UVic Law Student Technology Survey

Hot off the presses from Rich McCue, sysadmin at UVic Law: UVic Law Student Technology Survey 2010. There were new questions on this year’s survey concerning the mobile technology that UVic students arrive at law school with. Here’s the executive summary:

  • 30% of students own “Smart Phones” that can browse the internet.
  • 97% of students own laptops, and over 60% own both a laptop and a desktop computer.
  • 39% of student laptops are Macs.
  • The average laptop price dropped to $1,200 from $1400 in 2007, and from $2,100 in 2004.
  • 82% of students bring their laptops to school almost every day.
  • 86% of students own MP3 players capable of listening to recorded lectures.
  • 54% of students use Gmail as their primary email account, 18% use UVic email and 15% Hotmail.
  • 58% of students identified MS Word as their favorite tool for collaborative document editing. 27% chose Google Docs, 5% OpenOffice Writer & 10% “Other”.
  • 100% of students now have access to high speed internet at their homes.
  • 86% of students use Facebook and 65% of those students would like to see law school events and activities published on Facebook as well as through the online faculty calendar of events.

The student comments in the section on Facebook are particularly interesting. If any other law school has done a similar survey, we’d be pleased to hear about it.


  1. Most if not all law school events are publicized through Facebook, but usually through other students.

  2. Very interesting survey results… What I find the most interesting is the 27% using Google docs for collaboration. This seems to be a significant number and speaks volumes to the acceptance of cloud computing and open approaches within the legal student body. IMHO, this will increasingly influence collaborative approaches in the coming years.
    I think this post should also be read with this; http://www.law21.ca/2010/03/17/the-platform-is-changing/
    Be Well…

  3. So here’s another provocative question.

    I know of law students who not only don’t know what Google Documents is, but don’t know how to use “track changes” on Microsoft Word, which has been around for a very long time. Yet, they are heading to major law firms in Toronto.

    I can understand when this situation arises with students from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not have had early access to technology. But when this incompetence arises more directly out of a preference for clubs than computers, and a dislike for collaboration with others of any type, are there some key skills young professionals are missing out on here?

  4. Were the questions worded in any particular way, or was it simply a “choose your answer from the list provided,” type of survey?

    In particular it is the question regarding the “favorite tool for collaborative document editing,” that I am curious about, as I am surprised to see that the use of wiki’s -likely lumped with “other” – is so low.