Brandeis School of Law's IT Department offers these hardware and software recommendations to Fall 2020 entering students and returning students shopping for a new laptop. Be sure to review the notes below about compatibility with Exam4.
Hardware and Operating System (OS)
Windows 10 version 2004
(No Beta or insider preview versions)
|MacOS Catalina (OS 10.15)|
Intel Core i5 or i7 (7th generation or newer) or
AMD Ryzen Mobile 5 or newer
|2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5|
|Memory||8 GB (minimum, 16 GB optimal) DDR4 and newer||8 GB (minimum, 16 GB optimal) 1866 MHz LPDDR3|
|Hard Drive||256 GB SSD or equivalent HDD||256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD|
|Graphics Adapter||2GB and higher graphics adapter||Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640|
|Display Resolution||1920 x 1080 or better||2560 x 1600 or better|
|Communications||Webcam with microphone|
802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
3 Year Enhanced Protection
(Spills, Drops and Accidental Damage Protection)
|3 Year AppleCare Protection Plan|
|Accessories||USB-C to USB Adapter or equivalent|
All UofL students receive a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, which includes the option to download and install Microsoft Office 2019 on up to five (5) devices.
Apple will release macOS Big Sur (10.16), the successor to macOS Catalina, in Fall 2020. If history is a guide, Extegrity will not release a supported version of Exam4 for the new macOS in time for Fall 2020 exams. Consequently, we recommend students do not upgrade to Big Sur or purchase a new Mac with Big Sur pre-installed until Extegrity announces Exam4 support for it, likely in Spring 2021.