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Computer Services: Law Student Technology Requirements

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Mailing Address:

Thormodsgard Law Library
2968 2nd Avenue North
Stop 9004
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9004

Physical Address:

2968 2nd Avenue North
Grand Forks, ND

701.777.2204 Circulation Desk
701.777.4956 fax

Help Desk Hours

UND Help Desk:

Mon - Thu   8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday          8:00 am -   4:30 pm
Saturday     9:00 am -   4:00 pm
Sunday       3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Law Help Desk

Mon - Fri      8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Weekend/Holiday     Closed

Law Student Technology Requirements


Note: In addition to these requirements, students should review information from the main University Information Technology department page. This page will provide additional information on University services and resources that apply to School of Law students.


School of Law students are required to own a laptop computer that is compatible with software used for instruction and exams, and to own a headset that is compatible with their computer. The following information will assist you in ensuring that you are in compliance with these requirements.

Laptop Computer

Both PCs and Macs are supported. The following table provides both minimum requirements and recommendations for each type of computer




Operating System

Recommended: Windows 11*

Minimum Required:  Windows 10* versions: 20H2, 21H1 or 21H2

Recommended: OS 12* (Monterey)

Minimum Required: OS X 10.15* (Catalina)

Processor (CPU)

Recommended: Intel i5 or i7 or equivalent, or Apple M1

Minimum Required: Intel i3

Memory (RAM)

Recommended: 8 GB or higher

Minimum Required: 4 GB or higher

Screen size & resolution

Recommended: 14” or larger; 1440 x 900

Minimum Required: 12”; 1280 x 768, scaling at 100%

Hard Drive

Recommended: 256 GB or higher

Minimum Required: 128 GB

Webcam with microphone (most laptops have this  built in)

Required: Minimum resolution of 640 x 480 or greater


Required: Microsoft Office 365 and antivirus software (available for free to UND students)

Additional Requirements

· Students must have administrator access to their computers (this will typically be the case unless you are using a computer owned by someone else).

· Computers purchased in another country must have an English language pack installed.


· Chromebooks, iPads, and tablets are not compatible with the software UND School of Law uses for exams and, therefore, do not meet the laptop requirement. Additionally the test taking software does not support touchscreen input devices on Mac or Windows laptops. 

· Only genuine versions of Windows and Mac operating systems are supported.

· Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S are not supported.

· Virtual operating systems such as VMWare, Parallels, etc. are not supported.



Students are required to purchase a headset that is compatible with their computer for use when virtual learning is required. You may choose any headset that you’d like. However, to assist you, we have listed a few options:

Wired: Logitech H390; Logitech H540; Mpow
Wireless: Logitech H600; Airpods; Beats by Dre; Jabra Evolve 65

Internet Access

Students must have reliable Internet access when off-campus. The minimum required speed is 3 Mbps; we recommend a speed of 15 Mbps.

Backup Devices

It is recommended that students back up their files regularly. This can be done using an external hard drive, a flash drive, or a cloud-based system such as OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive. OneDrive is included free in your University Office account.