Laptop recommendations

It is important to note that Cumberland Law School does not require the purchase and use of personal desktop or notebook computers.  This information is being provided to guide those of you who have already decided to make such a purchase.  There are sufficient computer resources in the Law Library and throughout the campus to meet student demand.

If you are considering purchasing a computer, please consider purchasing an extended warranty.


Laptops

Law students may use PCs or Macs.

Law students at Cumberland School of Law use computers primarily for four things:

  1. Word processing
  2. E-mail & Internet access
  3. Computer-assisted legal research (for example, using Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw services)
  4. Computer-assisted legal instruction (for example, tutorials run from CD-ROMs or a website)

None of these activities require a “super-computer”.  Any basic computer that is three years old or less with a CD-ROM/DVD drive should be sufficient (although, older machines with processors less than pentium class may have problems running some software).  I usually suggest that students use computers with the following MINIMUM specifications:

Minimum requirements for Windows computers are:

1.5Ghz or faster Processor
100GB Hard Drive
2 GB Memory
Wireless (802.11b/g) and/or Wired Ethernet
Windows Vista or later
Microsoft Office Standard or Student Edition
Anti-Virus Software (See the University PTG Web Site for list of recommended AV Products)

Minimum requirements for Macintosh computers are:

1.5Ghz or Faster Processor
100GB Hard Drive
2 GB Memory
Wireless (802.11b/g) and/or Wired Ethernet
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
Microsoft Office for Mac Standard or Student Edition
Anti-Virus Software (See the University PTG Web Site for list of recommended AV Products)


Wireless

For those of you considering purchasing a laptop computer, you will be happy to learn that the Law Library is a wireless hotspot and has 144 networked carrels and 11 networked conference rooms, that allow users to connect to the Internet as well as to Samford’s local area network.  Please refer to our floor maps for more information concerning the location of the network jacks (note:  the purple desks on the maps  and the yellow conference rooms are the networked areas).

Samford’s main library, Davis Library, is wireless as well.