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Laptop Requirements & Support

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Laptop Requirements


All University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law students are required to have a laptop for exams and other purposes. This laptop must support wireless connectivity to the School's network.

iPads, Android-based tablets, Microsoft Surface RT tablets, and Google Chrome laptops are not supported for printing and exam-taking purposes. Tablets with attachable keyboards and Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 are supported. We do not want to discourage tablet use, however you should be aware that a tablet will not replace the need for a laptop.

Questions regarding this policy can be directed to the Law School IT Help Desk at:

The requirements below were last updated in March 2017 and cover the 2017-2018 school year.

Hardware Requirements


  • 4 GB of memory (RAM)
  • 320 GB hard drive capacity (minimum ... larger capacity recommended if you store media, i.e. photos, music, videos)
  • Wireless card with 802.11 a, g, or n capability
  • Intel Processor (Mac requirement only ... older PowerPC processors no longer supported)


  • External USB hard drive for backups/archiving (strongly recommended)*
  • CD/DVD combo drive
  • Ethernet card

* A word about data integrity: You will be creating many time consuming and important documents during your tenure at the School of Law. Consequently, we feel strongly that you have a backup medium on which to save this critical data.

Operating System Requirements

For ALL laptops, you must have a licensed copy of the operating system. We reserve the right to refuse service to laptops with non-licensed or non-activated copies of the operating system. Dual-booted systems are not supported for exams (e.g. Windows-via-Boot Camp on a Mac).

Supported Operating Systems:

  1. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  2. Mac OS X 10.9 (Maverick), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), or OS X 10.12 (Sierra)
  • IMPORTANT: Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.4 (Tiger), OS X 10.5 (Leopard), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7 (Lion), and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) are NOT supported or compatible with required Exam4 software. In addition, tablet computers (e.g. Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface RT, etc.) are also NOT compatible with Exam4.

Software Requirements

At a minimum, students must have:

  1. Office Productivity software, e.g. MS Office, WordPerfect Suite, or Open Office (free)
  2. Antivirus software, e.g. Avast (free), McAfee, Norton, Windows Defender (free)
  3. PDF reader software, e.g. Adobe Reader X (free)

The School of Law will supply, at no additional cost, exam software, case management software, and access to various on-line legal research, course management, study aid, and career development resources.

Laptop Support

UDC-DCSL students are required to obtain laptop computers to facilitate their coursework. These laptops are configured for printing and wireless internet access by the Law Library’s IT department during Orientation.

If a UDC-DSCL student is having trouble getting on the internet or sending files to the school's printers, the student should bring his or her laptop (with power cord) to the Law Library Circulation Desk and fill out a Request for Service form. The student may be asked to leave his or her laptop for several hours or overnight; the student can ask the person working at the Circulation Desk for an estimate of how long it might take.

If a UDC-DCSL student is having laptop trouble that is not related to the School's network, the student can ask the School of Law's IT staff to investigate the problem as a courtesy, but the staff may decline either before or after looking at the laptop. Students are encouraged to purchase an extended service warranty, preferably with next-day or on-site service because the School of Law does not have a loaner laptop program.

Students are encouraged to regularly back up the files on their laptop computers, and are solely responsible for the integrity of their files. If you would like to discuss methods for backing up your computer, please make an appointment with the Network Administrator or Technical Support Specialist by contacting


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