Erasing Boundaries: Inter-School Collaboration and Its Pedagogical Opportunities

Newsletter of the Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing Section of the AALS, 2014

U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-28

19 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2014 Last revised: 25 Jun 2014

See all articles by David I. C. Thomson

David I. C. Thomson

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Ian Gallacher

Syracuse University - College of Law

Amy R. Stein

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Robin Boyle

St. John's University - School of Law

Date Written: May 30, 2014

Abstract

Experiential learning is all the rage in legal education today. And yet, educators throughout history have known that involving students in their learning and exposing them to practical applications of what they are learning increases student engagement and retention. But legal education is coming to this way of thinking somewhat late. This article, based on a presentation that the authors gave at the AALS conference in New York in January of 2014, suggests that technology opens up new possibilities for law schools by allowing students from different schools to participate in complex inter-school simulations that can, if carefully prepared, teach important lessons about lawyering skills, behavior, and provide rich opportunities for the development of professional identity. It can, in short, deepen and enrich the experiential learning opportunities that law schools offer. The article does not propose that law school faculty should teach or grade students from another school, but that the faculty can collaborate on problems that are more elaborate and complex than could realistically be produced within one school, and that students from different schools can work together as co-counsel, or in opposition to each other, in a variety of projects, with students from other schools serving as judges or arbitrators, witnesses, and clients.

Suggested Citation

Thomson, David I. C. and Gallacher, Ian and Stein, Amy R. and Boyle, Robin, Erasing Boundaries: Inter-School Collaboration and Its Pedagogical Opportunities (May 30, 2014). Newsletter of the Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing Section of the AALS, 2014; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2443947

David I. C. Thomson (Contact Author)

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/profile/david-thomson

Ian Gallacher

Syracuse University - College of Law ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
United States

Amy R. Stein

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law ( email )

121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States

Robin Boyle

St. John's University - School of Law ( email )

8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
United States

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