Law school doesn’t require a beastly laptop, and you might even get away with a tablet PC. You will mostly be typing reports, taking notes, and reading eBooks in law school. Maybe connecting to the campus Wi-Fi or download some music in your spare time.
So our top choice for the best law school laptop is the Lenovo Legion 5.
Yes, it’s marketed as a gaming laptop and has dedicated graphics. But in reality, this is an excellent thin & light all-rounder which provides much more processing power than a MacBook for less money.
Read on to learn more about the Legion 5 and other laptops on this list that are perfect for law students.
Here is our list of 7 best laptop for law school:
It is not exactly a professional business machine like we’re used to from Lenovo. This isn’t an IdeaPad or ThinkPad like what we recommend to most students in engineering, medical, or business school.
But since it offers such excellent value for money and has some really good graphics for games and video editing, we felt it had to be considered as a contender.
And it isn’t just a contender, it wins outright in terms of power and ergonomics. The keyboard is excellent for what is otherwise a gaming oriented laptop from the Legion lineup, and it feels great to type long articles/ blogs on.
So you will have no issues making your reports/ projects on this machine, especially with how fast and snappy it feels.
That Ryzen 7 4800H processor is an absolute beast, and it is the 2nd fastest laptop processor you can buy right now.
No surprise this laptop packs a bunch of muscle, the only way to beat it in terms of CPU performance is by getting a laptop that has a Ryzen 9 4900HS. Or a desktop 9900k/ 10900k processor. Even the i9 9980HK or 10980HK can’t match up to the Ryzen 7 4800H.
Want a MacBook Pro but can’t afford the exorbitant price tag? Well, ASUS has your back- check out the ZenBook 15. It has more processing power than most MacBooks, and it costs less.
Plus, the laptop itself is actually very well built and comes with an excellent 4k NanoEdge thin bezel display that looks absolutely stunning.
The trackpad and keyboard are also premium in design and feel, a pleasure to work with. Especially if you are someone who uses their computer for several hours each day.
This laptop is ideal for writing reports, blogs, articles, notes, etc. It is also an excellent choice for casual gaming and watching movies thanks to the GTX 1650 graphics and 4k display.
And lets not forget the innovative touchscreen design for the trackpad which also functions as a secondary display where you can house shortcuts, application windows, etc.
This might be one of the cheapest 2-in-1 laptops we’ve ever seen, and its from Jumper- some obscure Chinese brand. They do seem to make quality products though, however their support network in NA isn’t quite a thing.
So if something breaks down within a year, you’re paying to get it fixed. The chassis has straight, angular lines with slightly rounded edges and seems pretty tough.
It doesn’t have the latest 10th generation or 11th generation Intel processors inside, but the Celeron Quad Core is more than enough for tasks like web browsing or MS Word.
It has a decent keyboard which is comfortable and feels tactile despite the underwhelming key travel. And overall build quality isn’t too shabby for the price. It charges via Type C, which is an excellent thing to have on such a compact 11” notebook that you can carry everywhere alongside your phone.
And the best part is that it comes with 6GB of RAM, which is way more than the standard 2 or 4GB in netbooks at this price range. Finally, you get an actual SSD, instead of cheap and unreliable eMMC storage.
An excellent allrounder from Acer, this laptop has everything you need as a law school student. A good display, 7 to 8 hours of battery life while working in MS Office or web browsing, a solidly built chassis that doesn’t bend or flex in the bag.
And sufficient processing power thanks to an Intel 10th generation Core i5 processor, combined with 8GB of DDR4 RAM which lets you multitask with ease.
The 512GB NVMe SSD is extremely fast, and a NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU ensures that you breeze through any photo or video editing workloads. Or even some light indie gaming in your spare time. The display is full HD (1920 x 1080) and IPS, so colors and viewing angles shouldn’t be an issue.
Sleek and stylish, the VivoBook S15 is for creative and passionate individuals who like a laptop that reflects their personality. It is designed to be with you at all times, and achieves that with a very slim body that is also just under 4lbs in weight.
Battery life is around 10 hours if you lower screen brightness and only browse the web or write stuff in MS Word.
Build quality is good, and fast charging mean the battery goes from 0 to 60 percent in just 49 minutes. You also get Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).
Touchpad has intelligent palm rejection technology, so you don’t accidentally move the cursor or select something with the edge of your palm while typing on the keyboard.
The full-size keyboard itself is awesome with 1.4mm of key travel that feels super satisfying (and it’s backlit).
Samsung has been making laptops for a while now, even though they are mostly unnoticed much like Sony’s Vaio lineup (which isn’t a thing anymore and was shut down).
The Galaxy Book Ion is however an excellent machine with a QLED display that is much more color accurate and brighter than any IPS at this price range.
It also has this sleek and minimalistic design which works perfectly if you’re a student in search of something thin and light that doesn’t stand out too much.
The Galaxy Book Ion feels solid in the hands, with no flex or bending in any part of the chassis.
It has all the latest features like Wi-Fi 6 and USB Type C, as well as a fast charging battery that lasts over 12 hours with moderate usage.
A 13.5” touchscreen, i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. All in the form of a 2-in-1 laptop that weighs under 3lbs and has a folded thickness of 15 to 23mm. Oh, and you can detach the screen.
The bottom half just has the keyboard and battery, all the important stuff is contained inside the little tablet module. How Microsoft managed to fit all that power inside a 13.5” tablet PC is hard to comprehend, but the result is amazing.
This power and convenience doesn’t come for cheap, the Surface Book 3 with an i7 and 32GB of RAM is the most expensive laptop on our list.
But if you are the kind of person who travels a lot and values mobility without sacrificing performance, this is it. It has one of the best keyboards on any laptop out there, probably the best performance per lb. of weight and is built like tank.
Law school doesn’t require a specific type of laptop. You can bring your existing laptop to law school, provided it isn’t ancient technology from 2010.
Still, if you’re looking to purchase a brand new laptop for studying law, we suggest a good midranger from any of the name brands. About 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB or more of storage space (SSD only), and a FHD IPS display is standard.
This much will get you through law school without any hiccups. Also, make sure the laptop has a good keyboard since you’ll be doing a lot of typing. And around 8 to 10 hours of battery life, less will do if you have convenient access to a wall outlet at all times.
Our top choice actually suffers from mediocre battery life, but it has more than enough raw performance to make up for it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. : Is it a good idea to get a Samsung laptop when there are choices from Dell, HP, Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, etc.?
A. Samsung laptops are slightly more expensive in terms of what they offer compared to value brands like Lenovo and HP, but they have cool quirks. For example, the Galaxy Book Ion has a Qi wireless charger built into the trackpad.
On top of that, Samsung laptops have some of the best displays in the industry, thanks to their experience with OLED technology in mobile devices and TVs.
Q. : How to make the most of my battery life if the laptop is too power hungry or doesn’t have a larger battery?
A. You can lower the brightness, switch to power saving mode in Windows, and only use applications that are light on hardware like browsers and word processors (no games).
Q. Is a 2-in-1 good for law school?
A. Honestly, you should think if a 2-in-1 is what fulfils your needs, law school or not. Law school doesn’t require a specific type of laptop and anything that serves you well at home will do the job here as well.
So if you like to draw and read eBooks in your spare time, a 2-in-1 with a touchscreen might be what you need. If you game and do CAD or video editing alongside studies, you should get a laptop with dedicated graphics and a display that has good color accuracy.
Q. Is the onboard audio that important in a laptop for school?
A. Not really unless you watch a ton of movies and listen to music or create music as a hobby. Even so, you’ll be using headphones a lot of the time in a dorm room unless you are enjoying content with your friends.
Q. My laptop doesn’t have Wi-Fi 6, how much of a disadvantage is it?
A. Unless your college/ university campus has Wi-Fi 6 routers you don’t have to worry about this one. Wi-Fi 6 does allow for much higher data throughput in clouded access points when a bunch of clients are using Wi-Fi at the same time.
Based on overall value and raw performance, the Lenovo Legion 5 is our top pick as the best laptop for law school. It has a nice balance of everything with only two downsides- the battery life and somewhat loud cooling system.
Still, the 2nd point is not an issue unless you are gaming or doing stuff in CAD because otherwise the cooling fans don’t ramp up too hard.
And if you want a more budget option, check out the Jumper EZbook X1. For those of you who own phones with wireless charging capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is a nice choice since you can charge your phone from the laptop’s trackpad.
The Galaxy Book Ion’s QLED display has the best color accuracy and brightness compared to any other laptop in this list. For maximum portability, check out the Microsoft Surface Book 3 2-in-1.