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Center for Law and Computers: 
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Computer Labs  Commonly Asked Questions


The Center for Law and Computers welcomes first time and returning students back to campus. We hope you had a great summer break! The CLC is here to help you in any way that we can. Please feel free to contact us for any technical and software support that we can provide. We welcome the chance to serve you this semester and hope that we can help make your experience at Chicago-Kent a most successful endeavor.

~The Center for Law and Computers Staff~

The CLC main office is in room 775 and our hours are: 
Monday - Thursday  8:30 AM - 6PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM

When you have a question or need help, please email us at HELPDESK. HELPDESK is your main link to computer support. When your message is received, one of our Customer Service staff members will respond to you at their earliest convenience. If your email is inaccessible, you can also reach us by dialing 6-5300 or stopping by room 775. 

E-Mail Stations 

The E-Mail stations located throughout the building are intended to allow students convenient and quick access to E-Mail and to the Record. Please be considerate to your fellow students when using these stations. If you want to compose many or long E-Mails, or browse the Internet at length, please use one of the computer labs in the library. Thank you for your cooperation.

As always, it is a good idea to update the virus protection software on your personal computer periodically to catch any new viruses that are out there. Since we have a site license to McAfee Virus scan, all students can install copies of this software onto their computers for free. (Thus, no excuse not to do it!) 

To install the latest version, go to Room 775 and borrow the MCAFEE version 4.0.34 software to install on your machine. There are a limited number of CD's available, thus there is a 24 hour loan period. After you install the latest version, you need to scan your machine for viruses. This is very important because the program does not automatically do this. To scan your machine, go to Start - Programs - Mcafee Virus Scan. The default is automatically set to scan Program files only, so make sure you select ALL Files, then click on scan now. The scan will take about 10 minutes, depending on how many files you have.

Online Student Directory
The Student Directory is now available online! You can see it at The Directory includes everyone that did not submit a privacy form to the Registrar. Also, it is currently only available within the building to protect your privacy.
You can also reach the Student Directory by going to Chicago Kent's Internal Web Page and choosing Student Directory under Administrative Resources.

Printing on KENTNET


The principle printers in the KENTNET system are Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 8000N Printers. There is one printer in each lab, which is set up as the default printer when you sign on in that lab.

How to Use the Printers From your application (for instance, WordPerfect), choose PRINT. Once you have sent a job to the printer, you can release it at the print queue station next to the printer. 

  1. Press F1 for the Queue Manager. 
  2. Select your Print Job using the Arrow Keys. 
  3. Press H to release the Job. 
  4. Press Esc to Return to the Queue Screen. 
Individual Student Printing Accounts

Each student receives 400 pages of printing per semester. Any printing past 400 pages will be charged to your student printing account at 5¢ per page. You must settle your student account with the BURSAR'S OFFICE before receiving your 400 page allotment for the following semester. Students with outstanding balances will have their Kentnet accounts deactivated until the balance is paid. You may ONLY view your page balance through the KENTNET menu at STUDENT SERVICES | CENTER FOR LAW AND COMPUTERS | PRINTER ACCOUNT BALANCE. The balance on the print server next to the printer is NOT your accurate balance. 

If you have printed work for a faculty member, print out a detailed balance and have the faculty member sign for their pages. Present the signed balance sheet to the HELPDESK in the Center for Law and Computers (Room 775). Your print account will be credited accordingly.

LEXIS-NEXIS, WESTLAW, and eLOISe printing are automatically directed to the Document Center printer. Payment for Document Center printouts is required when you pick them up. Graduating students with a delinquent printing balance will NOT receive their diplomas until the accounts are paid in full. Please report any problems with printers or printing by E-mail to HELPDESK. 

FYI: Network Maintenance

Regular general maintenance of the network is necessary to ensure greater performance, both in terms of speed and the prevention of any serious problems. To achieve these goals, the Center for Law and Computers will periodically take down the network to perform this maintenance. We've scheduled the maintenance on a monthly basis, for only 1.5 hours on days and at times to inconvenience the least amount of users. 

Here are the dates that we will be taking the network down. On these days, the network will not be available between 5:30am and 7:00am.

Tuesday September 7, 1999 

Tuesday October 5, 1999 

Tuesday November 2, 1999 

Electronic Casebook Availability

If your class has an electronic text, you will be notified by email as soon as it is available. Here are the classes with electronic texts: 

  • Brill's Torts
  • Chapman's Torts 
  • Rudstein's Criminal Law 
  • Sowle's Criminal Law 
  • Spak's Commercial Law: Survey 
  • Staudt's Internet Law 
  • Wright's Torts 
The email will include specific instructions how to download and install the texts. Each of these texts requires you to purchase the printed versions of the materials as well (the electronic texts are available at no cost) so you will have to prove purchase of the printed text in order to gain access to the electronic text. The specific procedure will be detailed in the email letting you know your texts are ready.

Student Workers Needed

Help develop Chicago-Kentís new Distance Learning Program!

Donít miss this exciting opportunity to help shape the future of distance learning at Chicago-Kent! Learn to master the latest WEB authorizing and educational software and show off your legal writing skills. Use your design skills to enhance the Distance Learning presence on the Web. This is your chance to find out what happens behind the scenes of distance learning - from hardware to software!

Take advantage of this opportunity to work closely with faculty leadership in distance learning and support vital programs such as the Justice Web Collaboratory. The JWC - founded by The National Center for State Courts and Chicago-Kent College of Law - was designed to provide a tool for communication and learning exclusively for U.S. judges and to establish a legal system resource center to be used by the public.

Attention Creative Thinkers and Visionaries:
To apply, please forward your resume to Todd Pedwell, Education Application Development Specialist, at or give him a call at 6-5328.

Computer Labs

There are three computer labs in the school: one on the ninth floor of the library and two on the seventh floor inside the library. All of the labs feature Pentium-based machines running Windows 98. We have DOS, Windows 3.1 and Windows 98 programs running on our network. In addition, there are E-mail stations located throughout the building. 

You may use any computer in any area of the building. From time to time, the law school schedules classes or exams in the labs. At those times, a sign will be posted on the door of the lab. If you have any problems getting onto KENTNET from any computer, call the CLC at extension 6-5300 from any black house phone. House phones are located between the public telephones on every floor. 

Lab 900 is on the ninth floor of the library at the west end of the building and has 12 computers. Turn left when you enter the library through the ninth floor entrance. The printer for the ninth floor lab is in Room 986, in the corner of the area. 

Lab 700, the large, glass-walled room on the seventh floor of the library, is the largest lab, with 30 computers. This lab is sometimes used for larger research classes and it is always used for exams. LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW representatives conduct office hours in Lab 700. The schedule of their office hours will be posted weekly in the Record. They can help you with online research questions. 

Lab 760, also on the seventh floor of the library, is equipped with 20 IBM?compatible Pentium computers. It is often used for research classes. 

Security and Proper Shutdown of Lab Computers

In order to secure your login name and password, it is important to log out completely so that the next individual who sits at that lab computer is prompted at the Novell login screen to enter their own login name and password. To shutdown properly, prior to leaving any of the computer labs, logout and close all programs utilized, click START (located on tool bar in the bottom left corner of the screen) SHUTDOWN | RESTART. 

 Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions of the CLC:

  1. What is the website address to check my email outside of the school? 
  2. What is the website address to get my grades? 
  3. What do I do if I can't find my pin number, or if my pin number is not working? 
  4. How can I check my printing balance? 
    • To check student balance within the LAW SCHOOL on Windows 95/98 computers: i.e. email stations, and lab computers: 

    • From the Kentnet Menu select STUDENT SERVICES 
      Then select STUDENT PRINTING and the "current semester". This will pull up your individual account. 
  5. How can I get a credit on my account for printing problems? 
    • If you experienced a problem printing due to a network, computer or printer error, please send an email to HELPDESK and include the date, time, lab, number of pages, and cause of problem.  (User error does not constitute reason for credit.)  Please keep th epages in question (especially if it was due to low toner);  you may be asked to present them as proof. 
  6. Some of the printing is for a Professor, for Moot Court Competition, for a student organization, etc. Can I get a credit to my account for these pages? 
    • Yes. This is the procedure to follow: 

    • 1) print a copy of your most current printing account, (See above question: How can I check my printing balance?) 
      2) circle or hi-light and total the # of pages of the jobs that pertain to work performed for the organization, professor, moot court competition, etc. 
      3) obtain advisor, professor, etc. signature and account # to be charged, 
      4) bring the signed printout to Michael Bentkover in Room 709. Those pages will be deducted from your account. 

       The remaining balance is the responsibility of the student who has two weeks into the following semester to pay off the balance. Each student with a balance will receive an email stating a specified date and time that payment in full must be received. If payment is not received by the specified date, network rights will be terminated until full payment is received. 

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