The School of Law will post updated computer recommendations by June 1st.
For information on these recommendations, please visit: law.missouri.edu/library/technology/recommendations
While the university of Missouri School of Law does not require students to own a laptop computer, we strongly encourage students to purchase one. The Law School has a wireless network for laptop users available throughout the Law Library and Law School classrooms. The wireless network is also available in many student areas across campus. The University of Missouri School of Law is predominately a Windows environment. There is basic support for Apple computers in the law school, and advanced support available on campus.
A desktop computer is a lower cost alternative, however the advantage of a laptop is the portability it provides. There are computer workstations available to law students in the computer lab, and four ‘Smart Suites’ available with SMART Boards and projectors. During peak times of the academic year, the computer lab and Smart Suites are used heavily, and access to a computer is not guaranteed. A student with a laptop and a wireless card will have access to Internet resources and productivity software virtually everywhere throughout our wireless network. Students can also install Print Anywhere software to allow their laptops to print to the computer lab printers.
Factors to keep in mind when shopping for a laptop: The Law School can provide IT support for Windows computers and basic support for Apple computers. Advanced Apple support is available through the Division of IT on campus. The Law School does not provide hardware support.Get price quotes from a good cross-section of sources to make an informed choice. Prices change when new models are released and new models are appearing all the time. Check all quoted prices again before ordering in case any of the prices have dropped. Also, cross-check for lower prices between different departments on the manufacturer’s website (e.g.: Home, Small Business).
Exams on computers: No Virtual Machines or Emulators are permitted. The only supported operating systems for Exam 4 are Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard), Mac OSX10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion). Do not upgrade or install any other Operating System until the Law School IT Department has tested and approved it.
Extra battery: It is highly recommended that you buy an extra battery when you purchase your laptop. A typical battery will last approximately 3 hours on a full charge. The classrooms in the law school do not have power outlets available for laptop use during classes and plugging laptops into power outlets during exams is forbidden.Exams, in some cases, will take 4 hours or more. If you choose to take your exams on your laptop, you will want a spare battery.