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Educating the Digital Lawyer

One of the outputs from the FutureEd process is the e-book Educating the Digital Lawyer, edited by Oliver Goodenough and Marc Lauritsen and published by LexisNexis. You may access a complimentary copy of the volume in the e-book format here. If you have trouble accessing the volume, you may need an eBook reader. One such program, Adobe Digital Editions, can be found here. You can also access individual chapters in pdf format through the links at the bottom of this page.

You can learn more and continue the discussion at the LexisNexis page on this project.

Editors' Description:

Educating the Digital Lawyer
is a ground-breaking collection of essays organized around a central question: What will legal education look like as we train our graduates to be effective lawyers in the digital world of the 21st Century? The volume grows out of a pair of working conferences connected with the FutureEd initiative—one in October 2010 at Harvard Law School and one in April 2011 at Columbia Law School—that brought together several dozen academics and practitioners who are deeply interested in the technology of law and how law schools and other institutions should educate students and lawyers about it. We asked participants to contribute chapters to a compilation that would provide a snapshot of current ideas and aspirations. The resulting pieces cover a range of styles and targets, from short essays meant to provoke thought, to practical “how to” guides, and on to scholarly treatments of education theory and digital jurisprudence. What they have in common is an understanding that the digital revolution that is affecting so much of society is now changing how law works and, consequentially, how we in the legal academy need to go about teaching the next generation of lawyers who will inhabit—and help shape—this changed world of law.

This teaching will involve new courses on specific subjects like digital discovery, new educational techniques, like digitally-based simulations or the development of applications as student work projects, and new suites of courses and approaches, as “digital across the curriculum” becomes a goal. The volume provides material for thought and action for a broad group of readers, a starting point that reflects the beginning of an age of change, an age that will by necessity engage most of us who practice, teach, or study law as the Academy grapples with the challenges of Educating the Digital Lawyer.

Read individual chapters:

Table of Contents, Author Biographies & Introduction, by Marc Lauritsen & Oliver Goodenough

  1. What Does “Digital Lawyer" Mean?, by Brian Donnelly
  2. Lawyering in an Age of Intelligent Machines, by Marc Lauritsen
  3. Meta-What? Lawyers, Legal Training, and the Rise of Meta-Data for Digital Securities and Other Financial Contracts, by David M. Blaszkowsky & Matthew Reed
  4. Under the Hood of the Internet, by Harry Lewis
  5. Educating Superior Legal Professionals: Successful Modern Curricula Join Law and Technology, by Jeanne Eicks
  6. Survey of Existing Courses in Lawyer Use of Technology, by Brock Rutter
  7. Teaching Litigation Technology, by Fred Galves
  8. Cyberclinics: Law Schools, Technology and Justice, by Ronald W. Staudt
  9. Simulation: A Pedagogy Emerging from the Shadows, by Paul Maharg
  10. What Should Be in a Digital Curriculum: A Practitioner's Must Have List, by Stephanie Kimbro
  11. Law School Reset-Pedagogy, Andragogy & Second Life, by Barbara L. Bernier & F. Dennis Green
  12. A Critical Embracing of the Digital Lawyer, by Michael G. Bennett
  13. The Digital Lawyer's Evolving Education in Scholarly Research, by Gregg Gordon
  14. Afterword, by Oliver R. Goodenough


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