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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

MOOCs and the Rise of Online Legal Education

MOOC (2014)Stephen Colbran (CQUniversity (Australia), School of Business & Law) & Anthony Gilding (La Trobe University (Melbourne), Faculty of Business Economics & Law), MOOCs and the Rise of Online Legal Education, 63 J. Legal Educ. 405 (2014):

While it is not suggested that legal education in general will be provided through open online courses with participants numbering in the hundreds of thousands, these courses provide an opportunity to explore how universities, law schools and academic staff may change the way they teach and relate to students. Similarly the learning relationships between students also may change as a consequence of the new paradigm. ... There is little doubt that modern learning models are challenging for both student and teacher.5 But this question remains: How will law schools adapt to these changes?

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I would embrace a combination MOOC/apprenticeship path to practice. The langdellian law school model is pure nonsense, and very expensive nonsense at that. I year of law school (in classrooms) plus 2 years of MOOCs plus apprenticeship should be the preferred way to learn the profession.

No doubt this will result in a dearth of fine "scholarship" from the traditional law schools, but society will have to try to manage without it.

Posted by: Modest Proposal | Feb 19, 2014 8:29:30 AM