Are ‘Digital Natives’ Equipped to Conquer the Legal Landscape?

Legal Information Management 13 (2013) 172

University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 26/2013

11 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2013 Last revised: 6 Apr 2016

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Daniel Bates

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 19, 2013

Abstract

There is no doubt that those often called the ‘Google Generation’ or ‘Digital Natives’ are entering legal education with a very different set of skills that those who came before them. In this article, Daniel Bates examines the precise nature of the skillset of modern beginning their legal careers, and considers his experiences teaching research skills to law students at the University of Cambridge for over a decade. Further, he considers how students’ educational and cultural background in the areas of research and information literacy should inform the teaching of legal skills.

Keywords: legal research, legal research skills, information literacy, digital literacy, digital native, google generation, competence theory, satisficing, internet

JEL Classification: K00, K4, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Bates, Daniel, Are ‘Digital Natives’ Equipped to Conquer the Legal Landscape? (July 19, 2013). Legal Information Management 13 (2013) 172, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 26/2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2313115

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