Students are not required to have a laptop computer when coming to Villanova Law; however, the majority of students use laptop computers to take notes in class, to access the Law School network and to take exams.
You may want to bring your wireless devices with you during Orientation. Technology Services will be available to assist you if you have problems connecting to the Villanova Law network.
You can access the internet wirelessly by connecting to the "VUMobile" network. Further instructions can be found here.
The Pharos printing system will enable you to print, scan, or fax documents. To use the Pharos system, you must:
If you have a problem with your computer or with email/printing/wireless setup/general questions, you can:
At Villanova Law, we use Blackboard as our online course management system. Professors use Blackboard to communicate with students outside of class by posting assignments, materials, and announcements. Keep in mind that each professor uses it differently. Listen to your professors regarding how they intend to use it.
You can log into Blackboard at http://elearning.villanova.edu
There is also an eLearning link near the top of the law school website
You should double check the email account registered with the Blackboard server to make sure any emails sent through the system will go to an account that you check daily. To check/change the email account Blackboard uses:
Blackboard questions should be directed to Richard Wack, Instructional Outreach Analyst
Exam4 by Extegrity is the software that Villanova Law School uses for students to be able to type their exam answers on their laptop computer.
All students have the option of using Exam4 or using pen and bluebook. About 95% of our students use Exam4. You must attend a training and installation session every semester that you plan to use Exam4. 1Ls will be trained on the software at the beginning of the semester. 2Ls, 3Ls, and any 1Ls who missed the first 1L session will be trained later in the semester. All sessions will be announced via email.
For updated textbook information for the coming semester, please check the Villanova Bookstore website
(Under Books > Textbooks and Course Materials, choose your department as LAW, then select your course number and section)