The School of Law has joined other leading law schools in implementing a student notebook computer requirement for first-year J.D. students. Use of computers has become essential to research, classroom and clinical work. Furthermore, by requiring the purchase of a computer, we are able to include the cost in your financial aid package.
The School of Law offers a standard 14" notebook from Dell for Fall 2012.
The supported notebook model for Fall 2012 includes warranty and accidental damage protection as well as extensive support services from the School of Law's Information Technology Office.
Students who do not wish to participate in the supported notebook program may bring their own computer, but will not be eligible for enhanced support from Law School Information Technology Office. MORE »
Microsoft Office 2010 is the School of Law's standard application suite. Students not in compliance with this standard may experience difficulty submitting assignments to professors. Furthermore, a collaborative work, such as shared document editing in law journals or clinic practice sections, is at risk for document corruption whenever a student attempts to use a different version of Microsoft Office. Therefore, all students are expected to comply with the School of Law's file format standards.
Students who do not already own a licensed copy of Microsoft Office 2010 may purchase a copy at a discounted rate through the campus. The software does not come preloaded on the Dell notebook in our program.
Students must also have active anti-virus software installed on their notebook computers. If you do not already own anti-virus software, you may either purchase a copy of Symantec Norton Anti-Virus from campus (recommended) or use one of the free products listed in the resources section below. We do not suggest purchasing Symantec Norton Anti-Virus through a retailer because those versions require recurring annual fees; the version of Symantec Norton Anti-Virus offered through the campus does not expire and has no annual fee.