BILETA 2024: Legal education manifesto
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
1M ago
It was billed in the conference programme as the launch of the BILETA online teaching policy. But the document is more subtle and radical than this: a BILETA manifesto; not teaching-focused but learning-centred; not just online but education in the round. Why a manifesto, why now? There was a feeling that post-pandemic, with the drift back to f2f classes (aka go-backery, or Donald Schon’s ‘dynamic conservatism’), we needed a statement of what we had learned, where we were going with edtech. And so four academics associated with BILETA were commissioned to write a statement, which they rightly ..read more
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BILETA 2024: Legal education session 1
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
2M ago
Four papers. First up, Nick Scharf from East Anglia U, on an intriguing interdisciplinary topic: ‘Give the Drummer Some: Reflecting on the use of the drum kit to enhance student learning of copyright law’. As he describes it in his abstract ‘The approach outlined here breaks from the traditional question/answer/discussion structure of seminars and allows the students to be involved in a hands-on way to develop and enhance their understanding of copyright law.’ It also made for an absorbing and entertaining presentation that started out with kindergarten – ‘If you can count to four, you can pla ..read more
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BILETA 2024
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
2M ago
I’m at the two-day BILETA 2024 annual conference, held this year in Dublin, hosted by Dublin City University’s School of Law and Government. As an Honorary Vice President of BILETA I was invited by the Executive to participate in a roundtable on the newly-minted policy document, ‘A manifesto for the post-pandemic university’. The document describes itself modestly as a summary of lessons learned from ‘teaching (law) during Covid-19’, but is actually much more than that. I won’t have time during the session to liveblog it, so I’ll describe it later, and my responses to it. Browsing the programm ..read more
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‘Tis fifty years since
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
7M ago
Thanks to Alan Treleaven for sending me an interesting news item from the US National Center for State Courts (NCSC) that announced ‘the formation of an 18-month study committee that will examine the state of legal education and bar admission processes in the United States along with the decline in attorneys dedicating their careers to public interest and public sector practice.’ The Committee on Legal Education and Admissions Reform (CLEAR) aims to recommend to state supreme courts practical reforms to enhance legal education and diversify bar admission processes by June 2025. Their work will ..read more
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Redivivus
Paul Maharg
by wpadmin
7M ago
To all three of my readers, apologies for my disappearance over the past year and more. Many things intervened, including job changes, illness, house moves ending up here on the Isle of Skye; the acquisition of a giant collie and a motorbike (more of which anon), the renewal of old acquaintances, Hannah Arendt, Adam Ferguson and others, and the appearance of some remarkable and uncomfortable new ones – GPT4 among them. So what’s new? I’m now working part-time. I’m with Osgoode Professional Development, working on multimedia for professional lawyers, curriculum design and forms of simulation fo ..read more
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SC Workshop: Final plenary
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
7M ago
First, a word about the two sessions that weren’t recorded, namely the demo interview with Alexis Callen as lawyer and Dana Mohr as SC, and the panel: Alexis, Dana, Joan Rilling.  Alexis did exceptionally well as a 1L lawyer, and Dana was first rate at enacting the client, and then switching into feedback mode with Alexis.  Very good illustration of the power of the method in action.  The panel was an opportunity for our participants to ask student and SCs about their experiences, which worked well. And so to the wrap-up session, which was a lot more lively than I thought it mig ..read more
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SC Workshop: Simulated clients in PREP
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
7M ago
The final presentation of the workshop, from Erica Green and Angela Yenssen.  For background, see PREP.  Erica gave us a short overview of the PREP model (spiral learning, TELL > SHOW > PRACTICE > PERFORM > REFLECT > DEMONSTRATE). SCs were introduced throughout the 4 phases of the program thus: Phase 1: Foundation Modules LSIA Multimedia.  Students watch real lawyers interview simulated clients (good/bad performances) and are shown excerpts of the sim client feedback to the good and poor performances Phase 2: Foundation Workshops:  Students are introduced to ..read more
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SC Workshop: Making students client-ready: A new model in legal education
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
7M ago
John was the initiator of this radical bar program (running since 2005) in New Hampshire, working with the Supreme Court of NH to produce what has been a sigificant innovation in US legal education.  The graduates of the program achieve admission to the New Hampshire bar based upon demonstrated mastery of practical legal skills and substantive legal knowledge. Students create electronic portfolios of their work and meet repeatedly with bar examiners in what is a two-year, rather than two-day, bar examination. It is the only bar examination in the United States that uses standardized clien ..read more
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SC Workshop: demo interview & panel
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
7M ago
In these two sessions we’re focusing on how things look from the (student) lawyer and SC perspectives.  In the interview, our student did a superb job with a difficult scenario, which didn’t have an obviously legal solution to it, and required a bit more information to understand what seemed to be a straightforward storyline.  Our SC gave her a lot of useful and detailed feedback, which was remarkable for its openness and detail.  It was a good example of how useful SCs can be in giving feedback based upon the eight global criteria. The panel was typical in its format – intros ..read more
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SC Workshop: Noel Semple
Paul Maharg
by Paul Maharg
7M ago
Noel talked about his use of SCs at Windsor U Law JD program, in the Windsor Legal Practice Simulation (WLPS) which he directs.  It is a mandatory course for all 160 1L students. It takes place over 4 days in November, during which time the students have no other classes.  Simulated clients are an integral part of this experience, which is designed to teach dispute resolution, legal ethics, employment law, practice management, and other skills.   Students interview live simulated clients, and subsequently interact via email with instructors impersonating the same ..read more
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