Envisioning a 21st-Century Legal Education
30 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2013 Last revised: 30 Oct 2014
Date Written: June 16, 2013
This article briefly considers the impact of digital technologies on legal education in the 21st Century, such as adaptive learning software, digital assessments of learning outcomes, open course-ware, video capture, simulated role plays, educational gaming, customizable digital textbooks, online courses, video and online conferencing, social networking, online communities, and digital scholarship. It also recognizes the increasing engagement of digital educational resources in higher education generally, as well as by other professional education programs such as business schools, medical schools, and schools of education at universities including Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, and Stanford University. The article concludes that the emerging omnipresence of digital technologies in legal education is inescapable. Thus, legal educators must provide leadership and vision, partnering with publishers and software programmers and developers, so that we can ensure that our students receive the best legal education possible in the Digital Age. If we do not, commercial enterprises will simply dictate our teaching resources and methods and, in the process, perhaps our obsolescence.
Keywords: legal education, law school, educational theory, online learning, blended learning, MOOCs
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