Duquesne University School of Law

New Student Technology Guide

Information Technology Resources for Admitted/ Incoming Students

Equipment

LAPTOP

Though owning a laptop is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended. 99% of our current students have a laptop computer with a 50/50 split between Windows-based and Mac-based laptops. We recommend using whatever operating system you are most comfortable with. 

Recommended for new laptop purchases:

  • PC/Windows - Name brand (Dell, Samsung, Sony)- Windows 7 or 8.1, 250GB SSD (solid state hard drive), at least 4 GB RAM (memory)
  • Apple/Mac - At least a 13inch size screen (MacBook Pro or MacAir) with at least 128 SSD, at least 4 GB RAM. AppleCare 3-year warranty.
  • Note: CD/DVD Drives are generally no longer needed. Windows XP, Vista are not supported, nor is Mac OS 10.5 or earlier

 

Necessary Software

MICROSOFT OFFICE (OFFICE 365 SUITE)

As a member of the Duquesne University community, you are entitled to download and install 5 licenesed copies of the latest version of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.). You can also install Office 365 suite on your iPad or other mobile devices. 

Download and installation instructions can be found here: http://www.duq.edu/about/campus/computers-and-technology/downloads 

FILE BACKUP 

To prevent the loss of important papers, projects and research, you will want to have a file/document backup strategy. There are a number of free/inexpensive cloud-based products available that can automatically backup your documents:

 

CAMPUS COMPUTER STORE

As a Duquesne University student, you are eligible for discounted prices on a wide variety of computer equipment and accessories. The Store is located in the Student Union (right next to the Law School building) on the 2nd floor. www.duq.edu/computer-store

 

Resources

WIRELESS NETWORK

The entire Law School and campus is equipped with wireless internet access. Duquesne University's wireless network, DuqNet, requires you to authenticate with your MultiPass username/password.  Do not connect to DuqNet Guest - that network is for vendors and visitors. 

TAKING EXAMS ON A LAPTOP

If you own a laptop, you will be able to complete exams using our ExamSoft software (the same software used for the PA Bar Exam).

PUBLIC COMPUTERS

Over 50 public computers are available throughout the Law Library for your use. 

PRINTING

The Law Library provides access to a number of high-speed LaserJet printers, connected to the public computers. Students can print up to 3,000 pages per academic year at no cost and must authenticate with their MultiPass username/password. Additionally pages can be conditonally approved by contacting the IT Director. 

SCANNING & MULTIMEDIA

Document, photo scanners, image editing and OCR software can be found in the 2nd Floor and Print Room (117) of the Law Library.

POWER OUTLETS

Each classroom seat is equipped with an electrical outlet, as well as all study tables and carrels in the Law Library so you will be able to power/charge your laptop and/or other mobile devices.

 

Research Tools

CALI

CALI provides a collection of over 850 interactive, computer-based lessons covering over 45 legal education subject areas. The CALI Authorization Code can be found here (MultiPass username/password Required) 

 

Accounts 

Your Duquesne Account ("MultiPass")

To securely access a number of Duquesne University systems you must first set up your account username and password, also known as your MultiPass. To establish your account, go to www.duq.edu/multipass and select "Setup MultiPass" and follow the prompts to establish your account. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 412-396-4357. Note that your MultiPass password must be changed every 6 months.

Your Email Account

Your Duquesne email account is your primary means of communication between you and your advisors, instructors and classmates, as well as the official vehicle for the University to communicate with you regarding account and billing information. Your email address will be: username@duq.edu and instructions for setting up your smartphone, tablet or laptop for using your email account can be found here

 

Other Online Resources

DORI

DORI (Duquesne Online Resources & Information) is Duquesne University's online portal and your connection to a wealth of information, including news, course schedules and grades. You can access DORI at www.duq.edu/dori with your MultiPass username/password. 

BLACKBOARD 

Blackboard is used by faculty members as an online learning component for supplementing traditional classroom instruction. Your can access Blackboard at www.duq.edu/blackboard with your MultiPass username/password. 

SHAREPOINT

SharePoint is a web-based collaboration tool used by the School of Law for online forms, document-sharing and securely storing other information. A link to SharePoint can be found under the Quick Links section at the bottom of the School of Law website. 

 

Getting Help 

CTS HELP DESK (Problems with your MultiPass or Wireless access)

The CTS (Computer Technology Services) Department has a walk-in service desk on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. More information can be found at: 

www.duq.edu/cts

412-396-4357 or 1-888-355-8226

help@duq.edu