Computer Recommendations and Requirements
Dickinson Law does not have a laptop requirement* and almost all devices are compatible with Penn State Wireless. If you are planning to purchase a new computer for law school, for peace of mind you should consider a full-coverage warranty (including accidental damage) for the full three years of law school (or possibly longer to cover your bar exams) if it is within your budget. There are more important things to worry about than a broken computer!
*Final Exams: Please note that if you would prefer to type your final exams, you should be aware that our current exam software, Exam4, does have minimum requirements. Only computers booting to Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Mac OSX 10.13.6 (High Sierra) and 10.14 (Mojave) are compatible with the current exam software when the first exam period of AY 19-20 occurs.
Please Note: iOS devices (iPads) and Chromebooks are NOT supported; however, these devices can still be used throughout the semester to take notes and draft assignments. You should also be aware that because typing an exam is not required, in the event your device is not supported, Dickinson Law IT does not maintain or provide loaner devices during the exam period and you will need to rent/borrow a computer or handwrite to take your exam.
- Software@Penn State has a number of software packages available to students for free (e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud) or at discounted rates. You will have access to these discounts close to the start of the fall semester.
- Dell, Apple, Lenovo, Best Buy and others offer discounts for students.
- Penn State students are also eligible for mobile discounts.
- Free and Unlimited cloud storage through Box and OneDrive
Three Sites to Know — Canvas, LionPATH, and Outlook (from the Penn State Technology Guide)
- Canvas: Your professors may post lessons, give quizzes, and collect assignments through Canvas. This course management systems help you keep assignments organized, communicate with professors and classmates, and keep track of your grades. You can also link Canvas to University email and calendaring systems to receive up-to-date message notifications.
- LionPATH is the student information system where you can view transcripts, access financial aid information, pay tuition bills, schedule courses, and much more.
- Outlook is Penn State's online email client where you’ll receive all emails sent to your Penn State email address. You can organize messages into mailboxes, add signatures, access directories, and more by signing in with your Penn State Access Account.
Managing Your Accounts
- Your Access Account
- Change your PSU Password and security questions
- Follow these instructions to forward your PSU email to an external address
Keeping Your Account Safe
- Stay Safe Online — Watch out for email hoaxes, phishing scams, virus attacks, and malware. Don’t respond to email requests for money or personal information, and be wary of links included in the body of messages. It never hurts to contact a company representative to check if an email is valid. You can find out more about staying safe online by visiting Penn State's Online Safety and Security website:
- Secure Penn State — Staying safe online and protecting personal and University information is an important part of being a Penn State student, faculty, or staff member. While the University has security measures in place to keep information safe, you can further protect your online privacy and data by using best practices and following some basic guidelines.
- Symantec Antivirus Download — Listed under Virus Detection/Spyware Tools.
To help protect yourself against viruses, download and install the free antivirus software, schedule it for automatic updates, and run a full scan on your computer at least once a week. User ID and Password are required. Be sure to use only one antivirus software per computer since multiple products could make the machine more—not less—vulnerable to attack.
- Stay Legal — Intellectual property laws and guidelines can be complex and difficult to navigate. For information on copyright awareness, visit Copyright and Legal Media at Penn State.