Laptop Information

Laptops, tablets, and smartphones can connect to the WCL network throughout the school via ethernet jacks in classrooms and the library, and wireless access points throughout the building.

Students are strongly encouraged to maintain current virus protection on their laptops. If at any point your laptop becomes infected with malware we can cut off network use while on campus. You will be notified via email if this occurs so please keep your computer clean of malware. If you do not currently have anti-virus software installed on your PC/Mac please visit the "Download Software" section of myau.american.edu under the Technology link to download a free copy of Symantec EndPoint Protection.

If you do believe your computer is infected with malware please see our Help Desk so they can assist you with the problem. If it's during a busy time you may need to schedule a time to either leave the device or come back.

Laptop Support Policy

WCL supports connections between laptop computers and the law school network. Within this framework, the Student Help Desk staff support a core set of hardware and software relating to network connectivity, printing, and exam software for computers meeting ALL of our requirements.

Please note: The WCL Student Help Desk staff does not provide support for non-supported applications, operating systems or hardware.

  • Recommended Hardware Vendor
    WCL IT recommends students purchase Dell or Apple laptops. See the Laptop purchasing section below for more information.

  • Supported Operating Systems (English Versions Only)
    Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X 6+. Windows Home edition is not recommended; Windows Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate editions are preferred.

  • Office Suites
    Students may use Microsoft Office, Pages, Libre Office, or other office suites and word processing software.

MyWCL is based on Microsoft Sharepoint technology. Some enhanced functionality is available in the Business and Professional editions of Microsoft Office, but not in the Student edition. This functionality includes integrated editing of documents within the site and version control. The Student edition, as well as other software, may still be used, however it is necessary to manually download and upload documents. Some student organizations will rely on MyWCL for document hosting and sharing.


Tablet/Smartphone Support

Wireless devices such as iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and Android phones, and Windows tablets and phones, may also connect to the wireless network. Most of these devices can connect to the secure "WCL" network using your AU username and password. Some devices, such as certain Kindles, will only work with the "wcl-guest" network, which requires opening a web browser to sign-in every time.

If you have trouble connecting your device to the wireless network, the student Help Desk staff will be able to assist you in connecting.

Wireless Configuration Instructions: http://www.wcl.american.edu/technology/wireless_setup.cfm


Laptop Purchasing

WCL encourages students to obtain a personal laptop computer as computer labs can become busy during peak hours. This is also needed if your professor requires Exam4 to be used for your exam since the alternative would be hand writing.

AU has negotiated special prices on certain computer configurations for personal purchase. Links to the vendor sites are available through the myau.american.edu portal on the "Technology" page under "General Links". In addition, the Campus Store on main campus sells standard Dell configurations for students to purchase.

WCL library does offer loaners if needed for the day. This is primarily intended for emergencies and not daily use or for exams. For additional information please visit: http://library.wcl.american.edu/loaner_laptop.cfm