In Laptops in Class May Give Law Students an Edge, the National Law Journal reports that law school students who use their laptops in class are highly involved in classroom activities. According to a study, conducted at Indiana University, such students are more likely to come to class prepared, participate in class discussions and meet faculty expectations.
Despite the study, some law professors at Chicago-Kent College of Law are trying to ban laptop use in the classroom.
“Their argument is the students are prone to distraction, that they might sit there and do e-mail. I’ve never understood that opinion,” said Richard J. Gonzalez, an employment law professor at Chicago-Kent who supports students using laptops in class. “To me, our job as the professors is to hold their interest. If they’re bored enough that they’re doing other things, that’s kind of [the professor’s] fault.”
In addition to the laptop findings, the study revealed:
Students viewed clinics and professional responsibility courses as the most effective settings for learning legal ethics.
Students with higher grades spent more time participating in co-curricular activities.
Students who entered law school immediately after earning a B.A. spent more time socializing than other students.
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