Director of Distance Learning and Associate Professor
Vermont Law School
Professor Rebecca Purdom is known for her work in water and natural resource management, environmental human rights, nonprofit management and policy, and sustainability education. She currently serves as the assistant dean of the Environmental Law Program at Vermont Law School, where she chairs the Distance Learning Program, works with the Center on Agriculture and Food Systems, and teaches in the environmental program. Professor Purdom chairs the Working Group for Distance Learning in Legal Education, a national group of law school faculty and practitioners focused on promoting reform in legal education. She received her BS degree in science journalism from Linfield College in 1992 and her JD and MSEL degrees from Vermont Law School in 1996, where she also served as managing editor of the Vermont Law Review.
New developments in technology and the globalization of markets are fundamentally changing the nature of legal practice, at the very moment advances in neuroscience, educational research and learning theory challenge traditional notions of legal education. Considered together, law schools and legal educators must address how significant disruption in both the legal and educational marketplaces will and should reshape the development of legal professionals. Professor Purdom examines new trends in legal practice, technologically moderated education, and the economics of law schools, and suggests that law schools, legal publishers, and the delivery of legal services should be radically reconsidered in light of the changing practice of law.
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