i work as a computer tech and i would stay away from dells if i were you. usually when we see dells come in someone will say something like well what do you expect it's a dell.. i think the most reliable notebooks are going to be hp and toshiba in my opinion. best customer service, most reliable internal pieces and the most cost effective. another thing you really want to consider for anyone who is in law school is an external hard drive. you would definatly want to back up all your outlines, notes etc. I remember one time this girl came into our shop from temple law in the middle of november and hard drive went corrupt, she lost every note from the entire semester 2 weeks before finals. as you can imagine she was not happy.