-page increments for five dollars ($5) each in the Law Resource Center, room 272.

NOTE: Additional printing credit purchased in the Law Resource Center will not be available until the next business day after purchase.

The full, new Student Printing Policy is available at www.law.louisville.edu/it/policies/printing.

"Help" Day Canceled for Returning Students

Because of a purchasing snafu, the IT staff will NOT be deploying a new file server this week, nor making most other previously announced changes to returning students' Lawnet accounts.  The only scheduled change, which has already been implemented, is moving the School of Law's Web site over to ULink authentication.

Consequently, the "Help" Day previously scheduled for Monday, August 10, for returning students is canceled, primarily because there is nothing new to connect or configure for returning students.

The previously planned network changes, including deploying a new file server and copying students' documents and files to it, and moving Law Library lab computers and printers over to the University's Windows Active Directory domain, are now tentatively scheduled to occur after fall 2009 final exams.

 

Important Technology Changes for Returning Students

The IT staff are making changes to the School of Law's network, two of which are immediately significant to returning students:

Changes to Web Site Log-in

From 10:00 PM Wednesday, July 29th, through 12:00 AM Thursday, July 30th, the School of Law Web site will be unavailable while the law school's IT department makes an important change to the site.  Beginning at midnight, Thursday, July 30th, the School of Law's Web site will require the law school community -- faculty, staff and students, including incoming students -- to log in using their ULink credentials (user name and password), rather than their Lawnet credentials, to view private content.  Publicly available information will remain so.

Changes to School of Law Network (Lawnet)

From 12:00 AM Thursday, July 30th, through Friday, August 7, the IT staff will close returning students' Lawnet accounts while they make a series of changes to the School of Law's internal network (Lawnet).  During this blackout period, students will not be able to log on to law school computers or use law school network resources, including accessing their files on the file server or printing to the laptop printer.  Also during this period, the IT staff will:

  • Deploy a new file server
  • Copy students' documents and files from the current file server to the new one
  • Remove all Law Library lab computers from the Lawnet domain and add them to the University's new Windows Active Directory domain
  • Configure lab printing in the new network environment
For students, the most important consequence of all these changes is that they will no longer have Lawnet accounts.  Instead, they will be able to use their ULink user names and passwords for everything.  These changes will also affect how students connect their laptops to the School of Law file server and laptop printer.

"Help" Day

On Monday, August 10, the IT staff will be available nearly all day (specific hours TBA), tentatively in room 177, to assist both incoming and returning students connect their laptops to the wireless network, to the new file server and to the reconfigured laptop printer.  "Help" Day will be the only opportunity before the first day of class for students to configure, or reconfigure, their laptops in the new environment.  The IT staff will be occupied with Orientation responsibilities the rest of the week of August 10-14.

Please make a note of these important changes.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jim Becker, Assistant Dean for Information Technology, at j.becker@louisville.edu.

May 2009 Graduates: Don't Forget Your Files!

Monday, July 28th, is the last day May 2009 graduates will be able to retrieve their files from the law school's file server.  On Tuesday, the 29th, May graduates' Lawnet accounts and files will be deleted.  Don't be that person who comes in every year in early August and asks, "Where's my stuff?"