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Computing Guide: Home

A guide to computing at Berkeley Law.

Getting Help

Our computer lab (LL131 in the law library) is staffed by our student labtechs, who can provide you with answers to general and technical questions.

You can also chat with or email IT staff at studentcomputing@law.berkeley.edu for help with any of your computing issues.

The campus knowledge base can also be useful for additional instructions and information - use the search function to find relevant articles.

Laptop Lending on Campus

During the COVID-19 pandemic, campus created the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP) for the long-term lending of laptops and other equipment to students. The program is still active for the 2022-2023 academic year. The STEP program generally makes lending decisions based on proof of financial need. Details and the application form can be found at this link - Student Computing has no access to or knowledge of STEP program policies and procedures.

Other laptop/device lending programs and information on campus can also be found at this link. The main campus library system does offer a number of loaner laptops for students to check out - we recommend visiting Moffitt to obtain one. The law library and law school do not offer any loaner laptops to our students.

Student Computing

Computing services offered to Berkeley Law students include a computer lab exclusively for law students, email accounts, computer hardware and software tips/recommendations, training on using library-based electronic resources, and software support as well as referrals to sources of help on issues that exceed our level of support.

If you are not a student at Berkeley Law, please see our section on public computing for visitors.

Welcome, New Berkeley Law Students!

New Fall 2022 students were shown an orientation presentation about Berkeley Law library and student computing resources. The slides from your orientation presentation are also available here (link requires you to be logged into your Berkeley account). All of the computing topics and links covered during the orientation presentation are also available within the pages of this online computing guide.

We have made PDF versions of our Printing handout and Wireless handout available for easy reference. The same information is also available within this computing guide in the printing and wireless sections.

If you have any technical support questions, please do not hesitate to reach out by emailing us, or chatting with us during business hours! If you have more general library inquiries, consult the law library's Contact Us page to find the best way of getting assistance.

About the Computer Lab

Berkeley Law's computer lab is located in Room LL131 in the law library. There are approximately 15 Macs and Windows PCs in the lab.

The PCs run Windows 10 and the Macs run OS X 10.15. A number of lab computers have CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs and a few are set up with CD-RW/DVD-RW capability. USB ports are available on the front of most computers or on the side of their monitors to accommodate USB drives and devices.

The lab has access to multiple high-speed HP LaserJet printers, and you can find out more about lab printing under the Printing tab. The lab also has a number of "ScannX" and "KIC" scanning systems, easy-to-use touchscreen scanning stations that can scan books and documents to e-mail, a USB drive, a printer, or Google Drive.

Use of the computer lab is reserved for enrolled law students only. Other UCB students and the general public may use the computers in the public areas of the library for research purposes. Printing and scanning services from these public computers are available through the Cal1Card guest card system for a fee.

Lab Policies

Absolutely NO FOOD OR DRINK is allowed in ANY of the computer lab or printing/scanning spaces. If you bring food and drink into the lab, we will have to ask you to take it away.

We must revoke your Lab Privileges if you:

  • Allow another person to use your account and password
  • Attempt to reconfigure the operating system of any lab computers
  • Use abusive language, sexually harrass, or engage in physical contact with any staff or person using the labs
  • Steal any hardware or peripherals from the workstations

Access for Students with Disabilities
It is the policy of the Berkeley Law Library to provide equal access to library resources and services for all of our primary patrons. Berkeley Law students with disabilities should contact studentcomputing@law.berkeley.edu for information about services available at the Law School and to arrange for any accommodations necessary to use computing resources.

Help & Support

Email computing staff at studentcomputing@law.berkeley.edu.

Chat with computing staff HERE during remote support hours.

Walk-in support available in the LL131 computer lab (labtechs).

Lab Hours

The computer lab is open (to Berkeley Law students only) whenever the Law Library is open (but not during the Main Reading Room-only hours). Please consult our hours here or reach out to us through email or chat for technical assistance.