Because the modern study of law requires access to and interaction with a variety of electronic and internet-based materials, students are expected to bring their own technology for note-taking, class exercises, online research, examinations, etc. When making technology choices, students may wish to consider selecting computers from a published list of specially configured models that are used by Law School faculty and staff. These models are tested for compatibility with examination software and Law School IT services and are supported while under manufacturer’s warranty.
Student Technology Support
The Law School Help Desk (Help Desk) has the primary charge of supporting faculty and staff technology. It also provides support to those students who have the same hardware, operating systems, and warranties as faculty and staff. For those students who purchase different hardware, operating systems, and software, the Help Desk is, unfortunately, able to provide only minimal help and will typically need to refer students to other resources.
E-mail is the official means of communication at the Law School. Students are expected to check their Law School e-mail account frequently for course-related and other Law School communications.
University policy prohibits BYU patrons from sending unsolicited electronic messages with materially the same content to 19 or more recipients unless the action has been approved by an appropriate authority. Consistent with the guidelines in the University policy, the Law School has adopted the following rules concerning unsolicited electronic messages:
1. The Dean, or any law school employee or student expressly authorized by the Dean or his designee, may send unsolicited notices concerning law school business to the entire law school community, including faculty, students, staff and administrators.
2. Faculty members may send unsolicited notices relevant to courses to all members of any class they teach.
3. Any student organization recognized by the Law School may send unsolicited notices concerning its organization to the entire law school community by first sending the proposed e-mail to “Lawmailer.” Messages from the organization must contain the following information: a) the name of the individual sending the message, b) an accurate and valid return e-mail address of the individual or organization sending the message, c) the subject of the message, d) a list of the individuals or groups to whom the email is to be sent and e) the message text. The notice will be reviewed to insure it complies with these criteria and with the limitation on individual and commercial notices described below. If approved, the notice will be sent to the requested email group(s). Persons who do not want to receive messages from an organization may create a rule in Gmail to filter out any unwanted e-mail. For assistance, students may visit the HelpDesk website or call the HelpDesk directly at 2-3884.
4. Any other individual who wishes to send unsolicited notices to the entire law school student body must obtain prior approval from the Dean or his designee. Approval generally will not be given for information distributed primarily for individual or commercial purposes. To the extent approval is given to distribute information that a recipient might reasonably interpret as being commercial, the e-mail must also comply with the Commercial E-Mail Requirements detailed in the University Handbook.
5. The Student Bar Association will maintain a classified ad section on its webpage and will allow students, faculty, staff, and administration to post in that section of the webpage any information that is not illegal or a violation of the BYU Code of Honor. In order to post the information, the individual must provide the information in electronic form to the person designated by the SBA as the SBA webmaster.