Recommended Laptop Specifications

School of Law Computer Purchase Policy

Since the fall semester of 2002 Howard University School of Law has included $2000 in the “Cost of Attendance Budget”, for a one-time cost of a laptop. Funding for the purchase of the laptop is provided through increased loan eligibility. Although, Howard University School of Law provides access to funding for computer equipment; Howard University School of Law is in no way responsible for the maintenance, repair, upgrade or loss of computer equipment. Students are required to select a laptop that meets the minimum specifications outlined below.

Recommended Laptop Specifications

During the 2017-2018 academic year law students laptops will be used to take exams, it is therefore important to have a reliable laptop, with a easily readable screen (LED, anti-glare), and reliable battery. We recommend that students meet, or exceed the following minimum required laptop hardware and software specifications for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Operating Systems 


Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - ACCEPTED
Windows 8.1 Pro for Students 

Microsoft Windows 8 USERS PLEASE UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 8.1 Pro - see links below for instructions from Microsoft.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 (SP1)- NOT RECOMMENDED

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic Edition or Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (please upgrade to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate version) upgrade to Windows 7 Pro

Windows XP and Windows XP Home Editions are NOT SUPPORTED

All Mac’s should have Minimum of Mac OS 10.12

Hardware (Recommended)

  • Processor: Intel Core I5 Processor 2.4 GHz and faster
  • Minimum Laptop RAM: 4GB
  • Video Card: Integrated Graphics Card is OK, Dedicated Graphics >1GB RAM is Better
  • Wireless (required): 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless capability
  • USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 Ports -Required
  • Laptop Service Agreement: RECOMMEND - Next business day on-site warranty for 3 years with Complete Care Insurance
  • External Hard Drive and/or USB drive for backup, and archiving RECOMMENDED
    • EXAMPLE:
    • 1 External USB Hard Drive for Home backup (Daily)
    • 2 16GB USB Flash Drive for backup (Alternate Days)
  • Minimum Screen RECOMMENDED: 13.3” HD LED Display (Anti-Glare)
  • Very small Net books are NOT recommended

Software (required)

Windows - Office 365 for Mac OSX or Windows , MAC - Office 2011 or Office 365
Adobe Acrobat XI (student pricing) or Adobe Reader XI (free)

Please see links below for more information on software. If you have questions please call: (202) 806-8013

Office 356 
Windows 8.1 Pro for Students 
Adobe Acrobat X Reader 
Adobe Store - to purchase academic version of Adobe Acrobat 

Antivirus and Malware software:
Apple Mac Antivirus software (free)
Malwarebytes anti malware software - MAC OS, Windows 
Symantec (Norton) 360 Software - MAC, Windows, Android, IOS
McAfee Internet Security 2017 - Mac OS, Windows, Android, IOS
Laptop Battery Replacement

Software is available at academic pricing from online retailers such as:

External Storage:

Local Retail Computer Store: