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