Computer resources and technology support.

BU Law’s Information Services & Technology (IS&T) office oversees support and administration of computer labs and their related peripherals (printers and scanners) and the design, configuration, and delivery of secure Ethernet and wireless networks. They provide personalized consulting and support and manage all aspects of the building’s networking framework. Through the implementation of VPN and wireless access points at BU Law, IS&T remains in the forefront at providing the most advanced Local Area Network systems on college campuses today.

BU Law’s Fineman & Pappas Libraries contain one of the largest law school research collections in the United States. Students have access to more than 650,000 volumes and microform equivalents, including federal and state primary materials, legal periodicals, and a collection of treatises.

Four computer labs house 75 Pentium-based computers that are connected to the Internet and to laser printers. A wireless network is available throughout the law school for students with laptops. All first-year students receive free email, LEXIS, and WESTLAW accounts.

Students at Boston University also have free access to a wide variety of computing resources through the University’s Information Services & Technology office.

Email configuration

All entering students will be able to establish an email account with the University and access the online resources available through the Student Link during the summer. We will be emailing information to set up your Early Access to email and online resources from the Information Services & Technology office. The email will give you the information necessary to setup your BU login name, Kerberos password and email account, and the Help Desk phone number at IS&T in case you experience any difficulties in setting up your account. The “Early Access” program allows you access to online services such as email, the Student Link, the Off-Campus Housing List, Financial Aid Entrance Interview, and Medical Insurance Waiver.

In order to establish an early access email account, you’ll need your BU ID number. It is important for security reasons that you do not lose this number. Federal regulations prohibit the release of this information over the phone.

Purchasing a computer

Students have their choice of using a Windows or Apple laptop.  BU Law uses ExamSoft academic examination software, which runs on both platforms (see requirements below). The majority of students choose to use a laptop for portability and convenience when writing exams.  Wireless network coverage is available in most locations on campus and throughout the LAW complex.

Students can purchase hardware (including a wireless network card) and software at educational prices through our university computer store.


If a student wishes to use the ExamSoft Program to take examinations, his or her laptop must have the following minimum specifications:

PC System Requirements:

  • CPU: 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or greater
  • RAM: 2 GB or greater
  • Hard Drive: 1 GB free space
  • Operating System: English-language versions ONLY of the following:
    Windows 7 (all versions) or
    Windows 8 (all versions)
    Windows 10 (all versions)
    Windows Vista (all versions)
  • Internet access required for SofTest installation, exam download and upload of answers. You must have your laptop configured for our (802.1x) wireless network prior to the start of exams. 
  • Display resolution must be 1024×768 or higher

Mac System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel-Based  – (MacBook/MacBook Pro/MacBook air) ONLY
  • RAM: 2 GB or greater
  • Hard Drive: 1 GB free space 
  • English language versions ONLY of the following:
    Mac OS X v.10.7-10.11 and macOS 10.12 only
  • Internet access for SofTest installation, exam download, and upload of answers. To upload your exam answers at the end of each exam you must have your laptop configured for the law school wireless network (802.1x) prior to the start of exams. 
  • It is not possible to take secure exams through a virtual operating system such as Bootcamp, Parallels or any other virtual operating system environment.