Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Palfrey on The Role of Technology in the Law School Curriculum

PalfreyJohn G. Palfrey, Jr. (Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society) has published an interesting op-ed in the National Law Journal:  The Law School Curriculum: What is Technology's Role?:

The Harvard Law School faculty recently voted in favor of substantial changes to our first-year curriculum. ...  One question that remains unanswered is whether there's a place for technology in the law school curriculum....

Technology for technology's sake, even if it's cool, is not the point. Technology in law schools makes sense only in the service of pedagogy. Law schools already turn out graduates who are excellent critical thinkers. Law schools that figure out how to work technology into the curriculum might be able to produce lawyers who are able to use technology to apply these critical thinking skills in a way that is transformative-for their practice, their clients and their societies at large.

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