You could be hard-pressed to find a bigger proponent of using technology in the classroom to enhance the learning experience, from using computers, to tablet devices, and encouraging schools to consider video applications.
As technology expands the classroom, there will no doubt be temptation to further reduce overhead by minimizing the number of classes that are held in person. While I still think using technology is an asset, schools should emphasize face-face interactions, instead of minimizing them with online teaching.
Lawyers need people skills
The best class I took involved role playing with actors, who posed as our clients. There is absolutely no substitute for that type of experience. To make sure we learned from our experience, the professor taped all of our interactions, and we had to watch ourselves and critique accordingly.
Regardless of how self-aware you think you are, watching yourself interact with clients is an invaluable experience. Classes like this are a great example of why person-to-person contact is so important, but also how technology can help students learn.
The best networking is done in person
You might hate that person next to you in law school who chats on IM all day, but that person could be become a great source of knowledge after law school. Sure, you will stay in touch with your friends, but some of the most valuable networking after law school happens with people that you “kinda” knew.
Law school can be a poor predictor of careers—you might be surprised who could end up helping you down the road, if you are nice to them in school. Instead of checking your email every time you sit down for class, try making some small talk.