Whether you are a 1L, 2L or 3L, you have technology related housekeeping that must be done…soon!
Everyone should ensure that they have a current plan in place for active data backup on an hourly basis. Whether you use an external device, network storage, or some cloud based solution, there is no excuse for having a data disaster as the term’s end draws near. Keep in mind that there is free cloud storage available through your outlook.com (@law.wlu.edu) account.
3Ls—Bar Apps, Laptop Warranty Status
Bar Apps can be a real pain. While they are time-consuming and often a pain to print, they are essential documents that often have a hard deadline! Start your bar application early and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance. Don’t let this deadline sweat you at the last minute!
If you purchased a laptop with a three year warranty prior to entering law school, keep in mind that your warranty is about to expire. Stop by the helpdesk with any concerns about performance or hardware function. You can even make an appointment to have us run diagnostics on your machine in an effort to detect any emerging problems or put your mind at better ease as the summer approaches. Short-term loaner laptops are available at the circulation desk for you to use if needed.
2Ls—Summer Adventures Ahead, Exams Around the Corner
Uh, do I need to remind you not to prioritize these items in the order listed above?! Keep your machine’s operating system updates current on at least a weekly basis and go into each exam having printed a test page to your favorite printer. Also, have an active backup solution plan for your exam writing time if using a laptop. Bring traditional technology solutions along (pencil and paper) to use in the event of a catastrophic failure. If your backup solution was used, simply keep pounding away at the answers and return to your backup copy at the end to print it and attach to your exam.
During the summer, ensure that your antivirus software stays up to date, and pay close attention to emails from Law Technology…we don’t send many, but the few we do send will save you scads of time on return to school. We will NEVER ask you to verify password information or click on links in our emails to you.
1Ls—You Don’t Have to Be the Ant, But Don’t Be the Grasshopper Either!
You’ve made it (presumably) through a tough first year. Enjoy a well-deserved rest and some recreation, but don’t ignore the fact that an increasingly competitive job market faces you down the road. Find a way to do some self-directed learning over the summer on technology related topics that are salient to the practice of law. For example, E-discovery (and electronic document management in general) are considered by some folks as new areas of essential learning. With the increasing importance of technology in the practice of law, you can balance an easy pace for a relaxing summer with some weekly reading on relevant blogs and journal articles on the topic. If you need suggestions, contact me: email@example.com.
Have a Great Summer!