All incoming JD and JD-MBA students are required to have a laptop computer that meets or exceeds the University’s recommended guidelines.
We strongly advise purchasing a Dell or Apple laptop that meets or exceeds the specifications below. Laptops that are not manufactured by Dell or Apple, and/or do not meet the minimum specifications will receive limited support from IT.
Minimum Specifications for Laptops
4th Generation Intel Core i5 processor
8 GB total RAM
256 GB solid state drive (SSD)
3 year warranty – Most notebooks come with a 1 year warranty. We recommend purchasing an additional 2 year warranty to cover your law school tenure.
It is highly recommended to add an Accidental Damage warranty to Dell laptop purchases.
Visit the Dell for Education website for educational pricing on Dell laptops.
Visit the Apple for Education website for student pricing on Apple laptops.
Microsoft Office is available for purchase by students currently enrolled at Northwestern University. Many laptops do not include Office when purchased. You may purchase Microsoft Office for a nominal fee by visiting the Northwestern Microsoft Office Student Purchase website. Another option is to download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at no cost from the Northwestern Office 365 Download website.
Other discounted software that may apply to your studies is available on the Northwestern University Student Software Program website.
Can I finance my computer purchase?
Yes. If you receive financial aid through the Law School, an additional $2,000 in funds will be provided for the purchase of a computer, printer, and software. Students have the option of declining this supplemental loan if additional funds are not needed.
If you have questions, contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (312) 503-8465 or the Chicago Campus Office of Financial Aid at (312) 503-8722.
Information for International Students
Due to U.S. 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 U.S. shipping address, or alternatively have their computer shipped to the Law School at:
c/o Northwestern Law IT Department
350 E Superior Ave MC B71
Chicago, IL 60611
This option is available for International Students only.