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... how technology can play an important role in facilitating change in legal education. Indeed, the book posits that the only way out of the change/cost conundrum is through the judicious, intentional, and pervasive application of technology throughout legal education. It also suggests that these changes are increasingly urgent. We must teach in a way that more effectively prepares this generation - and future generations - for the practice of law they will enter, and leveraging technology can help us do that.

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction:

Legal education is at a crossroads. As today’s media-saturated students enter law school, they find themselves thrust into old style lecture-oriented, casebook modes of instruction, much of which is over 100 years old. Over those years legal education has resisted many studies recommending change, most recently those from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Clinical Legal Education Association. Meanwhile the cost of legal education has skyrocketed, many law students graduate with crushing debt they have difficulty paying back, and at the same time find that their training has left them ill-equipped to adapt to an ever-changing global marketplace. These factors are likely to worsen in the next few years, setting up a perfect storm out of which can come significant change.

Legal education has successfully resisted systemic change for many years. But now change is knocking insistently on the door. The Internet has achieved massive growth. A generation of students has grown up with the sophisticated and pervasive use of technology in nearly every facet of their lives. Computers are how today’s young people communicate and learn. Law schools need to recognize this and adapt to it. Fortunately, this same technology presents legal educators with a golden opportunity to reach students unlike any that have been available before.

This book describes how this storm of a generational change both should and will transform the face of legal education as we know it today. It covers the new ways our students learn, the pedagogical shifts that are occurring inside and outside the classroom, a new breed of hybrid textbooks that will appear, and effective new methods of active, interactive and hypertextual learning. Most important, this book describes simple ways in which teachers can harness this shift to better prepare law students now for the practice of law tomorrow.


PDF If you would like to read more, Chapter 2 from the book is available at this link at SSRN. Or, to order a copy of Law School 2.0, visit this link at Amazon, or contact LexisNexis.


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