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Incoming Students

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. 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
  • 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 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.


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.

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 web 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 LawIT 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 helpdesks during regular office hours after Orientation.

Visit the Orientation Web Site

                                Laptop Configuration Session Schedule
Date Location Time Section(s)
Mon 8/22/160225 South Hall9:00 - 9:50 a.m.E & F
   10:00 - 10:50 a.m.G & H
   11:00 - 11:50 a.m.I & J
   1:00 - 1:50 p.m.K & L
   2:00 - 2:50 p.m.M & N
   3:00 - 3:50 p.m.O & P
Tues 8/23/160225 South Hall9:00 - 10:30 a.m.LLM Students
Wed 8/24/160220 South Hall9:00 - 10:30 a.m.Open Session*
                           * for those unable to attend scheduled session

Stop viruses and malware.
Before you connect to any wireless network on campus, make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date and you have the latest security 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, Google Drive, M+Box, or 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 (H:\ drive).

Obtain your Mcard (your student/computing ID).
Among other things, the 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.