When I visited and sat in on a torts class, I saw maybe 1 or 2 laptops out of 40 people. How necessary is it to have one in class at Penn? I personally prefer hand-written notes anyway. Also I have a huge suspicion that the internet would prove far too tempting during class. Thoughts?
You don't need a laptop for notes. I find I type faster, so that's nice. OTOH, I do surf the internet waaayyyyy too much. In the end, I don't think surfing during class really hurts though... most of my studying was from copying information out of the textbook into an outline at the end of the semester. I felt pretty good (good, not great) about how the exams went, but I think my inadequacies have more to do with the fact I didn't outline during the semester than the fact I didn't pay attention enough during class.