School of Law Technology FAQs

Personal Computers


Technical Support


University-Provided Resources


Computer and Printing Resources on Campus

Other Questions

Personal Computers

Does the School of Law have a personal computer requirement?

No, there is no personal computer requirement.

If you do not own or don't have access to a personal computer, the UW Seattle campus has a number of technology spaces open to students.

What computer or laptop does the School of Law recommend?

We recommend devices that support the latest versions of Windows 10 or macOS, with active warranty coverage. Your device should also meet the minimum system requirements for running ExamSoft's Examplify software, the exam taking application used by many School of Law classes. See Examplify: Minimum System Requirements for more information.

Can the School of Law loan me a laptop?

Yes! UW Law Library has a self-serve laptop checkout kiosk available to law students. Please see the library's Student Services - Library Equipment page for more details or ask about it at the library's Information Desk.

Also, all UW students are eligible to use the loaner equipment maintained by the University's STF Equipment Loan Program. There are also limited-use laptops available to law students in the Law Library.

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.

Does the School of Law provide software to students?

No, but the University does. Software which is centrally provided to the UW community, including Microsoft Office, Sophos anti-virus, and others, can be found at the UWARE website.

Is Microsoft Office available to students at a discount?

Yes - Microsoft Office is available to current UW students at no additional cost. See the UWare site page on Microsoft Software.


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.

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.

Technical Support

What is the School of Law's technical support policy for students?

Law IT provides support for the software and Law School-provided equipment and 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.

Law IT is unable to provide service for personally owned student devices. For this sort of support, please see the UW provided Computer Vet service

How do I contact technical support?

You can reach Law IT at or 206-543-6457. If you are having a problem with a UW-provided technology resource, such as your UW NetID (forgotten password, for example), UW email, etc., contact UW-IT at or 206-221-5000.


How can I keep my computer secure?

You're strongly encouraged to:
  1. 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 your system.
  2. Keep you computer's operating system updated with the latest security-related patches.
  3. DO NOT leave your laptop unattended anywhere in the building. A high number of laptop thefts occur on campus, especially in libraries.

What should I do if my computer has a virus?

You can bring your computer to the UW Computer Vet service on campus for help.

University-Provided Resources

What IT services does the UW provide?

Please see the UW ITConnect Student Quick-Start Guide.

What is a UW NetID, and how do I get one?

Your personal UW NetID (and its password) provides access to many UW online services including MyUW and UW Email. Your UW NetID verifies who you are, ensures the privacy of your personal information, and restricts the use of UW resources to authorized users.

Additional information and support for your UW NetID is available UW ITConnect.

Does the University provide students with a way to store and share files?

Students have access to several storages services, including UW OneDrive for Business, UW Google Drive, or UW provided U Drive services.

Additionally, information on creating a website within University-provided server space can be found on the UW ITConnect Web publishing page.


How do I use the UW Wi-Fi network?

For information about using the UW Wi-Fi network, please see the UW ITConnect Wi-Fi page.

What should I do if my access to the Wi-Fi network is blocked?

In some cases, UW-IT may block a compromised system from accessing the UW network in order to protect other networked systems. If you suspect this has happened, visit the UW-IT Disabled Network Service page first for instructions. If you need additional help, please contact UW-IT at or 206-221-5000.

Computer and Printing Resources on Campus

Are there computers available for law student use?

The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library (William Gates Hall floors L1 and L2) provides a limited number of research terminals for law student use. There are also several technology spaces around the UW Seattle campus.

Other Questions

Where do I go for questions about my Husky card?

Please contact the Law School Building Coordinator at

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