Although VLS does not have a mandatory computer requirement, owning a laptop is strongly recommended. Wireless coverage is available throughout the school and outdoor areas.
If you plan to purchase a laptop, we recommend either Dell (PC) or Apple (Mac) systems. The IT team provides minor hardware assistance for most systems but major warranty replacement and assistance with Dell and Apple laptops which are covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Support is provided for hardware and software issues relating to the operating system or software/applications related to academic purposes.
When purchasing a system, these are the system specifications we recommend:
Solid State drives offer increased speed and performance and are less prone to failure
Most new systems will offer more at a minimum but the above RAM size should be enough
The above specifications are the most important when choosing a device and most other options are negligible or fairly standard across devices, such as screen size, keyboard type or wireless speeds. Most manufacturers only differ in the above two specification items
Regardless of brand, we strongly recommend purchasing a 3-year warranty for your new laptop:
This covers accidental damage and all other hardware failures
Does not provide accidental damage protection but does provide extended hardware and software support
The Exam4 software used for all exams will limit supported operating systems: Windows and Mac OS X/macOS; ChromeOS is NOT supported by the makers of Exam4. No exceptions are made by the software vendor and therefore the IT team cannot provide support for non-approved operating systems.
Exam4 (the exam software used by Vanderbilt Law School) supports Windows 7-10 and Mac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" through 10.11 or "El Capitan."
Please note, Windows 8-10 provide built in antivirus support with Windows Defender and Windows Firewall is also built into Windows 7-10
Additional security software is not necessary but if wishing to purchase any, we recommend Kaspersky
For questions or if you need technical assistance, please stop by the VLS IT office in room 312 of the law library or submit a Tech Help request.
Chris Bransford, MBA, MCTS, ITIL
Manager, End User Services
Scott Nelsen, ACMT, MCDST
Lead Technical Support Specialist
Sr. Technical Support Specialist
Sr. Media Support Specialist