If you have already purchased a laptop, you can jump ahead to Preparing your computer.
Should you get a laptop and if so, what kind?
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law recommends but does not require that law students purchase laptop computers to assist them in their studies and exam-taking while in law school. Usually about 97% of our students do have laptops.
Most computers available at stores are capable of handling your day to day class needs. They generally are all fast enough and have plenty of storage for files and programs for the basic duties of class work.
We currently do not have a required type of laptop. You are free to choose any model or manufacturer you prefer. We do discourage the use of Mac laptops due to their incompatibility with our printing systems and some applications. We have experience with and recommend the Dell Latitude series as they are rugged and more business oriented. If you plan to play video games or movies, this series is not for you. The built in graphics cards are not able to handle the extra duty these processes require. An Inspiron model may better suit your needs.
The manufacturer warranty will be the important deciding factor. Since you will be in law school for 3 years, it makes a lot of sense for you to want to have that piece of mind that your computer will be taken care of for your entire law school experience. Make sure they have a 2 or 3 year warranty. You then want to find out what the warranty will offer you.
The Dell Gold warranty will cover broken hardware and will send a technician out to you with a new part in hand with in 48 hours. Some warranties require you to send the laptop out for service which can take weeks or event months to repair.
IT Services will do its best to provide assistance to students needing help with laptops. However, we may not provide services unless your laptop meets our minimum recommendations. You may view hardware and software recommendations below.
We offer limited support to Macintosh owners if they meet these minimum requirements:
For information about connecting your laptop to the wired or wireless networks at ASU, see the next page Preparing your computer
Wired ports are now only available in the computer lab as the school now has a fully covered wifi network.
For incoming fall students, there is an introduction to IT Services during Orientation. The IT help desk will be extremely busy for the first weeks of fall semester, so we highly recommend that you try to configure the applications before coming to school. We can assist you but we may need to schedule an appointment depending on our work load.
Working from off campus: You may also wish to use you laptop online while off campus. ASU does not offer dial up Internet access. From off campus, using the internet, you can access your email, H drive, and legal research services (West-Law and Lexis). However, you cannot access the student printers from off campus.