Don’t Forget: Your Computer Needs to Prepare for Finals Too

By Jessica de Perio Wittman

It’s that time of year again: exam time. Did you miss the Exam4 download period (November 10 – 14)?  If you did, don’t worry ¾ it is not too late to download Exam4!

Simply go to https://www.exam4.com/org/602 and fill in the appropriate information to download and install the program.

For Mac users, Apple recently released its upgrade to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Exam4 is compatible with that operating system, so just make sure to check that option when you register your software.

After the program is installed, we strongly suggest that you take a practice exam. This process validates the software and ensures that there are no problems that could cause you a headache on exam day. Don’t worry though, this whole process should not take more than five minutes. For step-by-step directions, please visit: http://www.law.uconn.edu/portal/students/information-technology/law-school-exam-information/prepare-your-computer-exam.

If you have any concerns about the technical requirements of Exam4, they can be viewed at Exam4’s website at: http://www.exam4.com/userguide.

If you have successfully completed all of these steps you have done all you need to do to prepare your computer for finals.

Remember that you can always stop by the IT Help Desk for technical support before and during the exam period! The Help Desk is located on the second floor of the library. Students in need of accommodations should contact Jane Thierfield Brown at jane.brown@uconn.edu about laptop reservations.

Lastly, remember, you can find your exam schedule at any time by visiting: http://www.law.uconn.edu/academics/fall-2014-exam-schedule.pdf. Good luck with finals!

Library Reminder: Noise

With finals coming up, the library

would like to remind everyone:

Silence is best, quiet voices next.

UConn Law Technology Updates

Don’t Forget: Your Computer Needs to Prepare for Finals Too

By Jessica de Perio Wittman, Director for Information Technology

It’s that time of year again: exam time. In this article, the Information Technology Services Department is providing students with some quick technology reminders to ensure that your computer is just as prepared for finals as you are.

For most classes, students have the option to use their personal computers to take their exams. If you are thinking about taking your exam on your laptop, the first step you need to do is to install or reinstall Exam4 onto your computer. You can do this starting November 10th and must do so even if Exam4 is already on your computer. Simply go to https://www.exam4.com/org/602 and fill in the appropriate information to download and install the program.

After the program is installed, it is strongly suggested that students take a practice exam. This process validates the software and ensures that there are no problems that could cause students delay on exam day. Don’t worry: this whole process should not take more than ten minutes. For step-by-step directions, please visit: http://www.law.uconn.edu/portal/students/information-technology/law-school-exam-information/prepare-your-computer-exam. If you have any concerns about the technical requirements of Exam4, they can be viewed at Exam4’s website at: http://www.exam4.com/userguide.

If you have successfully completed all of these steps then you have done all you need to do to prepare your computer for finals. If you plan on using a school computer, make sure to reserve it in advance. Lastly, remember, you can find your exam schedule at any time by visiting: http://www.law.uconn.edu/academics/fall-2014-exam-schedule.pdf. Good luck with finals!

Tech Talk: Four Easy Steps to Successfully Scheduling Your Event

By: Jessica de Perio Wittman, Director for Information Technology

Confused about how to get your group’s event posted on the webse? Worried about setting up that guest speaker’s PowerPoint or Keynote presentation? Don’t worry, your Information Technology Services department is here to help you plan and make your event a success! Follow these 4 easy steps and you are on your way.

  • Read the Event Planning Guide and Secure a Room Reservation

The first step shouldn’t be the most difficult –read the Event Planning Guide online (http://www.law.uconn.edu/portal/students/student-life/events/event-planning) and secure your room reservation by filling out this form: https://law.mhsoftware.com/EditItem.html. Confirm your room reservation early!

  • Get Your Event Posted on the Website

Now let’s tell the world about your event! After securing your room reservation, simply fill in the information requested at http://law.uconn.edu/request-listing-law-school-events-calendar and we will give your event its very own listing on the Law School’s event calendar.

  • Set Up an RSVP

Need to know how many people to buy pizza for? Want to find out your guest list while simultaneously advertising your event? Set up an RSVP by filling out this form: https://www.law.uconn.edu/user/login?destination=/rsvp-request-form.

We can even have the results emailed directly to your student organization’s UConn email address. How cool is that?

  • Set Up an Appointment to Discuss Your Audiovisual Technology Needs

You are almost done! Are you bringing in a distinguished speaker or a panel? Or maybe you are showing a presentation in the Davis Courtroom? Want to record your event? The IT department can help!

Tell us what you want at http://law.uconn.edu/calendar/events/request-reservation-technology-event-class-or-meeting. We ask that you give us two weeks notice so that we can ensure equipment and staffing for your event. Don’t know what you need yet? Don’t worry! Contact the help desk and we can set up an appointment so that one of our staff can recommend technology for your event.

And just like that, you have set up all you need to prepare for and advertise your organization’s upcoming event! Still have questions? Just ask the Help Desk and we will be happy to answer them.

The Help Desk is open 7 days a week, and can be reached at (860) 570-5158 or by emailing law.helpdesk@uconn.edu.

Untangling the Web at UConn Law

Pro Se Staff

Between passwords for Peoplesoft, LexisNexis (Lexis), Westlaw, your NETID, and the 30 other alphanumeric sequences you have to remember for Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter, it might make it seem like the thrive of technology is more of a burden than
a convenience. That said, the internet is still probably the best thing for our generation, and there are tools that make lives a lot easier on the web, specifically the ones that are available at UConn Law. Lexis and Westlaw have formal training sessions and classes that go over the subtleties of research tools, but the newly-redesigned UConn Law website also offers a variety of resources that are right at your fingertips.

For example, the academics tab offers specific information on dual degree programs, certificate programs, and (the now-mandatory) clinic programs. Even though grade distributions are not readily available online, there is a lot of information on classes that can supplement your degree and offer insight into what courses make the most sense. The calendar offered in the same academic tab gives an advanced look on exam schedules, holidays, and deadlines for dropping classes.

For those law students who have it all figured out and know exactly what type of law they want to study, research guides that serve as “how-to” guides give information on how to stay connected with timely news for all areas from administrative law to trademark law to the ever-popular tax law. These resources can all be found under the research tab on the same main page. There are a variety of ways to get ahold of library staff via the website as well as several tools to help you find information and how to get books.

All in all, these areas are great, but we all know that what matters the most to a majority of us are exams and grades. There is an exam archive on the web- site that has a lot of former exams from UConn Law professors which, if nothing else, show the type of material you can expect. A UConn NETID login is required.

Check out the student portal for information on student organizations, graduation requirements, and much more. And most importantly – for breaking news and school updates, check out Pro Se Online at: https://uconnlawprosenews.wordpress.com/.

 

Library Corner: What’s New in the Stacks: New York Times Online at Your Fingertips

photo via law.uconn.edu

by Yan Hong
Insurance Law and Reference Librarian

Here is a piece of good news for the UConn Law students, faculty and staff:  The New York Times Online is now available! At your fingertips is the daily online newspaper and digital archive dating back to 1851. After registering, you may read the online newspaper using your computer, tablet, or mobile device.  (Note that access through apps is not currently available.  You must use your web browser on your tablet or mobile device.)

First, you need to register to create your own account by going to http://nytimes.com/grouppass Initial registration must be done on campus using your UConn email address, either from a wired computer or from a device on the wireless network. After this one-time registration, you may access the New York Times Online from anywhere by going to http://www.nytimes.com and logging in with your username and password.

At the time you register, you may sign up for free electronic newsletters, including “Today’s Headlines,” a daily update of top stories, and “Breaking News Alerts,” which sends the latest breaking news stories as they happen.

To search the New York Times Online, click SEARCH at the upper left side of the screen and enter your search terms. If you wish to search multiple words as a phrase, use quotation marks around your search.  Also, to retrieve better search results, use specific search terms and add additional keywords.  You may also limit by a variety of date ranges, such as the past 12 months.

If you have any questions or run into any problems while trying to register or login, please send an email to: eTrouble@law.uconn.edu detailing your issue.  You can also ask a reference librarian for help by calling 860-570-5068, by using our live chat service, or by simply stopping by the Reference Desk for assistance.  We are happy to help!

The End of Law Mail

by Martin Mack

The Pro Se previously reported in October 2013 that student law school emails were going to be phased out in the near future. That future date has almost arrived. Those students that are A) still actively using the law school email (the service, not simply the address), B) giving out the law school email and having it forwarded, C) forwarding email from Gmail (or any email service) to law school email,  D) overseeing a student organization, or E) members of clinics, you should read this article thoroughly.

A) Students Currently Using Law School Email 

Message via java.law.uconn.edu webpage

Message via java.law.uconn.edu webpage

If you still use your “firstname.lastname@students.law.uconn.edu” email address by logging into “https://java.law.uconn.edu”, you need to 1) take a break from the article and  save all of your old emails (by printing them out or forwarding them individually to your personal accounts), and 2) STOP giving out that address, it will no longer be supported as of February 7, 2014 (you do not want a potential employer to find your resume, fall in love with you and it, send you an email to setup an interview, and have them get a delivery failure message). Notice of this email’s end date was communicated to students as early as August 16, 2013, though the original end date of December 31, 2013 was postponed to give students adequate time to discontinue using it.

B) Students Giving Out the Law School Email (on Resumes or Otherwise)

First and foremost, change your resume. Many students like to use a law school email address on resumes, but these addresses have always had a short lifespan (3-4 years at most), and using a permanent address, through services like Gmail or Yahoo, will ensure employers will always be able to contact you.

Once you have updated your resume don’t forget to change all of the accounts that you have registered using your law school email address. As of January 29, 2013, 115 students were still using the law school email address as their Symplicity login. If you are one of those 115 students, go here now and update your account.

[2/10/14 Update: Patrick Butler of the UConn Law Library sent a follow up email on February 8th to all students regarding this article, reminding students to also update their Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and CALI accounts. The links to all but Bloomberg have been added here to help student. Bloomberg does not currently offer a way to change the account email address but have been contacted regarding the problem. Any updates will be published here when made available.]

C) Students Forwarding Other Email to Law School Email

Go to your UConn Gmail, your personal Gmail, your Yahoo mail, or whatever account you have and unforward that mail now. This is most important for UConn Gmail accounts as this forward will create an endless forwarding loop when law mail is phased out and emails are forwarded to the UConn Gmail account. Though there may be something poetic about the email clutter we all receive on a daily basis being trapped in some sort of mail purgatory, looping back and forth, endlessly and forever, I assure you this is a problem you need to avoid.

D) E-Board and Managing Members of Student Organizations

When last reporting on the law school emails, a plan for student organizations was not yet in place. Since then, UConn Law IT and UConn UITS have worked out a plan to have each email address individually forwarded to a @uconn.edu mailbox. Each organization can select a new Gmail-based email address that old emails will automatically forward to. For example, the Connecticut Law Review’s email address is currently “connlrev@law.uconn.edu.” That address will continue to work, but it will be accessible @uconn.edu, serviced by Google Apps for Education. The new address will be one that the Law Review can pick for themselves, as long as it complies with the university’s naming conventions. Organizations can contact the SBA (sba@students.law.uconn.edu) to submit requests.

E) Members of Clinics

Most clinic members are asked by clinic administrators not to use personal email accounts to conduct clinic business. These students were previously using the law school emails for all clinic communications. As these emails are now phased out, the clinics are switching to a new system in which students are assigned shared emails that the clinic staff have control over. Students in these clinics will receive a generic email address that can only be used during the semester. If you are participating in a clinic and do not know your assigned clinic mailbox address, contact the Help Desk with your student Gmail account at helpdesk@law.uconn.edu.

For any further questions regarding the email changes, contact the Help Desk here.