Notebook Recommendations

This year the Law School has selected Dell and Macintosh as vendors for its notebook program. The minimum specifications for the models are outlined below. The pricing is very competitive and every Dell notebook comes with a three-year on-site warranty. The Mac comes with a one-year warranty that is upgradable to three which we highly recommended.

In addition, participation in the Northwestern Law Laptop Program allows you to borrow a laptop if your machine needs repairs. If any part breaks during the life of your warranty, it will be replaced for free within a day or two. Without a warranty, replacement parts like LCD screens can cost more than $500.00!

Notebook Specifications and Pricing

Option One: Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Screen Ultrabook (Starting at 3.35 lbs)

  • 3rd Generation Intel© Core™ i5-3337U processor
  • Windows 8 64-bit, English
  • 12.5” FHD 1080 Touch
  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel 6235 WLAN/BT/WiDi
  • 3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year Next Business Day Onsite Service
  • 6-Cell (47WHr) Battery

Option Two: Dell Latitude 6430u Ultrabook (Starting 3.7 lbs)

  • 3rd Generation Intel© Core™ i7-3687U Processor
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, English
  • 14.0" HD (1366x768) Anti-Glare WLED-backlit with WiGig
  • 8GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Dell Wireless™ 1504 802.11g/n Single Band Wi-Fi
  • 3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year Next Business Day Onsite Service
  • 6-cell (60WH) Primary Lithium Ion Battery, (3.0Ah) ExpressCharge Capable

Option Three: 13-inch MacBook Air (Starting 2.96lbs)

  • 1.8GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 8x SuperDrive (CD/DVD-RW/Dual Layer)
  • Apple Airport 802.11 B/G/N Wireless Card
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • Mac OS X (10.8) Mountain Lion Installed
  • 1 Year Warranty included, AppleCare recommended (2 Years for an additional $183)

Your laptop will not include any version of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc).

Microsoft Office can be purchased for a significant discount through Northwestern University.
Microsoft Office 2013 (Windows) and Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac) are available at a deep discount through the Northwestern University Student Software Program:
Northwestern Microsoft Office 2013 Student Purchase

Other discounted software that may apply to your studies is available here:
Northwestern University Student Software Program

How do I order a notebook?
Northwestern University Law students wishing to order one of the notebooks can do so through the Northwestern Law Dell Premier or Apple Store pages, where you will find more details about the notebooks, be able to place an order, and check the status of your order:

View and Order a Dell Notebook Online

View and Order an Apple Macbook Pro Online

Information for International Students
Due to US export restrictions, Dell Computer Corp. is unable to ship outside of North America. International Students purchasing a notebook will need to provide Dell with a valid US shipping address, or alternatively have their computer shipped to the Law School at:

Student Name
c/o Northwestern Law I.T. Department
350 E. Superior Ave., MC B71
Chicago, IL 60611
This option is available for International Students only.