You are not required to purchase a computer for use in the classroom. However, we do recommend the following if you plan on purchasing a computer. Please note that the law library has over twenty (20) Windows based computers available for student use.

Recommended Minimum Configurations

Northern Kentucky University recommends the following minimum configurations for students, faculty or staff who are purchasing or bringing computers to campus.

Minimum Configurations (Updated May 2016)

Windows Laptop
Processor: 2.6Ghz i5 or faster
RAM: 8GB*
Hard Drive: 320GB or larger^
Wireless Access: 802.11 a/n dual band
Operating Systems: Windows 10 or newer (Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 are sufficient but any new purchase should be Windows 10)
Webcam: Yes
Microphone: Yes
Headphones: Yes

* Consider getting additional RAM if you plan to keep this computer for your entire law school career.
^ Solid State hard drives are not required, but improve machine performance

Dell Discount
Dell provides up to a 30% educational discount to student on many of their popular models.  Please visit their website for more information on the program.

Apple Laptop
Processor: 2.0Ghz i5 or faster
RAM: 8GB*
Hard Drive: 320GB
Wireless Access: 802.11 n/ac dual band
Operating System: Mac OS 10.9 or newer
Webcam: Yes
Microphone: Yes
Headphones: Yes

*Consider getting additional RAM if you plan to keep this computer for your entire law school career.

Apple Discount
Apple education pricing is a great way for college to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories are available to students and faculty and staff at discounted prices.  By purchasing through the following website you are supporting Northern Kentucky University. You are able to have your order shipped directly to you, or choose to pick it up at your local Apple Retail Store. Shop now...

NKU Based Software
Don't purchase software before checking if they offer a discount to students. Active students can download and use Microsoft Office 365 free of charge. We also offer NKU Virtual Desktop that allows you to log into a lab computer from anywhere you have internet access therefore letting you use software that you might not have installed on your own machine (SPSS, Microsoft Office, etc.).

What are my options if my laptop/tablet is not functioning properly?
If you find that your laptop/tablet is not functioning properly, first check with the manufacturer to see if it is under warranty and get instructions for diagnosing and solving the problem. If they are unable to help you, visit the Norse Tech Bar (UC 252).