Saint Louis University School of Law strongly recommends, but does not require, law students own a personal laptop computer for use throughout their law school career. Computers play a significant role in nearly every aspect of legal education and most students find that a laptop is an invaluable tool in the classroom. Having a personal laptop allows students to easily capture and organize lecture notes, access online course materials, and utilize online legal research services. Additionally, most exams may be taken using computer-based testing software, which many students find preferable to handwriting their answers.
While students are able to bring any computing device they prefer, it is important to note that while all SLU Law systems are compatible with both Windows and Mac, some third-party services and software may not be available to Mac laptops. For example, several legal research software titles provided by WestLaw and LexisNexis are currently only available to the Windows platform.
Following the recommendations below will ensure compatibility between your computer and all of the available technical services provided by the Law School.
|At least 1.5 GHz||At least 1.5 GHz (Intel-based)||Higher processor speed will provide better performance|
|At least 4 GB||At least 4 GB||More system memory (RAM) will improve the overall performance of your computer|
|At least 40 GB||At least 40 GB||More hard drive space allows you to save more files (such as word documents, images, PDF files, and mp3’s)|
|802.11 A/B/G/N||802.11 A/B/G/N||Most laptops have wireless built-in|
|DVD-ROM||DVD-ROM||Some textbooks provide instructional materials in CD and DVD formats|
|At least 1 USB 2.0 port||At least 1 USB 2.0 port||USB ports are used to connect flash drives and other devices such as personal printers and external hard drives.|
|At least 800x600 resolution||At least 800x600 resolution||Minimum requirement for Exam4 – many “netbook” devices do not meet this requirement|
|Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8||OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9||Your operating system must be up to date to ensure security and compatibility|
What software will I need?
Microsoft Office – Many professors have students turn in assignments in an electronic format. Microsoft Word is the standard word processing format at the Law School; students submitting assignments must use a file format that can be opened from MS Word. Current versions of Microsoft Office for both Windows and Mac are available to SLU students at a discounted price. For information on purchasing this software, please visit http://www.slu.edu/x30588.xml
Antivirus Software - Symantec Endpoint Security for Windows or Mac is available at no charge to all SLU students. The software can be downloaded from http://www.slu.edu/x24910.xml
Exam4 Software - The electronic exam software is provided to SLU Law students at no charge. Instructions for accessing Exam4 are provided by the Office of Student Services prior to the start of exam periods.
Can a laptop be purchased using my financial aid?
For information, please e-mail our financial aid coordinator, Jessica Lorentz, at email@example.com.
The Law School also provides a student computing lab on the 11th floor of Scott Hall, room 1182. The computers in the lab are equipped with Microsoft Office products, various on-line legal research software, and a variety of other productivity applications.
Nearly every corner of the law school campus is covered by SLU’s Billiken-wireless network, providing high-speed wireless internet access to all students, faculty, staff, and guests. For more detailed information about the wireless network, visit http://www.slu.edu/x30914.xml
What else do I need to know?
If you are going to use a laptop to do work, it is crucial that you take the time to learn about your computer! There are dozens of helpful introductory books available that can be found in most bookstores and there are thousands of free and low cost online resources. Learn how to make backup copies of your work, and remember to do so regularly. Every semester we encounter students who have lost a course outline or final paper simply because they failed to backup their work.
Please Note: Law students are responsible for maintaining their personal computers. SLU Law School does not provide repair or diagnostic services for student-owned computers. Students should contact their computer vendor for diagnostic and repair services. The Law School can assist students with using SLU University resources, but will not perform any hands-on repair.
For additional questions or assistance, please contact the Saint Louis University ITS Helpdesk. Phone: (314) 977-4000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org