Are Laptops Too Tempting? Most 2Ls and 3Ls Doodle for More than Half the Class, Study Finds

Law students in upper-year courses are being distracted—a lot—by their laptops in class, a new study has found.

St. John's University law professor Jeff Sovern sent observers into six classrooms and found that 58 percent of the upper-year students using laptops spent at least half the class using the devices for outside purposes. Another 29 percent were distracted more than five minutes but less than half the time per class. “Those numbers raise serious questions about how much students are learning in class,” Sovern writes in a paper posted at SSRN.

Are Laptops Too Tempting? Most 2Ls and 3Ls Doodle for More than Half the Class, Study Finds