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Law School Computer Recommendations

If you are just starting out at Law School, or heading back to school and looking to upgrade your system, please review the below information before purchasing your new laptop!

Nearly all Pepperdine University Law Students use laptops for class, exams, and homework. While laptops are not required, they can be a very valuable tool in law school. The Information Services team at Pepperdine University School of Law provides assistance in configuring your laptop for the network. Please think very carefully before choosing a laptop brand or other hardware/software choice outside the recommended list, as you may be limiting your potential sources of support.

Below are the minimum Computer System Recommendations:

  • Manufacturer/Model: Dell Latitude E-Series/Apple Macbook Pro or Macbook Air
  • Display: Minimum 11” screen – for improved readability, consider 13” or larger
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or better (we like Windows 10 too but not Windows 8 so much) /OS X 10.8 or better
  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or faster (or equivalent AMD)
  • Video Memory: 64MB graphics card or better
  • RAM: 8GB or higher
  • Hard Drive or SSD: 120GB or higher
  • Networking/WiFi adapter: 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11 a/g/n/ac wireless
  • Media Drives: DVD or BluRay(optional), Flash Drive (32 GB or larger is great), USB port
  • Battery Life: 4-6 hours
  • Warranty: 3 year parts/on-site labor
  • Protection Software: Anti-virus (Microsoft Security Essentials for PC and Sophos for Mac), Anti-adware & Anti-spyware
  • Personal Printer: HP Black & White LaserJet

The Dell E series Latitude is designed for a professional enterprise user and is not what you will find in a consumer-focused retail store.  We have found these systems to be very reliable and strongly recommend them to both students and faculty for their personal computing needs.  This recommendation is not meant to dissuade you from other manufacturers or even other lines of Dell computers, however, we know this line to be a great fit for a law student who needs a solid, reliable system for three years of challenging work.

We do not recommend tablet-based systems. Nor do we recommend netbooks or Chromebooks.  You are certainly welcome to buy them but we don’t believe they will meet your needs in law school. Essentially, you can bring any device you want to law school. However, if you want to take exams and keep pace with the challenges of law school, you should purchase a high-quality, business class laptop, not a cheap off-brand version you found on sale at a big box retailer. Remember, you want a system that is reliable and will last you through completing the BAR exam. You don’t want a machine that crashes in the middle of the BAR!

MacBook ProThe Pepperdine University Computer Store (an online referral site) offers generous discounts to Pepperdine University students on software and hardware. These discounts are often more than the typical education discounts that you will find online. The Computer Store can be accessed 24/7 online.

For purchasing as an enrolled Pepperdine student, please visit the Pepperdine University Computer Store or call Pepperdine University Tech Central at (310) 506-4811.

Please note that using a computer on the University network requires that you agree to the University Computer and Network Usage policy.

Tech Gear: Buying Things for School

Many folks ask us if there are any savings to be had through our University Computer Store.  The answer is YES!  Though you should note that most of the offerings from our computer store are through negotiated relationships with major manufacturers and online retailers.

To see our recommendations for computers click HERE.

Check out the University Computer Store page for more information!