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Laptop Requirements

Student Laptops

UNM Law School requires that all entering students own a laptop computer. The law school does not require a particular brand but has determined a minimum hardware configuration. Many vendors have education websites with discounts.

Mac Support

Some students choose to use Macintosh laptops, including more recent models with Intel processors and running Apple Boot Camp or Parallels software to emulate a Windows environment. While students may use any brand of laptop computers, the Law School help desk does not provide advice on the operation of Macintosh systems. Therefore, students bringing Macintosh laptops must be self-sufficient in the use and operation of their systems. Mac users must follow the general law school guidelines for anti-virus and patched systems on both the Mac OS and Boot Camp/Parallels Windows partitions.

How to Finance Your Laptop

If you would like to have the purchase of your laptop added to your cost of attendance, please contact the School of Law’s Financial Aid Officer prior to making your purchase. Laptops may not be purchased prior to August 1 if they are to be included in your cost of attendance.

Minimum Hardware Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
Windows 8 (and 8.1)
Windows 7
Apple OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"
Apple OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"
Apple OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"

NOTE:  Please see below for a full list of unsupported hardware and operating systems.
Processor

New computers: Intel i5 processor or better (or equivalent)

Existing computers: Intel dual core processor at 1.6 GHz or better (or equivalent)

USB PortsAt least 1. USB flash memory storage device recommended
Hard Drive320GB or more recommended
CD-ROM DriveOptional
Network Card - WiredStrongly recommended - See Notes
Network Card - WirelessStrongly Recommended - See Notes
Warranty3 year parts and labor recommended – we recommend adding Accidental Damage protection
Virus Protection SoftwareSymantec Endpoint Protection, provided by Central IT, is free to all UNM affiliates and can be downloaded from the IT Antivirus Protection website.
Productivity SoftwareMicrosoft Office 2010 or greater strongly recommended; OpenOffice is acceptable only if documents are saved in Word compatibility mode.  Office365 is available to all UNM students here.

Notes

Operating System Notes

As per the exam software vendor, please note that the following operating systems and hardware configurations are NOT supported as of July 2016:

  • Apple Macintosh OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and earlier
  • Apple iDevices (iPad, iPhone, etc.)
  • Windows Vista and earlier (incl. XP)
  • Microsoft Surface (RT versions)
  • Linux
  • Chromebooks
  • Virtual operating systems (VMs)
  • Anything else not specifically listed as supported above

Wired Network Card Notes

The law school has Ethernet ports available in most classrooms as well as the library carrels and other common areas. The wired network card is used to attach to the law school network for Internet access, email, printing, and other computing services. All Mac computers must have an Ethernet port to initially configure and connect Macs to law school printers and network servers. After the initial configuration, access to resources should work on the wireless network.

Wireless Network Card Notes

Your wireless card must operate on the 802.11b/g/n standard if you plan to use the Law School’s wireless network. The driver must support WPA encryption. All Mac computers must have an Ethernet port to initially configure and connect Macs to law school printers and network servers. After the initial configuration, access to resources should work on the wireless network.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the configuration and purchase of a notebook computer, please contact the Manager for Law Information Technology, Chad Covey, at (505) 277-0695 or via email at helpdesk@law.unm.edu.

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