New Skills, New Learning: Legal Education and the Promise of New Technology

33 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2007  

Gene Koo

Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

Date Written: March 26, 2007

Abstract

Today's legal workplace demands technology-related skills that the traditional law school curriculum does not cover. The original research conducted for this white paper finds that these skills include organizing complex distributed teams, exploiting data and information on the Web, and "meta-lawyering" (establishing systems of practice). The study also finds that traditional methods of training such as apprenticeship have eroded in recent years and that law schools often overlook skills education, leaving a large gap in training of all skills and not just technology-related ones. The paper discusses how thoughtful use of pedagogical technology can address these needs, arguing for integrated and authentic learning experiences rather than "teaching technology" in the abstract.

Keywords: legal education, legal technology, skills training, technology skills, pedagogy, instructional technology

Suggested Citation

Koo, Gene, New Skills, New Learning: Legal Education and the Promise of New Technology (March 26, 2007). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2007-4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=976646 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.976646

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