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Incoming Students

Read this page to see tasks you can accomplish, both before and after your arrival at the Law School, to smooth your transition and prepare you to get electronically connected quickly.

To Do Before You Arrive

To Do After You Arrive

Before You Arrive

Obtain a laptop computer. *

Use our recommended laptop specifications as a guide.

* Note: Students considering eventually joining one of the student law journals should be advised that a Windows-based laptop will be more compatible with the software and processes used by the journals.

Secure your laptop.

Follow some basic steps to increase the safety of your laptop.

Set up your uniqname and account.

You will use your uniqname and UMICH password to log in to U-M computing and online services. Your uniqname is also part of your U-M email address.

After payment of your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email from the university inviting you to set up your uniqname and account. See Set Up Your Uniqname and Account for details. See Protect Yourself to learn how to secure your data and devices.

Permit the Law School use of your U-M photograph.

The Law School uses student photographs for the following Law School purposes:

  • Seating charts
  • Library identification
  • Official student record
  • Photo Directory
  • Yearbook

If you haven't already authorized the Law School to use your photograph, please do so by submitting a Photo Consent Form.

Register your laptop. * required *

The Law School Information Technology department's goal is to have your laptop configured and connected wirelessly on your first day! You can facilitate this process by registering your laptop online now.

Review the Law School Information Technology and ITS Web sites.

Familiarize yourself with the computing resources and services available to you as a Law School and U-M student. This is a good time to review the Law School Information Technology student computing policies:

After You Arrive

Attend to the following so that you can get started using the computing resources and services available at the Law School and on campus.

Register your laptop.

If you haven't already done so, register your laptop with the Law School now.

Upload an audio recording of your name.

The Law School’s professors, administrators and staff members want to know how to pronounce your name correctly – and your classmates do, too. So please take a moment to use this page to upload a recording of your name. The recording will be made available to all MLaw community members in the password-protected Photo Directory and to professors in electronic versions of classroom seating charts. To be clear, you are not required to upload a recording of your name . . . but we hope you will!

Attend a laptop configuration session. * optional, but recommended *

The configuration sessions provide an opportunity for you to configure your laptop with Law School Information Technology staff available for assistance.  However, if you would prefer to configure your laptop on your own, the link below will guide you through the process.  If you have any questions or run into any problems configuring your laptop, you are welcome to attend an open session or stop by one of the help desks during regular office hours after orientation.

Laptop Configuration Session Schedule 
Date Location Time Section(s)
  All sessions are yet to be determined.

Stop viruses and malware.

As soon as you connect to any wireless network on campus, make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date and you have the latest security patches!

Review University provided cloud storage.

Students are not permitted to save or store files on the Law School lab computers because those computers are restored to their original state every time the machine reboots; any files saved on those computers will be deleted and will be unrecoverable. It is important, therefore, that you use another source for storage, such as

Obtain your Mcard (your student/computing ID).

Among other things, your Mcard will allow you access to various areas of the Law School after normal business hours. The Mcard Center (936-2273) is located in the Student Activities Building.