A Review of the Development of an Internet Delivered LL.M Program in the United States
2001(3) Journal of Information, Law & Technology, 2001
48 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2013 Last revised: 8 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 7, 2001
This article reviews the elements to develop an Internet-delivered (online) legal education program, written by the pioneer of distance legal education leveraging the Internet, who began such in 1994.
The article comprises four sections. Part 1 addresses the economics reasons for, and logistics considerations of, the Internet-delivered Program. Part 2 reviews the pedagogical approach to legal education employed in the United States, criticisms thereof, and finally examines an emerging pedagogical trend in the United Kingdom. Part 3 reviews the teaching tools employed in the Program, and Part 4 reviews the practical aspects of developing the Program and obtaining American Bar Association (ABA) acquiescence, and reviews the Internet-delivered law courses that came before it. Finally, the article concludes with some personal observations.
excerpt: Alternative Methods Suggested by US Academics to Accomplish Goals …
Professors Davis and Steinglass suggest that law professors employ complementary teaching methods to the Socratic method to ensure that every student is actively participating and thinking. Some of their suggested methods include such things as requesting students to write their thoughts out in class and bring written responses that will be shared in pairs or small groups in addition to organizing classes to including small group discussions in which students can speak more comfortably and develop ideas that can then be discussed in the larger group, to analyze cases through role playing, the assignment of problems and even creating on-line discussions that will assist students who are wary of speaking in public or of speaking extemporaneously and will address a broader range of subject matter than can be addressed in time-limited classes. ...
Keywords: LL.M program, International Tax and Financial Services, American legal education, UK legal education, British legal education, Internet-delivered law courses, C&IT in legal education, CAL, CBL, Socratic method, alternatives to Socratic method
JEL Classification: K19, K23
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