Law Library Computing

Laptop Recommendations

It is important to note that Cumberland Law School does not require the purchase and use of personal desktop or notebook computers. This information is being provided to guide those of you who have already decided to make such a purchase. There are sufficient computer resources in the Law Library and throughout the campus to meet student demand.

If you are considering purchasing a computer, please consider purchasing an extended warranty.

Laptops

Law students may use PCs or Macs.

Law students at Cumberland School of Law use computers primarily for four things:

  • Word processing
  • E-mail & Internet access
  • Computer-assisted legal research (for example, using Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw services)
  • Computer-assisted legal instruction (for example, tutorials run from  a website)

None of these activities require a “super-computer”. Any basic computer that is three years old or less should be sufficient.  I usually suggest that students use computers with the following MINIMUM specifications:

Minimum requirements for Windows computers are:

  • 1.5Ghz or faster Processor
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 4 GB Memory
  • Wireless (802.11b/g) and/or Wired Ethernet
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Microsoft Office
  • Anti-Virus Software

Minimum requirements for Macintosh computers are:

  • 1.5Ghz or Faster Processor
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 4 GB Memory
  • Wireless (802.11b/g) and/or Wired Ethernet
  • Mac OS X 9.5 or later
  • Microsoft Office
  • Anti-Virus Software

Wireless

For those of you considering purchasing a laptop computer, you will be happy to learn that the Law Library is a wireless hotspot and has 144 networked carrels and 11 networked conference rooms, that allow users to connect to the Internet as well as to Samford’s local area network. Please refer to our floor maps for more information concerning the location of the network jacks (note: the purple desks on the maps and the yellow conference rooms are the networked areas).

Samford’s main library, Davis Library, is wireless as well.

WiFi Instructions

How to Forward Email

Log into your Samford email at http://bulldogmail.samford.edu

Click on the gear in the upper right corner and click on Mail Settings. Then click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Click on add a forwarding address. Enter the email address. You should then receive an email requiring you to authenticate the just entered email address for forwarding.

Select the button next to Forward a copy of incoming mail to and select the email address that will receive the forwarded emails.

Next, choose to keep, mark as read, archive, or delete the Samford email.

Click Save Changes.

The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction

In December of 1997, Cumberland School of Law became a member of CALI: The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction.

Objectives

According to the CALI website,the objectives of CALI are to:

  • Coordinate distribution and use of computerized instructional materials
  • Support authors in the development of new instructional programs
  • Sponsor research for advancing quality and effectiveness of exercises
  • Establish standards for hardware, software and courseware
  • Support and coordinate the sharing of information relating to computer applications in legal education and law
  • One way they do this is by distributing the CALI Lessons to member schools. These CALI lessons (which are written for the following Windows and Apple operating systems, consist of over 800 computer-assisted legal education tutorials).

To register for CALI, please contact Grace Simms for the authorization code.

Register Today