March 14, 2005
“Tech-Savvy” Schools: UO Law Places 4th in National Jurist poll
The January 2005 edition of National Jurist, a magazine for law students, rated the University of Oregon fourth in its rankings of “tech-savvy” law schools.
The UO — along with Duke, the University of Illinois and Nova Southeastern University — scored 100% using four measurements: availability of a wireless network, required laptops, computer exam option and technological courtroom capabilities.
“It’s great to receive national recognition for our outstanding technology infrastructure, but what makes us unique is the level of support we offer our students, faculty and staff,” says Dennis Bishop, director of information and technology. “Ultimately, offering the latest technology is fruitless unless you support it with knowledgable people who care.”
According to the National Jurist, all of the schools on this year’s list are “setting the pace in taking educational and communications technology as far as they can to help law students get a well-rounded education. . . the reality of law school technology today is not wired, but wireless.”
The William W. Knight Law Center technology team operates a full-service help desk for students, and supports a suite of productivity and research software on PC and Mac platforms.
The school offers wireless connectivity access throughout the Knight Law Center, including the library, the Wayne Morse Commons, the courtyard and the Court Cafe.
For students who want faster access to the Internet, more than 1,400 “fast Ethernet” jacks allow for 100-megabit connections throughout the building.
Classroom technologies include video projectors, full Internet access, cable TV access, touch screen controller systems, and wireless microphones and phonic ear transmitters for the hearing impaired.
UO School of Law technology pages
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