Technology Requirements

Berkeley Law Online Minimum Technology Requirements

Berkeley Law Online courses are designed to run on basic computer models as well as modern mobile devices such as iPhones and Android devices. In general, a computer 5 years old or newer should meet the minimum requirements.

Computer Specifications

Operating Systems

  • Windows XP SP3 and newer (Windows 7 and newer recommended)

NOTE: Windows XP  will no longer be supported by Microsoft on April 2014. Learn what that will mean for you by visiting Microsoft’s support website.

  • Mac OSX 10.7  and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

In general, a computer 5 years old or newer meets the minimum requirements.

  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Minimum of 512kbps (1mbps recommended for lecture videos. 4mbps for viewing in HD)

Screen Size

In general, a netbook will meet the minimum screen size requirements.

  • A minimum of 1024×600 ppi.


It is recommended that you keep your browser updated to a recent version.

  • Internet Explorer version 8*, 9  and newer

* Windows XP can use Internet Explorer 8 with a Chrome frame plugin

  • Safari version 6 and newer
  • Firefox version 24 and newer
  • Chrome version 29 and newer

Browser Plugins

It is recommended that you update Flash and Java regularly to the current version.

  • Flash version 10 and newer

Flash may be required to watch videos, record videos and submit assignments.

Java is required for sharing your computer screen during optional web conferences.

Webcam and microphones

Some features, such as video conferencing and recording video, require you to have a webcam and microphone. Many computers purchased in the past 5 years have a webcam and microphone built in.

Mobile Device Specifications

Tablets and smartphones may be used to access the courses using their browsers or through the Canvas App.


Mobile App

Our platform uses Canvas as our course management system. Canvas has a mobile app for iPhone and Android phones. With the mobile app, students will be able to participate in discussions, send and receive messages, view some course content and get course notifications. Some content may be organized differently and/or lack features and content in the mobile app.

  • Apple iOS 6 and newer
  • Google Android OS


Mobile Browsers

Our courses are optimized for laptops and desktop computers. Accessing content from a mobile browser may be more difficult and some features or content that require flash may be missing.

  • Apple iOS
    • Safari (default)
    • Chrome
    • Photon


  • Google Android
    • Internet (default)
    • Chrome
    • Firefox