Florida State University College of Law offers a secured wireless network for student use throughout all buildings. We believe that it is important to prepare our students to be technologically sophisticated in the use of computers and computerized legal research.
Among the features and applications available to students are the following:
All incoming students are required to have access to a laptop computer which can access the law school's wireless network. These computers will be used for legal research, computer-based exams, and in-class participation.
If you already have a laptop running Microsoft Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you may continue to use it as a student at Florida State College of Law. The standard on the wireless network is currently 802.11g, common in all current laptops. Please be aware that compatibility problems may exist because it is not possible to test all models of computers and wireless cards with the wireless network. It may be possible that you have hardware with irresolvable compatibility issues. You should also consider the age of your current laptop. If it is more than two years old, it may work well for you now, but will probably not last throughout your law school career.
If you are purchasing a new laptop, we highly recommend you stay with the major, nationally recognized brands. Dell, HP, IBM, Samsung, Asus and Macintosh are all known to make good, reliable machines. However, quality can taper off rapidly when you get into the less well-known brands. Because laptop computers are commonly jostled, and because repairs on laptops tend to be very expensive, we urge you to also purchase at least a three-year extended warranty. While the computer support department will attempt to assist you with some laptop computer problems, we cannot provide hardware support.
A well-padded carrying case is advised. A Kensington lock to secure the laptop while unattended may also be a good value. No laptop should be left unattended and unsecured.
For information on how to configure your computer to connect to the wireless network, students are encouraged to visit http://its.fsu.edu/Network/NetworkMainCampus/WiFi.
Students who will be seeking financial aid should be aware that the cost of a laptop computer can be added to the student's budget for purposes of computing financial aid under the guidelines of the U.S. Office of Education. Federal Regulations now allow the University to take the documented cost of your computer purchased for your studies into account when determining your eligibility for loan assistance. For the vast majority of students, the increased eligibility will be in the form of private student loan funding. If you have questions about the financial aid application process, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 850.644.2310 for detailed information, before purchasing your laptop.
Microsoft Windows based laptop computers are recommended. We do however provide limited support for Macintosh laptops. In order for your laptop to fulfill the requirement, it must have the following
The specifications below are intended to help guide you in the purchase of a new laptop. You are not required to purchase a laptop that meets or exceeds these specifications, but doing so will help to ensure that your laptop remains useful throughout your law school career.
You may want to consider some added options, such as an extra battery, a security cable and/or theft insurance.
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