I don't want to get so caught up in the format that I'm losing out on the content, but I want to think about a method that will work for me before I get there.
You are right to be concerned about getting caught up in form over substance - I saw many law school brethren spend way too much time making perfect outlines rather than memorizing and appyling the law.
I took notes in Word my first year. I did well. But I took notes by hand for my other two years, and knocked it out of the ballpark. I wish I had taken notes by hand for all three years. The biggest problem with notetaking on the computer is the fact that it is so easy to get distracted either 1) by the internet, or 2) by being a slave to form. I got distracted by both, which is why I switched to handwritten notes.
Thanks for your reply. I'm guessing that the other two posters are saying the same thing about getting caught up in form, or they're just jerks. I type way faster than I write - did you ever feel like you couldn't keep up?