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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 act in a consultative capacity, making sure the correct versions of the software are acquired, 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 Apple Macintosh 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 7 and Windows 10
  • Office 2010 and 2013 Professional (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Outlook
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Acrobat (full version)
  • HLS/FAS VPN Client Software
  • Internet Explorer and Firefox
  • Microsoft Endpoint & Defender Antivirus

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 2011 Professional (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Outlook
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Safari and Firefox
  • Microsoft Endpoint & Defender 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.