Frequently Asked Questions: Technical Skills

What type of computing skills do I need to participate in the LL.M. program?

LL.M. students are expected to be able to use a word processing program (either Microsoft Word or WordPerfect), e-mail, and a web browser. In addition, the many resources of the law library are online. Students should to be able to conduct computer-assisted searches of legal and non-legal databases (after receiving some orientation to the library services). Librarians are available to help students learn how to use the computerized resources.

Do I need to buy a computer in order to participate in the LL.M. program?

Not necessarily. In the law library, there is a computer lab with PCs available for use by law students and law faculty. In addition, students have 24-hour access to the law building using a card-key access system. For more details on computer resources, including information on buying a computer, visit the law library web site.

What research resources are available in the law library?

Our library is on four floors in the south wing of John K. Hulston Hall. Library services include reference and research assistance, computer-assisted searches of legal and non-legal databases, and legal research instruction. All law library operations, including acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, interlibrary loan, and serials control, are performed through the University’s integrated library system, called MERLIN. The library has a section devoted to dispute resolution materials. For full details on the law library, visit the web site.