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Computer Requirements

For students entering in Fall 2016

These requirements apply to all students enrolling in on-campus degree programs at the School of Law. This includes JD, LLM and SJD degrees.

Students are required to have a laptop computer that meets the following requirements:

  • Supported operating system (see below)
  • Memory: 4 GB minimum
  • Storage: 120 GB minimum
  • Wireless: 802.11ac or 802.11n Wi‑Fi
  • Webcam

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)

You must have administrator privileges on the laptop and virtualization software may not be used to run the operating system.

Chromebooks (running Chrome OS), tablets and other mobile devices (running Windows RT, iOS, Android, etc.) and laptop computers running older versions of Windows and OS X do not meet the minimum requirements.

Support is not available for computers that do not have a licensed copy of the operating system.

Preferred Vendors

While students may use any laptop computer that meets the minimum requirements, students who plan to purchase a computer are encouraged to consider Apple, Dell or Lenovo. Discounts are available on purchases from these vendors.

Wake Forest University is an authorized service provider for Apple, Dell and Lenovo. There is no charge for warranty repairs. Charges for parts and labor apply if the computer is not under warranty or damaged.


Discounts are available on Apple computers through the Wake Forest University Apple Store. All available models meet the minimum requirements.


Discounts are available on select Dell XPS 13 computers through the Wake Forest University Dell Store. These specific models meet the minimum requirements and include accidental damage protection coverage. If you purchase another model, please ensure that it meets the minimum requirements.


Discounts are available on Lenovo computers through the Wake Forest University Lenovo Store. We recommend computers in the ThinkPad series. However, regardless of the model you select, please ensure that it meets the minimum requirements.


Microsoft Office 365 is available at no charge while enrolled as a student at the School of Law. This software suite includes applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It is available for Windows, Mac and mobile devices.

To download and install Microsoft Office 365, visit http://portal.office.com
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