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Computer Requirements

All students enrolled in or registered for any course at Wake Forest University School of Law are required to have a laptop that meets the following system requirements.

Hardware Requirements

  • Laptop computer with a supported version of Windows or Mac OS X
  • 4GB of memory (RAM)
  • 128 GB hard drive capacity (minimum … larger capacity recommended if you store media (i.e. photos, music, videos))
  • Wireless card with 802.11n or 802.11 ac networking

Supported Operating Systems

  •  Windows 8.1, Windows 8 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 2
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks or OS X Yosemite 10.10

** Note: All laptops must have a licensed copy of the operating system. We reserve the right to refuse service to laptops with non-licensed or unactivated copies of the operating system. Virtualization software is not allowed for exams (e.g. Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion) and does not meet the operating system requirements. The following devices may not be used as your primary computer: Desktop computers, Chromebooks, Tablets, Phones.

Software Requirements

Students are required to have a the following  software on their laptops.

  • Microsoft Office
  • Windows computers are required to have updated Antivirus software. Windows Defender is included with Windows 8 and 8.1.Microsoft Security Essentials is available for Windows 7 as a free download from Microsoft. Antivirus software is also available from other companies.
  • PDF reading software (e.g. Adobe Reader)
  • A list of recommnded software will be provided during orientation.

Computer Discounts

Two vendors are providing educational discounts on their computers to our incoming students.


If you are interested in purchasing an Apple product, visit Wake Forest University’s Apple education store.


If you are interested in buying a Lenovo product, visit the Wake Forest – Lenovo friends and family site.

Wireless – The School of Law offers high-speed wireless access throughout the building, including all of the classrooms, courtrooms and the library. The wireless network provides students access to the Internet as well as network printers, e-mail, and other campus resources.

Technology Courtroom – With laptop computers for displaying evidence, to touch screen monitors for witnesses to diagram and markup evidence, the technology courtroom gives students an opportunity to see how technology can be used inside the courtroom.

On-site support – The School of Law provides on-site support for Laptops purchased through the School of Law Laptop program. Support staff are available for hardware, software, and networking questions throughout the day.