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Hardware and Software Recommendations

HARDWARE
If you are buying a new computer, we suggest that you get one with at least 8GB of RAM, an Intel core I3 or above (Haswell) processor, and a 500 GB hard-disk drive (a hybrid/solid state hard-disk drive will provide the best performance). All laptops must have built-in WiFi (802.11n) capability.

OPERATING SYSTEM
For PCs, we recommend Microsoft Windows 7 Professional. For Apple, we recommend Mac OS 10.9.2 Mavericks.

SOFTWARE
For PCs, we recommend Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 or 365. For Apple, we recommend Microsoft Office 2011 or 365.

WEB BROWSERS
The Law Center’s web-based applications are supported on the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

WEIGHT
Please take into consideration your potential laptop's weight. You will have a lot to carry around (textbooks are heavy), so you want the lightest laptop possible.

For a thin, light, full-powered laptop, we recommend the Ultrabook. They are less than an inch thick; offer at least five hours of battery life; weigh less than 3 pounds (almost half of the average laptop weight of 5 to 6 pounds); and have a full keyboard. Best of all, many Ultrabooks are competitively priced at under $1,000.00. 

COMPUTER WARRANTIES
The Law Center does not provide hardware or software support. So you should purchase the most comprehensive warranty possible. That way, if you damage your laptop, someone will actually help you fix it and/or recover your data. For those who are budget-conscious, we suggest visiting Best Buy. Best Buy is conveniently located on Metro (Red, Yellow, and Blue lines) and offers great customer service and computer warranties through Geek Squad.

EXAMS
If you want to take your exams on a computer, you will need to use your own laptop, which must be able to connect to the Internet. Please be advised that the Law Center does not provide loaner laptops or power cords for student use.

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