Computer Requirements for Law School

We recommend that new students come to Miami law with either an Apple or a Windows laptop.  There are many factors that will determine which laptop is best for you; whether you will be working with large media files, if you need a DVD player or not, if weight is a factor for you of if you have a preference for a larger screen or keyboard. Below are two minimum recommendations. One is for a standard day-to-day laptop that should meet the needs of most people.  The other is the minimum recommendation for a laptop if you will be working with larger media files.

Also, many of the Miami Law exams have the option to use a laptop during the exam. If you want to take advantage of this during your time here, then please make sure to first check the requirements for Exam4 prior to purchasing a laptop.  The requirements are found at https://www.exam4.com/support/article/1.

Minimum configuration for a standard laptop:

  • Operating System: MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher/  Windows 8.1 or higher 
  • Processor: Intel i3, i5, or i7 processor or equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB or more
  • Hard Disk Storage: 500 GB or more
  • Display: 13-inch or larger
  • Additional Hardware: None
  • Additional Software: Microsoft Office and anti-virus protection, both available to students for free through the University of Miami Software site: http://miami.edu/software

Minimum configuration for a laptop that can process larger media files:

  • Operating System: MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher/  Windows 8.1 or higher 
  • Processor: Intel i7 processor or equivalent
  • Memory: 16 GB or more
  • Hard Disk Storage: 1000 GB (1TB) or more
  • Display: 15-inch (1920x1080 resolution) or larger
  • Additional Hardware: External mouse
  • Additional Software: Microsoft Office and anti-virus protection, both available to students for free through the University of Miami Software site: http://miami.edu/software

Students who need help with installing software, configuring their Internet connection, or connecting to the University of Miami’s printing system can get free assistance from the Student Technology Help Desk: http://sthd.it.miami.edu