Student Computer Lab
USB Flash Drive (aka jump drive, keychain drive, and thumb drive)USB flash drives are compact USB flash memory drives that act like a portable hard drive, letting you store and transport computer data. They hold large amounts of information and are small enough -- about the size of a pack of gum -- to slip easily into your pocket or on your keychain.
Flash drives are easy to use: The USB connector allows the drive to be connected to most PC and Macintosh operating systems and it provides the power to read and write data to the drive. The lab computers can read data from most brands of flash drive without needing any special drivers. Just plug your USB flash drive into the USB port of the computer.
IFS (Institutional File System)All U-M students receive 10 gigabytes of online file storage space (IFS) with their Basic Computing Package (BCP). IFS space is backed up and is automatically mounted on the lab computer desktops for you when you log in to a Law School or a Sites PC or Macintosh. To use, the default save location of most Law School computer lab applications is your IFS space. Alternately you can drag the file onto the IFS icon and your file will be copied over to your IFS space. A nice feature of your IFS space is the ability to create a directory, your_home_directory/Public/html, and have it be accessible via the web with the URL http://www.umich.edu/~your_uniqname.CD-RW (Compact Disc-ReWritable)The price for this format has dropped significantly enough to make this a viable flash drive alternative, with the added advantage that you
can erase data and reuse it (though not as easily and conveniently as with the flash drive). The lab computers can read and burn CD-RWs.
DVD-R (DVD-Recordable)With its tremendous storage capacity, the DVD-R format allows a user to "burn" large amounts of data to a DVD disc once. The lab computers can read DVD-Rs.
Operating Systems (OS)
Network AccessWirelessThe Law School is 100% wireless network capable.
PrintingEvery semester JDs, LLMs, and Research Scholars get up to
800 pages of black and white (b&w) laser printing on Law School student printers at no cost (the Lexis and Sites printers are NOT Law School-owned printers). SJDs get 1200 pages. Additional b&w pages are charged at 3 cents per page. Unused pages are
not rolled over to the next semester. The Law School
Printing Policy has detailed information about printing at the Law School. You may track your Law School printing usage via the Law School
Print Monitor.Printers in the Lab
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