Chicago’s Internet Ban

The law school has banned (rendered impossible) internet access in classrooms, starting with my last quarter there, as reported here. This is very frustrating, because there are, in fact, legitimate reasons for using internet access during class. I confess to occasionally using it to check news, etc., but I also use in-class internet daily to access the Chalk site for a given class, download cases from Westlaw, research confusing concepts, IM about class (i.e., to get notes on something I missed), or otherwise… learn the law. That’s in classes like torts, property, and federal jurisdiction, not to mention, say, e-commerce law.

I am sure internet access in class is being abused more than it is being used wisely, but this seems both an unnecessary and unreasonable first step to remedying any problems that situation is creating.

Thoughts?