Supported Laptops

Laptop Policy

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU does not currently have a mandatory laptop ownership requirement. Approximately 98% of our students have laptops, using them to take notes, do research, complete assignments, and take exams. 

Purchasing a Laptop

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 even months to repair.  The ASU Computer Store carries our recommended laptops.  More information is available Here.


  • Windows XP Professional operating system (No longer supported by Microsoft, Consider upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 OR Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate (Not Starter or Home Premium) OR Windows 8.1 Pro.

   Macintosh (We offer limited support to Macintosh owners)

  • Intel-based Mac with a wireless card (MacBook or MacBook Pro)
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.7 or later (Printing is not available)
Need More Information?

Please feel free to contact IT Services at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with any questions you may have.   More information will be available on the Admitted Students Blackboard site in the Discussion Board area. 

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Information Technology Services
Ross-Blakley Law Library, Room 116
480-965-8181 or


  1. What is the difference between the Dell Latitude and Inspiron laptop models?

  2. Can I get Financial Aid for purchasing a laptop?

    Please contact the Law admissions financial aid department for more information.
  3. Do you offer any free or discounted software for my laptop?

    Yes, ASU offers academic pricing(large discounts) at the computer store for various software products.  ASU also has various site-licensed products available for download.  For more information visit:  If you choose to buy software from local retailers or the internet, look for "academic pricing" which can significantly reduce the cost of the software.