Getting Started at the Law School 

Preparations for First-Year Law School Orientation




SCU Network Resources

Important network resources (and terms) that all first-year law students should be familiar with and will use on a daily basis. Visit our Law Help Desk FAQ page on getting started at the Law School.

Santa Clara University Academic and Information Technology – also known as SCU IT, this group provides a wide range of network resources for the university and manages all aspects of SCU’s network infrastructure.

eCampus – This is the student administration portal where you can update and/or retrieve information on items like your Blind Grading ID, registration information, personal information, etc.

Student ID – This ID number assigned to you so that you can access eCampus, usually in the format of W00000123456, where 00000123456 is your student ID (also known as 11-digit access ID). You will also need your 11-digit ID for registering for Examsoft’s exam portal.

SCU Network ID – This your SCU Networking user account, i.e. your official SCU G-Suite email address minus the “” For example, the SCU Network ID for is ilaw

MySCU – This is the single sign-on portal to access SCU Google Suite Apps and Camino.

Camino (Canvas) – Santa Clara University’s Learning Management System where you can access course information, assignments, and class recordings.

SCU Google Suite Apps – Santa Clara University’s official suite of online products used to communicate and collaborate with the University community.

SCU WiFi – Santa Clara University’s wireless network provides authenticated users access to network resources and secured by SafeConnect.

Safe Connect – Wireless/Wired network security provided by and managed by Santa Clara University’s Information Technology and Information Security.

Campus Printing – Santa Clara University provides you with Smart Print, Smart Print Guest Printing, and Smart Print Mobile Printing for all your printing needs.


Minimum Laptop Computer Requirements for Law School

Operating System: Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS

Memory: 8GB (16GB recommended)

Hard Disk Storage: 256 GB or larger

Also, one should consider the following factors if you are considering purchasing a new laptop for Law School.  This is a general list, and not comprehensive by any means.


  • Laptops are not “one size fits all.”  Some students will want smaller laptops with longer battery life and less weight, while other students don’t mind carrying a slightly heavier but faster notebook computer. 

Performance/Screen Size

  • As mentioned above, smaller laptops are more portable but lack the screen real estate.  Bigger laptops may have larger screens, but have less battery life. The average screen size that most students prefer is around 13 to 14 inches. 

Battery life

  • The choice depends on your style of work. Modern laptops have an average battery life of at least 5 hours.

Support Warranties

  • When you purchase a laptop, we strongly recommend getting at least a 3 or 4 year warranty. We also suggest that you consider the “spill protection” warranties, which cover drops, spills, and other mishaps not normally covered under a standard warranty. Please note: the Law Help Desk is not authorized to re-install OS software, do any data recovery, hardware upgrades (storage, RAM), etc.   If you have any hardware issues with your notebook, then we will help you with any initial diagnostics and then refer you to your OEM vendor to seek technical help.

Educational Discounts


Other Online services

Library Research links

Law School Intranet Portal

Law Technology Help Desk Portal

SCU Computing Support


Minimum Computer Requirements for SCU Law School Exam Takers

Operating System: Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS

Memory: 8GB (16GB recommended)

Hard Disk Storage: 256 GB or larger (and at least 15% free space for OS and applications)

NOTE: As of 7/19/2017, California State Bar has lifted the ban on Apple Macbook Pro Touch Laptop computers for the July 2017 Cal Bar Exam and beyond.