Umm... for all of you who play solitare or search the web during class - THANK YOU for making it easier for me to be in the top 10% of my class! There is no way I would be paying all of this money for a legal education to waste a second of it. It depends on the class for me. If it's a heavy notetaking class, I use my laptop. If the prof. is more interactive, I sometimes take notes by hand and transfer them to the laptop later. Come exam time, there is NO WAY that I would handwrite. I type 120 words/minute and I can get double or triple the info down vs. someone who is handwriting. But hey, don't listen. I like being in the top of the class.
The only reason to go to class is too learn which black letter law each particular prof emphasizes, as well as to get a feel for the quirky particulars of what a prof would expect on her exam.
Also, I second the notion that top students tend to take handwritten notes. Obviously there are some people at the top of the class (like the person in this thread that is top 5%) but I bet a higher percentage of top students take handwritten notes compared to lower-ranked students