|Please note that Santa Clara University School of Law does not have a mandatory computer laptop program. Students are not required to use a computer laptop for classes, and all exams can be handwritten.|
|If you plan to use your laptop computer for exams, then make sure you review,|
to help you decide on what to purchase for law school.
SCU Law students are eligible for the standard discounts available by the computer manufacturer. Learn more about SCU student purchases here.
When you purchase a laptop computer, we strongly recommend getting at least a 3 or 4 year warranty. We also recommend that you consider the "spill protection" add-on warranty, which cover drops, spills, and other mishaps that is not normally covered under a standard warranty.
Please note that the Law Technology Help Desk, as mandated by the University, is not authorized to re-install OS software, do any data recovery, hardware upgrades (storage, RAM), etc. If you have any hardware issues with your notebook, then we will help you with any initial diagnostics on your issue and then refer you to a local vendor to do any warranty repairs or recommended that you contact your laptop computer vendor.
*Minimum Specifications for computer laptops (2021-2022)
*These specifications also cover the minimum requirements for Examsoft exam taking software and for attending online distance learning classes.
PC: 2.0+ Ghz or higher; Intel equivalent of i5, but recommended is i7 or higher (for distance learning apps like Zoom)
Mac: same as PC above; M1 or later
Windows 10 Home; Windows 10 Pro is recommended
Mac OS: Mojave (10.14); Catalina (10.15); but Big Sur (11) is highly recommended.
8 Gigabytes (GB); 16 GB or more is highly recommended
256 - 512 Gigabytes (GB); 512 Gigabytes (GB) is recommended
720p resolution; 1080p or higher is desirable
Other factors to consider...