I bought my MacBook Pro six and a half years ago when I was starting college. At the time, it was state of the art. That was before I contemplated going to law school. It has served me well but it is starting to show its age. The battery life is shortening and the charging cable is getting frayed. Apps don’t start up as quickly as they once did and they are laggy when they do. I would love to upgrade to a new laptop but I simply cannot afford one at this stage in my life.
Lately, I’ve been contemplating whether an iPad would serve my needs in law school. I will finish the fall semester of my 3L year next week. Then it’s one last semester and bar exam prep. This year, Target had a smoking deal on iPads for Black Friday. The price was ~1/10 of what I paid for my MacBook Pro so I bit the bullet and went for it.
Now, the rubber meets the road. I need to make this thing work for me. Obviously, I’ll need my laptop to run ExamSoft for finals. I’m realizing quickly as I type this post that I will need to find a good Bluetooth keyboard (suggestions are welcome!). I’ll also need to figure out the best apps to manage note taking and word processing.
I’m excited to try something new as I enter my last semester of law school. I’m hoping to chronicle my experience with it here. If others have tips, I would be happy to hear them!
UPDATE: (12/2/18) Knowing that I was going to need a keyboard to make this iPad a workable tool for law school, I picked up a Logitech Slim Folio keyboard/case on Amazon. As a case, it feels really solid. I feel a lot safer toting this thing around with me with the case on it. The keyboard is super responsive as well.
I’m currently searching for an easy way to insert the section (§) and paragraph (¶) symbols into Microsoft Word documents. If anyone has any tips in this area, I would be interested to hear them! My current fix is to have “¶” set as a text replacement when I type “para” and “§” when I type “sec.”
I also found the blog “iPhone JD” which looks to be a huge resource for lawyers and law students using iPads and iPhones for work and school.