Buying a Computer

Marquette University does not require that law students purchase a laptop, however, it is recommended. The majority of in-class final exams are offered with the option of typing the exam on your laptop.  The Law School uses SofTest from ExamSoft for in-class final exams. Softest is available for Windows and Mac. The law school offers wireless internet access throughout the entire building. Rooms 216 and 226 have computers which make it easy to utilize library resources without a laptop.

Purchasing a Computer

It is important to balance quality and performance with cost.

Here are the system requirements for Softest.

Processor 1.86Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or greater
Memory minimal recommended for the operating system or 2GB RAM
Hard Drive highest recommended for the operating system or 1 GB of free space.
Operating System 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
Screen Resolution must be 1024x768 or higher
Windows Notes:

Surface Pro Requirements for Softest:

  • Surface Pro 1, 2 & 3 (Surface RT tablets are not supported).
  • External Keyboard (USB or Bluetooth) required. Bluetooth keyboards must be paired prior to launching exam.
  • Hard Drive: Minimum of 1GB available space.
  • Adobe Reader XI is required for exams containing PDF attachments.
  • Internet connection for SofTest Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload.
  • Screen Resolution must be 1920x1080.
  • Administrator level account permissions.
Processor Intel processor
Memory 2GB RAM or higher
Hard Drive 1 GB or higher free disk space
Operating System OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7 (Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite). Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported. (El Capitan is NOT supported at this time).
Mac Notes:

SofTest cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments.



Minimum: 1 year (parts & labor)

Recommended: 3 years (parts & labor)


USB drive 2 GB for portable storage and document backup



Second battery for laptop

Carrying case for laptop


Vendor Recommendations

Marquette University uses several computer vendors to purchase their equipment. The University has also negotiated student discounts with these vendors. Law students are not required to purchase from these companies, they are only intended as suggestions.

CDWG Computers Store for Marquette Students

Contact: Lance Busdeker at or (866) 339-4896

Apple Store for Education

Toll-free: 1-800-780-5009

Note: Students are responsible for maintaining their personal computers. Marquette University and the Media and Technology Group do not provide repair or diagnostic services for student owned computers. Students should use their computer vendor for diagnosis and repair. The Media and Technology Group is able to assist students with connecting to, or using University resources.