While the tablet revolution is changing the way many people think about computing and has turned upside down many aspects of how companies deliver services, these changes have not fully made it into the law school experience.
It’s true that with a keyboard, a tablet can be a great tool for typing, even outlining in a law school class but a tablet still is not a system that is supported for computer-based examinations.
At Pepperdine School of Law, students are not required to use a computer for exams but we do encourage it and you will find that we use the same system that the California Bar Exam uses (as well as over 40 other state jurisdictions).
The iPad, Android Tablets, and any other tablet-based systems are strongly discouraged for law students as a primary computing platform.
It is our intention to guide law students toward the best possible computing experience during their time in law school. As a law student you have a significant challenge in front of you (law school). Because of the intense nature of the law school experience you should have the best computer suited for your needs. This is not to say that you should not own a tablet at all, rather feel free to add a tablet to your stable of tools that includes a reliable laptop.
When taking notes in class, preparing outlines for study, drafting documents, and especially when taking exams, law students should have a reliable laptop computer. Tablet systems have come a long way but are not supported for the administration of exams at Pepperdine University School of Law.
Law students are strongly encouraged to acquire and maintain a reliable laptop computer while in law school. Use of a tablet system (iOS, Android, Windows RT on an MS Surface) is strongly discouraged and is not supported for exam administrations.