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Standard Software Suite

All computers purchased through ITS have the Law School’s standard software suite pre-installed.  Please consult with ITS on software purchases that are outside of the standard software suite. This will allow ITS to ensure the correct versions of the software are purchased, and alerting the community to potential issues with that software. Additionally, by keeping track of trends in software requests, ITS can determine when frequently requested software should be added to our standard software suite.

HLS IT will only provide support to systems running the Windows operating system or the Mac OS operating system. Additionally, it will only support operating systems that are up to our current standard, as listed below.

Standard Software Suite for Windows computers includes:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 2016 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams)
  • Adobe Acrobat (full version)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop
  • HLS VPN Client Software
  • Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox
  • Microsoft Endpoint & Defender Antivirus
  • Zoom

Additional Faculty and Faculty Assistant Software

ITS also provides (on request) and supports the following software for faculty assistants and on one Harvard-owned computer per faculty member:

  • Corel WordPerfect
  • EndNote

Additional licenses for these programs will be charged to the discretionary portion of the faculty member’s allowance as would other software like STATA or SPSS.

Apple Computers are not standard equipment, but they are supported by HLS IT in cases where they have been approved for purchase.

Standard Software Suite for Apple computers includes:

  • Mac OS X
  • Office 2016 (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Outlook
  • Adobe Acrobat (Full Version)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop
  • Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox
  • Crowdstrike Antivirus


Departments who wish to make additional software purchases are welcome to call the ITS Service Desk. The ITS Service Desk will gladly make the actual purchase of this additional software, however, we will need to bill this cost back to the department.