It wasn’t long ago when you didn’t need a laptop for law school. Those days have passed. The need to take notes in class and organize on the fly into an outline for finals is reason enough to get a laptop. Now, however, most schools either require or strongly encourage first year students to make the investment in a laptop. Really you are at a disadvantage if you don’t have a laptop. This begs the question: which laptop should you get for law school?
No matter which laptop you buy for law school, you will need some basics: a DVD drive, a thumb drive, and a good amount of memory (if combining law school with multiple programs and lots of pictures and music, a computer around the size of 400 GB is more than enough, but better safe than sorry).
Screen size is another major factor for law school, considering that you will often need to have multiple screens up at the same time, the bare minimum we recommend is 13″, with 15″ and 17″ being more highly recommended. With that being said, here are some of our top picks for the 2013-2014 school year:
1. Apple MacBook Pro MD103LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop
This puppy has everything you would want in a laptop, and is backed by endless happy customers singing its praises. 500 GB hard drive and large screen in the basic package provides you with more than enough power and room to get the job done. Plus, the 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, you will be able to access your notes in no time during your final exams. Let’s not forget, with Apple’s sleek image, you will be the coolest 1L in class. You can check out less expensive and used macbooks here.
2. Dell Inspiron i15R-2369sLV 15-Inch Laptop
If you can’t spring for the MacBook Pro, the Dell Inspiron i15R is a reliable alternative. It features a large screen, a huge terabyte hard drive, and a fast processor. Plus, the Dell Inspiron gets high marks for reliability, which cannot be overstated in the 1L classroom. Other less expensive Inspiron models can be good options as well. You can check them out here.
3. Gateway NE56R34u 15.6-Inch Laptop
Although we do recommend that you invest the money on a laptop with all the fixins, some of you may not want to make the investment. If this is you, the Gateway NE56R34u provides an affordable option with everything you need to get by 1L year . It has a 500GB hard drive and large screen to fit your needs. The only drawback with the Gateway is the more limited speed and RAM, which most likely won’t be a big issue.