Howard University

Recommended Laptop Specifications

School of Law Computer Purchase Policy

Effective for Fall 2002 Howard University included a one-time, laptop cost of $2000 in the “Cost of Attendance Budget” for first-year students enrolling in the School of Law. Funding for purchase of the computer equipment is provided through increased loan eligibility. In providing access to funding for computer equipment, Howard University School of Law is in no way responsible for the maintenance, upgrade or loss of equipment. Students are encouraged to come to law school with a computer that meets minimum specifications as determined by the law school.


During the 2013-2014 academic year the students laptops will be used to take exams, it is therefore important for the student to have a reliable laptop, with a readable screen (LED, anti-glare) , and a reliable battery. The systems below are the minimum recommended laptop computer configurations for students in the 2013-2014 academic years. We recommend that students meet, or exceed the following laptop and software recommendations:

Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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

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


Windows Home Editions are NOT Supported.

All Mac’s should have Minimum of Mac OS 10.7.5

Hardware (Recommended)
  • Processor: Intel Core I5 Processor 1.6 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 wireless capability
  • USB 2.0 Ports or USB 3.0 Ports
  • 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 daily backup, and archiving RECOMMEND example: 1 External Hard Drive for Home backup (Daily), and Rotating 2 USB Flash Drive for Roving backup (Alternate Days)
  • Minimum Screen RECOMMENDED: 13.3” HD LED Display (Anti-Glare)
  • Very small Net books are NOT recommended

Office 2010 or 2013
Adobe Acrobat XI or Adobe Acrobat Reader XI
Antivirus and malware software. ( please see below)

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

Office 2010

Adobe Acrobat X Reader

Adobe Acrobat Store

Microsoft Security Essentials (free)
(free to genuine Microsoft Windows owners)

ClamXav The Free Anti-Virus Solution for Mac OS X

Apple Mac Antivirus software (free)

Apple Snowleopard Malware

Symantec (Norton) 360 Software

McAfee Internet Security 2011

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

External Storage:

updated: July 31, 2013