The Law Library has two labs on the third floor (Rooms 342 and 351). Lab 342 is also used occassionally as a training classroom. Lab 342 has ten Windows PCs and two iMacs, and Lab 351 has six Windows PCs and two iMacs. Both labs also have flatbed scanners with sheet feeders. There is a high-speed laser printer in lab 342 and another one across from the door to lab 351. Both printers use the university's Pay-For-Print system. The labs are open to currently enrolled GMU Law students only. Students must present a current GMU ID at the Law Library's Circulation desk in order to receive an access code to the labs.

Computer Labs - Frequently Asked Questions

Following are answers to some frequently-asked questions relating to the two computer labs located within the George Mason School of Law. Click on the question heading to see the related answer.

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What software is loaded in the computer labs?

Following is a list of the major software that is installed in the computer labs:

  • Adobe Reader
  • CALI Lessons
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office Professional 10
  • Quicktime
  • Roxio MyDVD
  • SSHClient
  • Symantec Norton Antivirus
  • Windows Media Player
  • WordPerfect Office X3

Other programs available as a part of the Windows operating system are not listed here in detail.

Are there any known problems with the computers in the labs?

No. If you notice any problems, please contact lawsupport@gmu.edu.

Can I install software for personal use?

No.

Can other software be loaded?

If there are software programs that are required to support curriculum needs for courses in the School of Law or other disciplines (mostly on the Alrington campus), it is possible that additional programs can be loaded. Before any title is considered, proper licensing must be verified. Contact lawsupport@gmu.edu with questions.

How does the pay-for-print system work?

At any individual computer workstation, the pay-for-print system works essentially like a normal printer. You simply issue a standard print command, and the print job can then be released from the print station, upon payment for the job. Jobs stay in the print queue for two hours and then they disappear forever. For more information, see Pay for Print.

Can I use the pay-for-print system from my laptop?

Yes. Please see the Law School Computing Support, Law Library 362. 

How do I save files or download documents?

The easiest way to save files and any documents you may download is to save them directly to a USB drive. The computers are set up to allow you to save files directly to these "removable media". If you want to save a file to the local computer, you need to save files to the "T" drive or the "S" drive. The computers reboot every night and documents saved on the "C" drive will be deleted. Please note that while we do provide ample storage space to temporarily store files on the local harddrive, we make no guarantees that these files will remain there for any length of time. If there are ever problems with a given system, one of the most common remedies is to simply re-image the system, which removes all all data stored on the local system.

It is no longer possible to save documents to the computer desktop, as this was causing some security and confidentiality issues.

Can I listen to music in the labs?

Each computer has a sound card in it, and you should be able to listen to music CDs from the CD-Rom drive. You can also listen to Internet news broadcasts and streaming audio/video using an available media player. You must supply your own headphones. Since this activity is not considered essential to any particular program, technical support for problems with sound files is very limited.

Why are some features of Windows unavailable?

Security software is installed on all computers in the labs, which limits some of the functions of the operating system. This has been done for reasons of stability and security. Functionality of things like Windows Explorer, "My Computer", Control Panel and the command prompt are either very limited or else they are completely unavailable.

Law School Computing has made every effort possible to balance security needs with ease-of-use for end-users. If there are productivity problems, let us know.

Who is eligible to use the labs?

Lab 342 and Lab 351 are both reserved for George Mason Law students only.

How do I gain access to the labs?

Both computer labs have code-activated locks on the doors, and codes are being issued on an individual basis for currently-enrolled law students. Codes can be obtained from the circulation desk in the law library. In order to obtain an access code, users must sign a Lab Access Agreement

Can I eat or drink in the lab?

No.

Food and drinks (even in protected containers) can not be consumed in the computer labs.

When and where are lab staff available to assist with problems?

Please see the Law School Computing Support, Law Library 362 or send an email message to: lawsupport@gmu.edu.