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Crisis in the Classroom: Using Simulations to Enhance Decision-Making Skills

11 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2012 Last revised: 16 Aug 2012

Shawn Marie Boyne

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: July 11, 2012

Abstract

Criticism leveled against the traditional law school curriculum, which has been principally based on the Langdellian appellate case method, has been on the rise during the past two decades. Factual investigation, communication, and negotiation skills are among the key skills underrepresented in the traditional curriculum. As law schools move to fill this gap, some law schools have adopted simulations typically used to train government and military personnel to hone students problem-solving and decision-making skills. Borrowing on a model honed at the S. J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah law school, I describe the challenges and benefits that I encountered in developing and implementing a counter-terrorism simulation involving law students as well as undergraduate public policy students.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Simulations, Terrorism, Decision-making skills

JEL Classification: International Law

Suggested Citation

Boyne, Shawn Marie, Crisis in the Classroom: Using Simulations to Enhance Decision-Making Skills (July 11, 2012). Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2103603 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2103603

Shawn Boyne (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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