Laptop Requirements


All students, whether in the JD or Graduate Division, enrolled in or registered for any course at New York University School of Law are required to have, for exams and other purposes, a laptop that meets the following requirements. Every student is required to type his or her exams on a laptop or desktop computer; handwriting will not be permitted on exams. In-class exams require the use of a laptop. Take-home exams can be completed with a laptop or desktop computer. Students may not use a tablet or e-reader for their exams.

Hardware Requirements

  • 4 GB of memory (RAM)
  • 120 GB storage (hard drive capacity)
  • Wireless card with 802.11 a, g, n or ac capability

Software Requirements

You must have a licensed copy of the operating system and productivity software. NYU Law ITS reserve the right to refuse service to laptops with non-licensed or unactivated copies of the software. Dual-booted systems are not supported for exams (e.g. Windows via Boot Camp on a Mac).

Students are required to have a basic set of software on their laptops in order to fully take advantage of technology provided by NYU Law.

  • Antivirus software (e.g. Symantec Endpoint Protection, provided free by NYU) with a current subscription.
    More information about ensuring your security on the 'nyu' network as well as instructions for setting up anti-virus can be found here.
  • Office productivity software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Apple Pages, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reading software (e.g. Adobe Reader, Apple Preview)

You must have administrator rights on your laptop.  Without administrator rights the exam software will not operate.  When using a computer that you do not personally own (e.g. borrowed from a friend or a work laptop) you must check with the owner or your IT department that you have administrator rights.  If you are not sure if you have administrator rights, please visit Helpdesk for assistance.

Supported Operating Systems

When Microsoft and Apple release new versions of their operating systems, the exam software vendors must certify that the new operating system will work with the exam software. Since this is one of the focal points of computing at NYU Law, you must have a computer that meets the operating system requirement. If you are looking at upgrading your operating system, or purchasing a new laptop, pay careful attention to these requirements, and the computer/operating system you are purchasing.  Operating systems newer or older than what is listed below are not supported and will not work with our exam software.

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows 7 (with Service Pack 1)
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks

*** Please do NOT install any OS version not explicitly listed above.  This includes beta/preview versions, new releases, and older versions.  If it is not listed above it is not supported and will not allow the exam software to operate.