The Law School has worked directly with Lenovo and Dell and indirectly via the BYU Store with Apple to identify models that are appropriate for law students.
For 1st year law students, the cost of your laptop (up to $1,500) can be added to your budget for purposes of computing financial aid under the guidelines of the U.S. Office of Education.
The links below can help you determine what model works best for you.
Most default warranties only cover 3 years. If you plan on using the computer you buy for the bar exam after three years of school, you probably want to postpone your purchase until August 1. For Lenovo laptops, both the 3 and 4 year warranties cover accidental damage. For Apple laptops, your MacBook Pro will come with a 1 year limited manufacture warranty. To be part of the laptop initiative you must purchase AppleCare+. This will extend the warranty to 3 years and provide accidental damage coverage as well as 24 x 7 Phone support. The 4 year Safeware Extended Service Plan is honored but not longer available through the BYU Store. You can bring your PC to the HelpDesk (459 JRCB), or to the computer repair desk at the BYU Store (3931 WSC).
The following links below are provided to help law students find the best option for their laptop needs. All of these models have on-site, accidental damage, and next business day support anywhere in the world.
Students who participate in the laptop initiative have access to the following services:
- Service calls by the HelpDesk (Apple Laptops need to be repaired by the BYU Store)
- Loaner laptops for those who have a laptop that is not functional or is being repaired
- Data Recovery for hard drive failure
- Unlimited time spent troubleshooting device problems
If you have questions about models or links, please contact the law school HelpDesk (801)-422-3884 (M-F; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
In order to obtain the special pricing negotiated for the Lenovo laptop models, you must purchase your laptop from a website set up for BYU law students by Lenovo. However due to recent computer shortages and extended shipping times we understand that it can be difficult finding a laptop. You are able to purchase the models listed below from wherever you choose. To be qualified for the laptop initiative, a laptop must come with Windows 10 pro and a 3-year next business day onsite warranty and accidental damage protection (These are usually sold separately so please make sure to purchases this for the laptop).
For the 2021-2022 school year, the following Lenovo laptop models are required for the laptop initiative:
- Thinkpad T14 gen 2
- Thinkpad T14s gen 2
- Thinkpad T14 gen 1
- Thinkpad T14s gen 1
- Thinkpad P1 gen 2
You should note that many of the optional components offered for sale by Lenovo on the purchasing website are optional items. You do not need to purchase these optional items in order to qualify for HelpDesk hardware and software support.
Laptops are also available from Dell at a discounted price. To receive the discount, you must purchase the laptop from the link below. Please make sure to get Extended warranty and accidental damage protection for at least 3 years with your laptop.
For the 2021-2022 school year, the following Dell laptops are approved for the laptop initiative:
Dell Latitude 5000 series
Dell Latitude 7000 series
Dell XPS models upon approval
For the 2021/2022 academic year, we will support the Apple MacBook Pro 13” and 16” retina display laptop.
The BYU Store sells MacBook Pros. You can follow the link below to the book store sales page. The page will show Macbooks Airs as well however these do not count for the laptop initiative. There are two major benefits from purchasing from BYU Store. The first is that you may be eligible to pay no sales tax. The second is that BYU offers the AppleCare+ warranty for less expensive than Apple does.
(When you checkout, you will be prompted for your Net ID.)
You can also call the bookstore directly at 801-422-5744