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Teaching Law with Online Role-Playing Simulations


Ira Steven Nathenson


St. Thomas University School of Law

June 1, 2011


Abstract:     
This document contains materials prepared for the summer 2011 conference of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning held at New York Law School. The concise materials include: a listing of useful online tools; documentation for a miniature simulation; suggested components of an "associate" case file; methodology for formative and summative evaluation; and a sample scoresheet incorporating all ten MacCrate skills.

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Live websites provide a dynamic “sandbox” for role-playing simulations that cast students as “lawyers” acting for fictional clients. Such simulations, initially crafted for a Cyberlaw class, can also be used in a wide variety of other courses. This provides a highly configurable platform for the immersive and holistic learning of knowledge, skills, and professional identity, including realistic fact-finding, advocacy, negotiation, ethical traps, and much more. The workshop will first provide background on relevant technology and methodology. Second will be a mini role-playing exercise using the live internet. Last will be a discussion of the benefits and challenges of online simulations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Carnegie Report, MacCrate Report, Best Practices for Legal Education, pedagogy, simulations, cyberlaw, teaching

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Date posted: June 21, 2011  

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Nathenson, Ira Steven, Teaching Law with Online Role-Playing Simulations (June 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1865880 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1865880

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Ira Steven Nathenson (Contact Author)
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