Learning/Technology Workshop, PEARL, ANU College of Law

March 16, 2017

Today we’ve got a session at ANU College of Law PEARL centre, entitled Learning/Technology in Legal Education.  The session is another version of the Society of Legal Scholars session held last year in St Catherine’s College, Oxford; but with two new speakers — Kristoffer Greaves, who wrote one of the articles in the original special […]

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Afterthoughts on Legal Education in Crisis

March 6, 2017

So a massively busy two days.  I was planning to sneak off at some point to see U of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, and pay a quiet visit to the Dewey’s legacies there (he’s been much in my mind, being here, and I reread the late Laurel N. Tanner’s fine account before I came over), but […]

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Legal Education in Crisis? Workshop, Panel 5

March 6, 2017

Panel 5 was a Roundtable: Research Groups on Legal Education over a working lunch.  Beth Mertz was working us hard…  Present was the Association of American Law Schools (Jeff Allum, Pablo Molina).  Pablo introduced the services and media of AALS, including the Journal of Legal Education.  Jeff introduced the Before the JD project.   Next, the […]

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Legal Education Crisis? Workshop: Panel 3

March 5, 2017

Day two, and first up, John Bliss, ‘Becoming lawyers: mapping professional identity formation in the US and China’.  John gave an absorbing account of the reasons why students become certain lawyers, using identity maps – circles, where placing of roles and what the roles were etc, were crucial to understanding identity. Eg relations, particularly familial […]

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Legal Education in Crisis? Workshop, Panel 2

March 4, 2017

This panel focused on exploring external and internal aspects of law schools as institutions with structures and cultures of their own.  First up, Albert Yoon, ‘Scholarship and tenure in legal academia’.   The Law Review submission process — black box process.  Most disciplines have double or single blind systems of review — not so US […]

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Legal Education in Crisis? Workshop: Intro & Panel 1

March 4, 2017

At the behest of Beth Mertz I’m attending a two-day legal education workshop in Chicago – ‘Legal Education in Crisis? Bringing Researchers and Resources Together to Generate New Scientific Insights’.  I’ll be live-blogging the workshop.  More detail on it and the opening remarks below the fold.

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Badges – who do we trust, and why?

February 16, 2017

I’ve been interested in badges for a while now, and impressed with what the good folks over at Mozilla have been doing to create open badges. There’s a badge kit, discussed here, and you can carry your badges around in your backpack.  Cool stuff.

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In their spare time

December 2, 2016

Saw this recently on Legal Futures, one of my favourite online sources of professional legal news in E+W: Law students build app aimed at helping crime victims My eye was caught by this sentence: Mr Bull, LawBot’s founder and managing director, who is German and speaks six languages, wrote the software. So just to slow […]

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Simulation – emerging from the shadows

November 2, 2016

Roger Smith, who blogs at Law Technology and Access to Justice, invited me to contribute a post on use of digital legal education & sims – so I sketched out some context to Gina Alexandris’ earlier description a week or so ago on his blog of the use of sims in Ontario’s experimental Legal Practice […]

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