The links on the left will help you explore and familiarize yourself with the Law School's computing environment and resources.
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
Many new computers ship with very poor default security, which can become hazardous when they are connected to the Internet. Before
you connect to the Internet for the first time, follow some basic steps
to increase the safety of your laptop.Create your uniqname and password
Your uniqname and UMICH password
identify, authorize, and authenticate you to access U-M computing services. Your uniqname is also part of your e-mail address.
After payment of your enrollment deposit you will receive a letter containing your One Time ID (OTID) and instructions to create
your uniqname and UMICH password. Upon creation of your uniqname and password, your computing account will be set up. To protect your account, change
your password frequently.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
- Face Book
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 online
. * required *
The LawIT 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 LawIT 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 LawIT student computing policies:
Pack your computer's warranty information.
Bring the warranty information for your laptop with you to Ann Arbor in case your laptop needs repairing. Some repair facilities may not fix computers without proof of a valid warranty.
Pack your system software CDs.
If your laptop purchase included them, bring the system software CDs with you to campus. If your computer gets seriously infected and all disinfecting methods fail, you may need to reformat the hard drive and re-install the Operating System and any other applications you installed.
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 online. * required *
If you haven't already done so, register your laptop online now.
Attend a laptop configuration session. * optional, but recommended *
The configuration sessions provide an opportunity for you to configure your laptop with LawIT staff available for assistance. However, if you would prefer to configure your laptop on your own, the links 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 helpdesks during regular office hours after Orientation.
Mac users: Bring your 3-pronged extension power cord to your session in case you need to plug in.
The laptop configuration sessions will consist of:
Laptop Configuration Session Schedule
- Wireless setup
- Antivirus software installation, if not already installed
- Laptop exam software installation
- Printer installation (Windows & Mac). If you need them, manual installation instructions are available for Windows (pdf) and Mac (pdf).
- Review Quick Information Sheet to learn location of computer labs, printers etc.
* for those unable to attend scheduled sessionStop Viruses and Worms
||132 Hutchins Hall
||Open Session * |
||0225 South Hall
||B & D|
||0225 South Hall
||A & C|
Before you connect to the Law School Wireless Network
(or any other wireless network on campus), make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date and you have the latest patches!Access your IFS home directory
Students receive 10 gigabytes of personal file storage space (called IFS
) as part of their Standard Computing Services
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 your IFS home directory, as well as storage media such as flash drives, to store your files. The Law School lab computers are configured to open a connection to your IFS home directory when you log in for convenient file saving.Obtain your Mcard (your student/computing ID)
Among other things, the Mcard
will allow you to access the 200 Hutchins Hall Student Lounge in the evenings and on weekends, when the lounge is available by "card-key access" only. The Mcard Center (936-2273) is located in the Student Activities Building.