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Laptop Recommendations for Students

Our core systems at Vermont Law School run on up-to-date Microsoft technology, including Exchange/Outlook for email. For an optimal technology experience, incoming students should give serious consideration to bringing a business-class laptop running Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and Internet Explorer 9.

If you are a current Mac owner, you are welcome to bring your Apple computer. However, you need to keep in mind that there are differences in how Microsoft products work on Apple devices as compared to PCs.

For mobile devices (phones, iPads, etc.), if you are not using a Windows-based Smart Phone, make sure that your device supports Microsoft ActiveSync (on some devices called Exchange Sync or Corporate Sync) and that you are familiar with the steps required to configure your device to work securely with Microsoft Exchange. Written instructions for configuring commonly used devices are available from the Technology department.

While the Technology department is able to provide general information about using your digital devices on campus, we do not provide in-depth technical or break-fix support. However, there are computer resellers in the area that are familiar with our technology infrastructure and are able to provide technical support as well as warranty support for both PCs and Macs.

Computer Labs

Students are welcome to use the public computers at the Computer Center Lab and in the library. There are currently 40 PCs, 2 eMacs, five laser printers, and two flatbed scanners available for student use. In addition, students use their own laptops to access our wireless network from much of the campus. (Please check with the Helpdesk staff if you need assistance.)

Standard office software is available on all the lab computers. Internet access is available from all locations. Access to WESTLAW and Lexis-Nexis is assigned to all students (by the library). Email and network file storage are available to students. Periodic orientation and training sessions are provided by the IT department staff for those students who require assistance.

Normal semester hours for the Computer Center lab are 8 a.m. to midnight weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. Holiday and summer semester hours vary and are posted at the Computer Center.

Getting Connected at your Residence

If you are a new student, you are probably interested in getting connected at your place of residence. At this time, VLS does not provide any internet services outside of the campus. However, there are a few service providers that you should contact if you are interested in getting high speed internet.

Charter Cable (South Royalton and surrounding areas)
Verizon (DSL)
SoverNet (DSL)

We recommend that you check with all of these providers to see what service is available at your address. Vermont Law School is nestled amidst rural surroundings, and it is definitely not safe to assume that you will be within reach of high speed service. If you are unable to attain service from the one of above providers, your options are to go with a satellite or dial-up provider. Here are some satellite internet providers that have been used by people in our community:

Direcway/HughesNet -
WildBlue -

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Barrister's Bookshop

Barrister's Bookshop, Inc., is a non-profit corporation organized by students to provide books and supplies to the Vermont Law School community at competitive prices. It contributes any excess of revenues over expenditures to student activities. Representatives from each academic class sit on its board of directors.