Onion wrote:When I was at Villanova for a tour, the 1L giving the tour said it was becoming popular among the professors to not allow computers to be used during class time. Can any Villanova students comment on this? My hand writing is so poor I can barely read it myself. Writing an exam or even just taking notes could be detrimental without a laptop for me.
I don't know about it becoming popular. My first semester we were allowed to use laptops in all classes. This semester, I only have one class that doesn't allow laptops (Con Law). I was annoyed, but honestly, it has worked out for the better.
Onion wrote:I should have asked about exams and if you are allowed to type them. Also, I feel like typing notes during class and then going back to edit/ supplement them would be preferable for me, rather than trying to decipher my handwriting and re-creating my notes a second time after class. As far as briefs and past notes, I suppose you could just keep a binder and continue to print stuff out along the way, thought I would think people constantly flipping back and forth and looking for paperwork would be more distracting to peers than if their neighbor was on the internet. I feel like by law school, people should have some degree of self control.
All exams can be taken on a laptop. It ends up working out, because you will take notes as you read, which you can type or write in the margins. Most people do what you said is "tedious"--that is, type notes and print out for class--but it's not as tedious as you think. It's actually very helpful because you have everything you need in a neatly typed sheet, so when you're called on you don't look like a donkey.
tsk070 wrote:When I visited last week, I went to a 1L elective class called Justice and Rights. Out of about 20-30 people in the class, none had their laptop open. I would bet that the professor doesn't allow their use.
Just a heads up...Justice and Rights is NOT a typical class. It is an elective, which most people took because they couldn't get one of the other electives offered to 1Ls, and its subject matter is more philosophical and policy oriented. Its a very academic class.