Law professor bans laptops in class

I am really concerned for the next generation of lawyers if this is the best they have to offer. It seems a bunch of whinny law students at U of M have complained because their professor has banned the use of laptops in class.

On March 6, Professor June Entman warned her first-year law students by e-mail to bring pens and paper to take notes in class.

“My main concern was they were focusing on trying to transcribe every word that was I saying, rather than thinking and analyzing,” Entman said Monday. “The computers interfere with making eye contact. You’ve got this picket fence between you and the students.”

I tend to agree. When typing, your focus is on what you’re typing. When taking handwritten notes, your focus is still on what you are taking notes on. It makes perfect sense to me. Besides, doing a simple Google search for “laptop courtroom” will find plenty of articles where judges have banned laptops in their courtrooms. I can also that criminal courthouses might ban laptops for perfectly legitimate security concerns. How would these lawyers handle a criminal case if they weren’t able to use their laptop in the courthouse?

“If we continue without laptops, I’m out of here. I’m gone; I won’t be able to keep up,” said student Cory Winsett, who said his hand-written notes are incomplete and less organized.

Well, I don’t have any cookies to give you Mr. Winsett, perhaps you should get out and go into a different line off work that doesn’t require the use of a ball point pen.

At least these law students weren’t dumb enough to try to “Whoop that trick” though…..

[USATODAY.com - Law professor bans laptops in class, over student protest]

Hat tip to:
[moleskinerie: Law professor bans laptops in class]
For the heads up….

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3 Responses to Law professor bans laptops in class

  1. Terry Heaton says:

    Hidden in this controversy is the much bigger issue of laptops one day taking the place of much of what the legal profession does. The legal system has a vested interest in keeping everybody locked in the 20th Century, because, well, they need to protect their institution from the disruptive influence of technology.

    There is a LOT of money at stake, and, let’s face it, most of our lawMAKERS are lawYERS, who exploit the laws the MAKE on their own behalf. Sorry to seem so cynical, but this isn’t just about teaching people to think.

  2. Marc says:

    HM……Thanks for the comment Terry. That is an interesting angle. It still does prove my point that these youngstes are too stupid to see they’re shooting themselves in the foot…..

  3. Adam says:

    Well, this might be a different view than Terry’s comment. The other side of this is the educational issues. With the advent of phones that record video and audio,along witht the development of the laptop, clasrooms, even in high school, are no longer “safe” for the educators. In seconds, whatever is said in a classroom can be flashed over the ‘net. MANY teachers are concerned since they are frequently skewered very publicly for the opinions they pass off as “fact”. They are being held accountable for the words they use by the public (who frequently pay their salaries) AND by the institution itself if and when their comments appear. Imagine somebody streaming A/V over the net to others in theor “bunny slippers” Who get’s paid for that (circle to Terry’s point)

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