Student Computer Recommendations

Temple Law students use laptop computers for classes, exams and homework. Laptop computers are a valuable tool in law school and we strongly recommend that each law student have a new or recent laptop computer for use during their law school career. The following recommendations account for services and applications often used in conjunction with Temple Law School classes, as well as in other curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Laptop Hardware

ComponentMinimumRecommended
ProcessorIntel: Core™ i5
AMD: Ryzen™ 5
Intel: 7th or 8th generation Core™ i5 or Core™ i7
AMD: Ryzen™ 5 or higher
Memory8GB16GB
Storage256GB512GB or higher
GraphicsMac: Intel Iris® Plus Graphics
Windows: Integrated Intel HD
Mac: Intel Iris® Plus Graphics
Windows: Integrated Intel HD
Wireless802.11 b/g/n/ac 802.11 b/g/n/ac 
Operating SystemMac: MacOS Catalina (10.15)
Windows: Windows 10 (64-bit) Education or Pro
Mac: MacOS Catalina (10.15)
Windows: Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
MiscellaneousWebcam, Microphone, SpeakersWebcam, Microphone, Speakers, Headset
Display1920×1080 (1080p Full HD)
11” Screen
1920×1080 (1080p Full HD) or higher.

Display size is a matter of personal preference. Some students will want a smaller and lighter laptop, while others will prefer a bigger screen with a higher native resolution.
Battery4 hours4-6 hours
Longer battery life is better
Warranty3-year hardware warranty4-year hardware warranty with additional damage protection

If you already own a laptop, please check to be sure that it meets the requirements above. In particular, it is important that you have a camera and microphone/headset to be able to participate in any online class sessions. 

If you can’t afford a computer that meets the requirements, students are able to use student loans to purchase a laptop. Please contact the Law School Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Internet Connectivity

We strongly recommend a reliable, continuous internet connection with a minimum speed of 20 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload.  This exceeds the minimum requirements for synchronous Zoom sessions, but good internet connectivity is critical for a good online learning experience.  

Software

Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus and Adobe Creative Cloud Suite are available for all law students to download for free and use while they are enrolled at Temple University. Instructions for downloading and installing University-licensed software can be found in TU Portal.