Laptop Purchasing Advice
Reviewed February 2020
Buy for 3 years OF useYou may be tempted to buy the cheapest laptop you can find; however, be aware that over the life of the laptop, this seeming price advantage could easily be offset and exceeded by wasted time, money, and inconvenience spent on repairs.
The configuration below does not necessarily reflect the current configurations available to be purchased from a retailer; use it as a guide to help you purchase a good laptop that will adequately serve your law school needs for the next three years with as few problems as possible.
Purchase adequate warranty coverageWe urge you to purchase a 3-year service contract to last you through your law school tenure, preferably complete care with screen replacement. Think about how long you can afford to be without your laptop during the semester or during exams. Also find out where you can get the laptop fixed and what the turn-around time is for warranty repairs. For instance, do you need to mail it back to the manufacturer or can it be serviced locally in Ann Arbor?
The Computer Showcase Computer Support and Repair Service has information on available computer repair services on campus.
Chromebook laptops cannot run Windows or macOS, and are therefore not compatible with Electronic Bluebook and printing at the Law School.
Shop aroundPlease note: there is no obligation to purchase hardware/software from the University's Computer Showcase; links to products are provided simply as a courtesy.HardwareCheck out prices both online and in stores for laptop deals. Be sure to include the
Computer Showcase in your search, as it offers attractive laptop prices for registered students. When you contact the store be certain to tell them you are an admitted law student.
Recommended Laptop Configuration
macOS 10.13 - 10.14
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