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What Type of Laptop Will I Need?

If you want to buy a laptop before coming to campus, we suggest one that meets the Option One specifications below. If you already own a laptop, review Option Two — a laptop that, if it works for you now, should work for some part of your time at the law school but may become limited over time and you may want or need to upgrade or replace it while you are here.

Option One: New Laptop
  • New Windows laptop
    • Processor: Intel i5 or i7
    • Memory (RAM): at least 4GB (more is better)
    • Operating system: Windows 7* or 8*
  • New Mac laptop
    • Any currently shipping Apple MacBook (MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air)
    • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)**
Option Two: Minimum Laptop
  • Minimum Windows requirements
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory (RAM): at least 2GB (more is better)
    • Operating system: Windows Vista with Service Pack 2*
  • Minimum Mac requirements
    • Any Apple MacBook manufactured in 2010 or later
    • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)**
Tablets

Tablets are not supported for exams. This means devices running iOS (iPads), Android, or Windows RT are among the devices not supported for exams. All Microsoft Surface tablets--even the ones running Windows 8 or 8.1 Professional) will not work, as they are not compatible with ExamSoft, the required software for all law school exams.

* Windows 7 and 8 are the preferred Windows operating systems at IU. You may purchase Windows ($20.00) from Indiana University at the Information Commons and campus bookstores. While Vista (Enterprise or Ultimate) and XP (Professional SP3) are also supported, Microsoft mainstream support for Vista ended in the spring of 2012 and XP will see the end of all support in early 2014. Windows 95, 98, Me, or 2000, for reasons of security and full access to resources, are no longer appropriate.

**We recommend Mac OS X version 10.7 (Lion) or newer, and strongly discourage use of older versions of Mac OS; older versions may have compatibility issues with some university resources. If you use Microsoft OneNote, there is no OneNote for OS X. Also, you should hold off on upgrading to OS X 10.9 (whatever large cat it may be) as it is not yet known when it will be approved for use during exams.

Please note that if you are purchasing a new Mac and would like to print wirelessly on the IU network, during the initial setup of your Mac, set the account or short name as your IU username (excluding the @indiana.edu). Otherwise, a separate user account that has your IU username as it's account or short name will need to be used as your primary account or share documents with your existing primary account to successfully print wirelessly on the IU network.

Financial Aid Implications

The cost of a computer is not included in your direct costs. You may request that the cost of a new computer (up to $2,000) be added to your financial aid budget (increasing the amount you may borrow). Because most students can live comfortably on less than our standard law school budget, there is often sufficient funding already in the budget for a computer. If you do decide to request an increased budget to include computer costs our Director of Financial Aid will begin accepting those appeals in early September.

For more information about financial aid, contact:

Paul Leopold
Director of Financial Aid
pleopold [at] indiana [dot] edu
(812) 855-7746