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Laptop Requirement & Recommendations

Policy

MSU Law requires each student to own a laptop/notebook computer. Financial assistance is available to help cover the cost of the laptop. See the FAQ section below for more information.

Purchasing

laptop

Computer technology changes daily. As a result, we recommend that you get price quotes from several different vendors or stores. The MSU computer store including Dell, Gateway, HP, Compaq, IBM, Toshiba and Mac. Students who choose to purchase through the Computer Store will be given the option of paying for the computer at the time of order or having their student account billed for Financial Aid. You should take into account the following when purchasing your laptop:

Recommended Laptop Specifications

If you are buying a new laptop use the recommended specifications as a guide. If you already own a laptop, make sure it meets the minimum specifications.

Recommended/Minimum Computer Requirements
Recommended for PC: Minimum:
Processor at 2.0 GHz or faster* Processor at 1.2 GHz or faster
4 GB RAM or more 2 GB RAM
80 GB Hard drive or larger 40 GB Hard drive or larger
Microsoft Windows 7 Windows XP Pro
128 MB Video RAM at least 64 MB of video RAM**
802.11g/n wireless 802.11g wireless
Minimum requirements for MAC:
Mac OS x 10.6 or later
Warranty - 3 years, parts, on-site labor, and accidental damage coverage if available
Carrying case

*The speeds above are based on Intel chip, AMD processors would work too.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What version of Windows do I need?

A: If you purchase a MAC computer you will not need Windows.  Otherwise, any version of Windows XP, Vista or 7 will work.

Q: Can I use one of the new Apple MacBook laptops that run on the Intel chip?

A: Yes.

Q: What other software will I need?

A: You will need some form of word processing software, we recommend Microsoft Word but any software, such as Corel WordPerfect or OpenOffice (free), or NeoOffice (free) that works with Word files would be fine. Most students find the full version of Adobe Acrobat Professional helpful to have. Some students use note taking software, such as Microsoft OneNote, or flow chart software, such as Microsoft Visio. The MSU Computer Store has software available to students at a significant discount.

Q: What wireless network card will work with the Law College’s network?

A: Any 802.11g or n  will work. We recommend 802.11n. An 802.11A card will not work with our network. Most newer laptops have the wireless card built-in, older laptops may need an upgrade removable card, both will work fine with the network.

Q: Is financial assistance available to help cover the cost of the laptop?

A: Yes, see http://www.law.msu.edu/finaid/comp_reqs.html for more information.


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