Technology News

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?"

New Law Student Laptop Deals from Apple and Dell

The School of Law's IT department and University IT have partnered to offer law students laptop computer deals from Apple and Dell.  The Apple Macbook, which features a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, an Apple SuperDrive recordable DVD drive, and Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard), sells for $1,590.  The Dell Latitude E5500 includes a 15.4" display, a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, a recordable DVD drive, and Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (Service Pack 1), and is priced at $1,039.

Check the new Brandeis School of Law page on UofL IT's Web site for more information and to purchase.

Heads Up on Possible Wireless Problems

This afternoon (Wednesday, April 29), dozens of students at the end of the Civil Procedure finals had difficulty with the wireless network.  Most could connect, but not authenticate.  That is, their logon credentials were rejected.  When asked, campus IT reported no known problems or outages at that time.

For the remainder of the final exam period, students are reminded and strongly urged to bring a USB flash drive with them to every exam as a backup submission method if wireless submission fails.

Introducing ExamTracker 3000

Students who take exams using Exam4 may now confirm online that their exams have been successfully submitted and received.  ExamTracker 3000 is available at

Check ExamTracker 3000 after every exam.  Each course will be listed as soon as the first student finishes and submits his/her exam electronically.  If your exam number is listed, you know your exam made it home.

ExamTracker 3000 will also be available in the Mosaic Lobby during finals.

Coming Soon: ExamTracker 3000

By the beginning of Spring 2009 final exams on Wednesday, April 22, the IT staff plans to deploy ExamTracker 3000™, an amazing, new, high-tech program that will display students' exam numbers in real time as they complete and submit Exam4 exams.  ExamTracker 3000 ™will be set up in a prominent place on the first floor of the classroom wing.  Using ExamTracker 3000™, students will know with absolute certainty that their electronic exams have been successfully submitted and received.

Exam4 for Spring Finals Now Available

Exam4 is now available for Spring 2009 final exams. For system requirements and to download the software and instructions, see Exam4 Download & Installation. Also, be sure to read the Computer Exam Procedures.

The deadline to submit a practice test is 11:59 PM, Friday, April 17.  To submit your practice test electronically, you must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network.  Only students who timely submit a practice test may receive Exam4 support during finals.  Please use your UofL user name (e.g., eapres01) to identify yourself in the ExamID field.  "1234" does not distinguish you from the other 11 "1234"s.

You must install a new version of Exam4 for Spring 2009 finals.  Previous versions have expired and will no longer run.

New Printers!

We've installed two new printers in the Law Library: one in the first floor lab and one for laptop users.  Each new printer is an HP LaserJet 9050 -- candy apple red, with chrome fins and flame decals.  Laptop users who wish to use the new laptop printer must stop by room 119 and see John Shelman.  John will cheerfully install the driver for the new printer and get you connected.  Students will not be able to use the new laptop printer until Cheerful John has installed the driver for it.

More Wireless Capacity in Classroom Wing

At not insignificant expense, both one-time and ongoing, we have doubled the wireless network capacity in the classroom wing of the law school building.  There are now additional wireless access points on all three floors: one more on the second floor, three more on the first floor, and one more in the basement.

Any student who still has difficulty connecting to the wireless network should first make sure he/she is connecting to ulsecure and not uofl_authuofl_auth was the old network that Odyssey used (though you didn't necessarily have to use Odyssey to connect to it).  University IT killed off uofl_auth over the holiday break.  If you're still trying to connect to uofl_auth, IT has instructional videos showing how to connect Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.4 and OS 10.5 computers to ulsecure.  Those videos are available at

Enjoy the improvements.

Completing the Electronic Kentucky Bar Application

Several graduating students have asked about completing the Kentucky Bar Application electronically.  Because the application is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document, one must have and use Adobe Acrobat Professional to save changes to the application.  Acrobat Reader will not work.

All of the Law Library lab computers have Acrobat Pro, so you may complete the application there.  Or, Adobe now offers a 30-day, fully functional trial of all its products, including Acrobat Pro (for Windows only).  You must create an account on Adobe's site before you'll be permitted to download the trial version, but it is available here:

Exam4 for July Kentucky Bar Exam

The Exam4 registration and download period is now open (through January 22) for the February 2009 Kentucky bar exam.  Students graduating in May 2009 and planning to take the Kentucky bar exam on computer may take a look at the registration page for the February exam to see what it will look like for them this summer.

There are four steps in the process:

  1. Register
  2. Pay
  3. Download and install
  4. Take and submit a practice test
When you register this summer, it is imperative that you provide an e-mail address that will remain active, and that you will monitor regularly, through the bar exam in late July.  Information about software updates, etc. will be distributed via e-mail.  It is worth over-emphasizing that the version of Exam4 you use in law school will NOT work for the bar exam, nor will the bar exam version work for law school exams.