Law School Technology FAQs
Computer and Printing Resources on Campus
Does the Law School have a personal computer requirement?
No. However, if you are shopping for a new computer for use at the Law School, recommended system specs can be found below.
If you choose not to own or don't have access to a personal computer, William Gates Hall has public terminals in the Law Library, and the UW Seattle campus has a number of computing facilities and labs open to students.
What specifications does the Law School recommend for Windows-based laptops/tablets?
- Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (or better) (What about Windows 8?)
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon, or higher
- RAM: 4GB or higher
- Hard Disk: 300GB+, 7200RPM+
- Network (Ethernet) Adapter: 100Mb+
- DVD or CD burner
- 2 or more USB 2.0 ports
- 14-inch+ display
- 802.11 a/b/g compatible wireless network adapter (laptop systems)
- Active warranty coverage
What version of Windows should I use?
If you are a Windows user, Law School Technology Services' current computer recommendations (above) specify Windows 7.
What About Windows 8?
Law School Technology Services encourages Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 8.1.
Can I use a Mac laptop or iPad at the Law School?
Mac users should note this information about using a Mac laptop to take an exam. Additionally, a number of computer labs on the UW campus provide Macs for student use as well as increased support for Mac applications.
Can I use my Macintosh laptop to take an exam?
Yes. When using a computer on an exam, the Law School requires the use of Exam4, a program which blocks access to the network and your locally-stored files. See the Exam4 compatiblity list to be sure the program will run on your Mac.
Can the Law School loan me a laptop?
No, but all UW students are eligible to use the loaner equipment maintained by the University's STF Equipment Loan Program.
Can I receive financial aid to assist in purchasing a computer?
The Financial Aid Office may be able to offer you loan funds to assist toward the purchase of a computer,
provided the computer will be used for educational purposes. For more information, visit the
Office of Student Financial Aid website
and search on the word "computer" to locate the document on requesting consideration
for unusual expenses.
Does the Law School provide software to students?
No, but the University does. Software which is centrally provided to the UW community, including Sophos anti-virus software, can be found at the
Is Microsoft Office available to students at a discount?
Yes - Microsoft Office is available to current UW students through the following two University-level programs:
- Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for UW Students
The UW's participation in the Microsoft Student Advantage program entitles students to a subscription to Office365 ProPlus, which is a web-based version of Microsoft Office for PC, Mac, and iPad. See UW-IT's Office 365 ProPlus page for details.
- UW-Microsoft Campus Agreement
The following "full" versions of Microsoft Office are available through the University's participation in the Microsoft Campus Agreement (MCA), which is funded in part by the Student Tech Fee:
- Office 2011 for Mac
- Office Professional Plus 2010
- Office Professional Plus 2013
See UW-IT's Microsoft Campus Agreement page and Microsoft Campus Agreement FAQ for details.
How do I use email at the Law School?
The School of Law's email services are provided and maintained by UW-IT, whose website provides more information.
How do I configure my email program?
UW-IT's website offers configuration instructions for many commonly-used email programs.
What happens to my UW email account after I graduate?
Information about retaining access to your UW email account after graduation is provided on UW-IT's website.
My computer is running a version of Windows - how can I keep it secure?
You're strongly encouraged to:
- Install Sophos Anti-Virus, which is provided free to all currently enrolled UW students. NOTE: Before installing Sophos Anti-Virus on your computer, you will need to
first uninstall any antivirus software that may already be present on
- Run Windows Update and install all available security-related patches prior to your first use of the UW network.
What should I do if my computer has a virus?
Contact Law School Technology Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can guide you to the appropriate solution and/or campus resource.
How do I request a recording of my class?
Information about class recordings can be found here. The recording request form is linked at the upper right of the page.
How do I subscribe to podcasts?
To subscribe to podcasts using iTunes, follow these step-by-step instructions.
What is a UW NetID, and how do I get one?
Your UW NetID is your personal identification for using UW online resources. A UW NetID is required of everyone associated with the University of Washington who plans on using online central administrative programs and computing services. Your UW NetID ensures the privacy of your personal information and restricts the use of resources to those for whom they are intended.
Your UW NetID remains the same throughout your life, no matter what associations you have with the University of Washington.
Once your seat deposit has been processed, you may setup your UW NetID . To do so, visit https://uwnetid.washington.edu/newid/.You will need to enter your Star Private Access Code. If you don't know or remember this code, call the Registration Office at 206-543-8580 for assistance.
Additional information and support for your UW NetID is available here.
Does the University provide students with a way to store and share files?
Students have access to the centrally-managed UW Google Apps or U Drive services.
Additionally, information on creating a webpage within University-provided server space can be found here.
What is the School of Law's technical support policy for students?
Technology Services provides comprehensive support for the software and Law School-managed services which students use to fulfill their academic responsibilities. Additionally, we provide students with technical support for issues affecting the stability and security of resources used by the broader Law School and/or UW communities.
Technology Services is unable to perform hardware repairs on student-owned technology equipment. However, we can provide students with general advice and basic, high-level diagnoses for hardware-related problems, as guidance for contacting the equipment manufacturer or appropriate repair service.
How do I contact technical support?
Since different campus organizations maintain the technology in use at the Law School, refer to this document to determine who to contact.
How do I use the William Gates Hall wireless network?
For information about using the William Gates Hall wireless network, please see
What should I do if my access to the wireless network is blocked?
In some cases, UW-IT must block a compromised system from accessing the UW network in order to protect
other networked systems. For more information, please see
Computer and Printing Resources on Campus
Where are there computers available for law student use?
The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library (William Gates Hall floors L1 and L2) provides terminals in the student lounge in L113, as well as public computer terminals in the library commons area. There are also multiple computer labs on the UW Seattle campus.
What printing/copying/scanning resources are available to me?
Refer to the Student Printing page for details.
Where do I go for questions about my Husky card?
Please contact the Law School Building Coordinator at