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Information Technology Resources

Computer Lab

A computer lab reserved for law student use is located in room 290D of the Law Library. The lab provides access to high-speed laser printers and supports word processing, computer-assisted legal research, Internet access, and other functions. Non-law students may use computers located in other areas of the Law Library for research purposes.

Ethernet and Wireless Access

Wireless access is available in the Law Library and most classrooms. The Law Library has 14 Ethernet ports for use with laptops. 

Kenneth C. Chessick Technology Skills Center

The Chessick Center incorporates a high-tech Moot Courtroom and Smart Classroom, as well as a deposition room. The Center introduces students to technology being utilized in the courtroom. The Chessick Center courtroom is flexible in its format so that it can be used for different courtroom scenarios, including mediation and hearings; it can accommodate up to sixteen students for trial advocacy exercises. The Smart Classroom seats a maximum of fifty students at movable tables that are equipped with power and wireless Internet connection capabilities. It supports real-time distance learning and provides a space for practicing and viewing mediations and depositions.

Online Course Components

Several NIU Law faculty use online courses to compliment classroom meetings.  Faculty may design their own course Web sites or use sites created through Blackboard, Lexis-Nexis Web Courses, or The West Educational Network (TWEN):

  • Blackboard is a University-supported, Web-based course management system that students and faculty can use to access course data any time, anywhere via the Internet. Students enrolled in a face-to-face class are automatically enrolled in the Blackboard course component if one exists for that class. Student instructions for using Blackboard are available from NIU DoIT. Law students and faculty may also contact the Law Library or the DoIT helpdesk for assistance.
  • Lexis-Nexis Web Courses require a Lexis-Nexis ID to access a course.  For assistance in using Lexis-Nexis Web Courses, students and faculty may contact the Law Library or one of their Lexis representatives.
  • TWEN courses require a Westlaw ID to access a course.  For assistance in using TWEN, students and faculty may contact the Law Library or one of their Westlaw representatives.

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