Portable Learning for the 21st Century Law School: Designing a New Pedagogy for the Modern Global Context

32 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2009 Last revised: 28 Jan 2014

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Catherine Ross Dunham

Elon University School of Law

Steven Friedland

Elon University School of Law

Date Written: January 2, 2009

Abstract

In the 20th Century, stationary fixed-location learning was the centerpiece of traditional legal education. The learning of new material occurred in a classroom, stretched in a linear fashion to a library for review and continuation, and returned to the classroom to repeat the cycle. This type of learning was replicated on a regular basis, culminating in a single summative examination of performance. In the 21st Century, however, law students and law practice have changed dramatically. With globalization and advanced technology creating a wide array of new demands, learning has become portable, with Web-based distance learning and educational platforms, pod casts, blogs and interactive, wiki-based outlining. A reconception of legal education incorporating portability has created significant opportunity for refinement and modification of the traditional stationary construction of legal education. It also has yielded many implications, such as what learning should occur in fixed-space classrooms and what should become portable.

Suggested Citation

Dunham, Catherine Ross and Friedland, Steven, Portable Learning for the 21st Century Law School: Designing a New Pedagogy for the Modern Global Context (January 2, 2009). John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2009, Elon University Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1322465 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1322465

Catherine Ross Dunham (Contact Author)

Elon University School of Law ( email )

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Greensboro, NC 27401
United States

Steven Friedland

Elon University School of Law ( email )

201 N. Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
United States

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