For students entering in Fall 2022

These requirements apply to all students enrolling in on-campus degree programs at the School of Law. This includes JD, LLM, and SJD degrees. There are separate computer requirements for the online MSL degree and certificate programs.

Minimum Requirements

Students are expected to have a laptop computer running a supported version of macOS or Windows which meets the following minimum requirements:


  • Operating System: 
    • macOS Monterey 12.0+ (Recommended)
      See for information about upgrading to macOS Monterey
      NOTE: As of October 24, 2022, macOS Ventura (13.0+) is supported
    • The previous two versions of macOS are also supported, but this changes annually. When a new version of macOS is released, this requirement becomes the new version of macOS and the two previous versions.
      NOTE: As of October 24, 2022, macOS Catalina (10.15.7 and earlier) is no longer supported
  • Processor: Apple M-series or Intel (Core i5 or greater)
  • Memory: 8 GB (or greater)
  • Storage: 25 GB of available disk space 
  • Functional webcam, microphone, and WiFi


  • Operating System:
    • Windows 11 (Recommended)
      "S mode" is not supported
    • Windows 10
      Version 21H2 is recommended; See for information about upgrading to version 21H2
      Versions 20H2 and 21H1 are also supported
      Versions 2004 and earlier are not supported
      "S mode" is not supported
  • Processor: Intel (Core i5 or greater)
    ARM-based processors are not supported
  • Memory: 8 GB (or greater)
  • Storage: 25 GB of available disk space 
  • Functional webcam, microphone, and WiFi
  • English (United States) Language Pack must be installed


  • Chromebooks are not supported
  • iPads and other tablets are not supported
  • You must have administrator privileges on your computer
  • You must have a licensed version of the operating system
  • Virtualization software may not be used to run the operating system


The following software is available to law students while enrolled at Wake Forest University. 

Office 365

This includes Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

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Adobe Creative Cloud

This includes Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for creating and editing PDF documents.

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This is the preferred video conferencing platform at Wake Forest University.

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This enables wireless screen sharing from Windows computers and Android devices in law school classrooms, courtrooms, and conference rooms. Macs and other Apple devices should use the native AirPlay functionality. 

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Google Drive

Use Google Drive for desktop to automatically backup your computer to the cloud. 

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Sophos Antivirus

Block ransomeware attacks and detect malware on your computer. 

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