Technology News

Update on Exam4 and Windows 8.1

The IT Department received a notice from Extegrity this morning (10/11/13) reminding students NOT to upgrade to Windows 8.1 until Extegrity announces Exam4 support for it and clarifying information about how Window 8.1 will be distributed.  For awhile, rumors had suggested that Microsoft would push Windows 8.1 to Windows 8 users as an update.  However, current statements from Microsoft now indicate that users will have to manually download Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store, as the upgrade is expected to exceed 2 GB.

This notice is good news for Windows 8 users, who previously had to be concerned that Microsoft might unilaterally and surreptiously upgrade their operating system via Windows Update.

Exam4 for Professional Responsibility Available Monday, Oct. 14th

Exam4 for the Professional Responsibility final exam will be available to download and install beginning Monday, Oct. 14th. Students wishing to use their computers for the PR final must complete and submit a practice test (choose "F13m Practice exam" during start-up) no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 25, 2013.

The current version of Exam4 is for the Legal Research and Professional Responsibility exams ONLY.  A second version for end-of-semester finals will be available, tentatively, beginning Nov. 11th. 

For complete information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2013.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline for Legal Research Final Exam

First-year students are reminded that the Exam4 practice test deadline to qualify them to use their computers on the Legal Research final exam is 11:59 p.m. EDT, this Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Mandatory Exam4 Training for 1Ls

First-year students are reminded to attend a mandatory information and training session on using Exam4 at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26, in room 275. Lunch will NOT be provided for this session. Students may bring their laptops but are not required to. Even if you are not planning to use your computer to take exams this semester, all 1Ls must attend this session.

Windows 8 User Best Practice

Windows 8 users please be aware that the Internet Explorer app available on the Start screen is not the same as the Internet Explorer program (IE) available through the Desktop. The Desktop version of IE is sometimes required for certain web-based programs to work correctly like Ulink, Blackboard, and Tegrity. To avoid lost work and confusion the best practice is to use the IE program via the Desktop and not the app for student related work.

New Law Student Help Desk Now Open

The IT Department is pleased to announce the opening of a new Help Desk for law students, located outside the first floor lab in the Law Library.  The Help Desk will be staffed from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Friday, September 20, by Lee McWhorter, a work-study student pursuing a master's degree in Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering.

Mr. McWhorter has nearly 16 years' private sector experience in information technology and telecommunications, including user support.  For law students, Mr. McWhorter will provide first-tier support for:

  • Wireless networking (ulsecure)
  • Wireless printing
  • Lab computing and printing
  • Exam4 downloading, installation and basic usage

Students are reminded that the Brandeis School of Law's online Help Desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

New Home for Classroom Wireless Printer

The wireless printer in the classroom wing has been moved from the basement, outside room LL75, to the first floor, outside room 177.

CardMail Upgrade

University IT distributed the following information to all CardMail account holders on Friday, August 30, 2013:

Dear Student,

Over the summer, your CardMail account was upgraded to Office 365. Beginning Sept. 5th Microsoft will upgrade your account to a new version of Office 365. Shortly after the upgrade is complete, new features will be added including Office Web Apps, SkyDrive and SharePoint Online. We will send a follow up email when those features go live. You will continue to access your email and calendar at If you are having problems connecting to this site, please be sure to refresh the cache of your internet browser and try again.


What does this mean for you?

  • Initially, the site will look different when you login to CardMail and will contain the Office 365 logo in the top left hand corner.
  • Following the upgrade, Office Web Apps(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote), SkyDrive and SharePoint online will be made available, and will allow you to create and read documents from Office 365. These apps are a light version of the full Microsoft Office and are only available when you have Internet access.
  • Please follow this link to learn how to setup [sic] and use these functions:


Update on Exam4 Mac and Windows Support

Extegrity announced today that it is NOT planning to support either Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) or Windows 8.1 for Fall 2013 exams because Apple and Microsoft have not disclosed official release dates for their respective operating systems.  Therefore, students who plan to use their laptops for Fall 2013 exams should NOT upgrade to or buy a new laptop with either Mac OS 10.9 or Windows 8.1 until Extegrity announces Exam4 support for those operating systems.

Exam4 Support Ending for Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard)

Extegrity has announced that it will end support for Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) this summer, meaning it will not be supported beginning in Fall 2013.  Mac users who still have OS 10.5 must either upgrade to a supported operating system (10.6-10.8) or not use their computers for exams until they upgrade or replace their computer.