General Information

Laptop Requirement Fall 2020

WMU Cooley Law School will begin requiring all of our students to have access to a laptop computer beginning in the Michaelmas (September) 2020 semester.

This requirement will ensure continued remote access to your WMU-Cooley email, the portal, Canvas and other important resources. It will also allow further innovation by our faculty in the way they assess and interact with you, both remotely and when we return to the classroom.

Please find the minimum specifications for a laptop computer here. These are particularly important to ensure access to our exam platforms and Webex. For those who already own a laptop, please make sure that your machine meets these minimum specifications. Verify the specifications for your current laptop with the help of this document:

Free Resources

Do You Need Microsoft Office for Word Processing?

Utilize the features of Office 365 (Office 2016) - register with your Cooley account.

Note: Your Cooley email will become your "Microsoft Account". The password for the Microsoft account will be the same as your Cooley network/Portal password.

Use MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Use OneDrive for file storage and file sharing.

Google Apps for Education

Your Cooley account is a Google Apps for Education account that also gives you access to many different tools. - Here you will find introductory information to many of the features, but be aware that not all the features mentioned will be available through your account. Check out Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms.

Use Google Drive to back up all your important documents. Your Cooley account comes with unlimited storage for mail as well as documents.

Google Drive File Stream is a desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer without losing precious hard drive space. More info here.

Anti-Virus Software from Sophos for PC and MAC:

Sophos Home is FREE antivirus software that works on both Macs and PCs. It’s simple to install and use, offers great performance, and protects computers against malware, viruses, ransomware, and other cyber-threats. Download Sophos using this link: Sophos.

Wireless Printing

Printing over the wireless network is fast and easy. Go to while on campus and use your Cooley username and password to login and submit your print job.

You will be guided through the process of uploading your documents to print.

You have an initial balance of 500 sheets (the equivalent of $40.00) available per term. When that is used up, you can add money to your print account at (menu on the left).

Each campus has several printers where you can release your print jobs, including the computer lab. To provide security for your print jobs, the print release station will hold your print job until you enter your username and password to release it.

Laptop Exams

Are you planning on writing your exams with your laptop? We use a special exam software, Exam4. You will need to purchase, download and install each term!

More information will become available in the Cooley Portal prior to exams.

You can use your Mac laptop and your Windows laptop to write exams. Exact operating system requirement information is also available from Exam4.


My password is about to expire. What do I need to do ?

6 days before your password expires, you will start to get prompted to change it when you log in to the Cooley Portal.

After you change your password on the Cooley Portal

      1. Your laptop user account password will no longer match your network password

      2. You will have to log in to WiFi again to be able to get online while on campus

      3. You will have to use the new password to log in to the VM / Lab

      4. You will be prompted to log in to your Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. with the new password

      5. You will be prompted to log in to OneDrive

      6. You will need to change your WiFi and email passwords on your mobile device