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The UNC School of Law, like many of its peers, uses secure software for the administration of exams. The software we use runs natively on both Windows and Apple operating systems and is covered by student fees. The software is required for students who choose to type their exam answers, with a few exceptions based on exam type and individual faculty needs. Most faculty greatly prefer that students use it instead of writing longhand.

Although the law school does not have a laptop requirement for students, all laptops must meet the following criteria in order to run the exam software.

If you are using a Windows laptop:

  • You must be running Windows 10, 8 or 7. Older versions are no longer supported.
  • You may NOT use any Windows emulation software, including VMWare, VirtualBox, etc., in combination with the exam software. Doing so is a violation of the honor code.
  • Netbooks typically will work fine as long as they are running one of the Windows versions noted above. Surface tablets are NOT supported at this time.

If you are using an Apple Device:

  • You must be using an Apple MacBook, MB Pro, or MB Air (i.e., an Intel-based Apple laptop) running OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or 10.7 (Lion). All previous versions are no longer supported.
  • You may NOT use any Windows emulation software, including Parallels Desktop, VMWare, VirtualBox, etc., in combination with the exam software. Doing so is a violation of the honor code.

For all users:

  • You must have an AC power adapter. Because School of Law exams can last longer than the life of a battery, you are required to plug in your laptop during exam taking. All classrooms have electrical outlets for this purpose.
  • The laptop should be your own. The School of Law IT department does have a limited number of loaner laptops available for student use on a first come, first served basis.
  • Your laptop must be registered for the eduroam wireless zone. UNC-Guest will not work, and eduroam is preferred over UNC-PSK. Further instructions are available from law school IT or via help.unc.edu.
  • You must disable any anti-spyware or firewall programs (e.g. ZoneAlarm, McAfee Total Protection, Kaspersky) you may have running on your computer before launching the exam software.
  • Closing all other applications and software that may be running is always a good idea before starting an exam.

The links to download the software are distributed each fall semester through an announcement on My Carolina Law and the daily "Today at Carolina Law" email.

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