Teaching a Hybrid Administrative Law Simulation Class Using 'Jurassic Park'
Journal of Legal Education, forthcoming
47 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2021 Last revised: 9 Apr 2021
Date Written: February 19, 2021
For more than a decade, educators and scholars have been calling for changes in methods of instruction, especially in higher education, based on developments in the field of learning science. This has been true for legal education as well, but additionally based on fundamental shifts in the way legal employers, especially law firms, hire and train new lawyers. These suggested changes for legal education include more emphasis on professional skills training, leadership development, and teamwork. While there has been no dearth of writing about the need for change in legal education, and even about specific outcomes or goals for legal education, there has been comparatively much less writing about how specific methods of instruction should be modified to achieve these new outcomes. This essay outlines in some detail how use of a particular simulation approach to a traditional law school class, Administrative Law, can serve to meet the new demands on legal education going forward.
The essay innovates on several fronts. First, it makes the case for law school simulation classes, showing how an actual Administrative Law simulation allowed students to develop a holistic, practical understanding of the field, as opposed to just learning abstract concepts and doctrines. Next, the essay details how to structure a simulation class. Finally, it discusses how to successfully implement group work by law students (an important component of simulations) using technology such as Zoom, One Drive, and Google Docs.
Keywords: innovative teaching, carnegie report, legal education, legislative drafting, legislation, regulatory agency, regulation, administrative law, simulation
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