The Virtual Law School, 2.0

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3728114

__ J. Leg. Educ. __ (2022, Forthcoming)

59 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2020 Last revised: 8 Jan 2022

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A. Michael Froomkin

University of Miami - School of Law; Yale University - Yale Information Society Project

Date Written: December 20, 2020

Abstract

Just over twenty years ago I gave a talk to the AALS called The Virtual Law School? Or, How the Internet Will De-skill the Professoriate, and Turn Your Law School Into a Conference Center. I came to the subject because I had been working on Internet law, learning about virtual worlds and e-commerce, and about the power of one-to-many communications. It seemed to me that a lot of what I had learned applied to education in general and to legal education in particular.

It didn’t happen. Or at least, it has not happened yet. In this essay I want to revisit my predictions from twenty years ago in order to see why so little has changed (so far). The massive convulsion now being forced on law teaching due to the social distancing required to prevent COVID-19 transmission presents an occasion in which we are all forced to rethink how we deliver law teaching. After discussing why my predictions failed to manifest before 2020, I will argue that unless this pandemic is brought under control quickly, the market for legal education may force some radical changes on us—whether we like it or not, and that in the main my earlier predictions were not wrong, just premature.

Keywords: legal education, distance learning, COVID, de-skilling, law professors, law schools

Suggested Citation

Froomkin, A. Michael, The Virtual Law School, 2.0 (December 20, 2020). University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3728114, __ J. Leg. Educ. __ (2022, Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3728114 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3728114

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