Students are free to select any brand of computer; however, Drake Law recommends a Windows-based computer to achieve the greatest compatibility with products and services, both online and within the Law School. Students might wish to consider a HP computer because of educational discounts available to Drake along with extended support plans. Recommended computer models and pricing can be found at http://www.hpdirect.com/academy/drake
Students with Macs could face difficulties performing certain tasks that Windows users readily achieve, such as creating Table of Authorities for briefs, utilizing common research tools, or accessing shared printers and multifunction devices. Students contemplating computer purchases should be aware of these considerations.
Tablets are becoming common in every day use. Students looking to purchase a new computer may wish to consider a HP Envy x2 running Windows 8 to achieve best in class hardware that doubles both as a tablet, for ease of portability, and as a laptop, for use in class or when a full keyboard is beneficial.
Drake University provides a free copy of Microsoft Office
to current students. Students won't need to select an Office Productivity Pack or word processing solution when buying from HP or other manufacturers.
Students who plan to use laptops for taking exams or to join the campus wireless network must be running Windows XP SP3 or higher when using a PC or Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher when using a Macintosh. Apple's iPad is not currently supported for taking exams, though Windows 8 tablets would certainly offer the desired form and functionality.
Most laptops easily exceed minimum requirements. If you have any questions, please contact the Law School's Information Technology Department