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Then there's the old credit card scan trick used by unscrupulous checkout clerks at gas stations and stores. Customer hands a credit card to the clerk. Clerk scans card in the reader and says that it "didn't take" on the first try, and scans it a second time. In reality, it DID take the first time and unbeknownst to the customer, the first scan is sitting in the system queue. Clerk rings up the real transaction on the second scan, and later pulls up the first scan to ring up a cashback transaction, pocketing the money. If a clerk ever scans a card and says it didn't work, insist on having that transaction voided (get a slip!) BEFORE letting the clerk scan again. Or better yet, shop at places where the customer scans the card.
There are probably a number of reasons why this is such an uphill battle. I can think of one right away: tradition. Traditional methods are so firmly embedded in legal academia that resistance to technological change is often the norm. For many in the "old guard," the system appears to work just fine as it is, and thus the view that such change is unnecessary. That's just human nature. Perhaps some take the view that "we had to do things the hard way, why should the new people have it any easier?" Certainly there is the concern for security in a testing environment, not to mention the risk of cheating. But there are numerous software utilities available that can be temporarily installed to lock out certain communications functions during a testing session. Or maybe they should just learn to put some trust in law students. What a concept. If we can't trust adults to do the right thing on an exam, how on earth will we trust them later with the real thing -- our clients? Damien's point is spot-on: if we are to send people out into a challenging and rapidly-evolving profession, why don't we give them the tools to succeed at it from the beginning? Cheers. Kevin S. Brady