Buying a Computer

Marquette University does not require that law students purchase a laptop, however, it is recommended. The majority of in-class final exams are offered with the option of typing the exam on your laptop.  The Law School uses SofTest from ExamSoft for in-class final exams. Softest is avaialble for Windows and Mac. The law school offers wireless internet access throughout the entire building. Rooms 216 and 226 have computers which make it easy to utilize library resources without a laptop.

Purchasing a Computer

It is important to balance quality and performance with cost.

Here are the system requirements for Softest.

Windows  
Processor 2GHz Intel Core/Celeron or equivalent x86 processor
Memory highest recommended for the operating system or 2GB RAM
Hard Drive highest recommended for the operating system or 1 GB of free space.
Operating System English 32-bit Versions of Windows XP, 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Screen Resolution must be 1024x768 or higher
   
Mac  
Processor Intel processor
Memory 2GB RAM
Hard Drive 1 GB or higher free disk space
Operating System Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
Mac Notes: SofTest may not be used in a virtual operating systems
Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
   

Warranty:
Minimum: 1 year (parts & labor)
Recommended: 3 years (parts & labor)

Peripherals:
USB drive 2 GB for portable storage and document backup
Printer

Optional:
Second battery for laptop
Carrying case for laptop
 

Vendor Recommendations

Marquette University uses several computer vendors to purchase their equipment. The University has also negotiated student discounts with these vendors. Law students are not required to purchase from these companies, they are only intended as suggestions.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Store for Marquette Students
Toll-free: 877-480-HIED

CDWG Computers Store for Marquette Students
Contact: Lance Busdeker at lancbus@cdwg.com or (866) 339-4896

Apple Store for Education
Toll-free: 1-800-780-5009

Note: Students are responsible for maintaining their personal computers. Marquette University and the Media and Technology Group do not provide repair or diagnostic services for student owned computers. Students should use their computer vendor for diagnosis and repair. The Media and Technology Group is able to assist students with connecting to, or using University resources.