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Legal Education in the Digital Age


Ronald K. L. Collins, David M. Skover, Matthew T. Bodie, R. Anthony Reese, Lawrence A. Cunningham, John Palfrey, Gregory Silverman, Penny Hazelton, David Vladeck, Edward Rubin, Peggy Cooper Davis
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107637597

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  • During the coming decades, the digital revolution that has transformed so much of our world will transform legal education as well. The digital production and distribution of course materials will powerfully affect both the content and the way materials are used in the classroom and library. This collection of essays by leading legal scholars in various fields explores three aspects of this coming transformation. The first set of essays discusses the way digital materials will be created and how they will change concepts of authorship as well as methods of production and distribution. The second set explores the impact of digital materials on law school classrooms and law libraries and the third set considers the potential transformation of the curriculum that the materials are likely to produce. Taken together, these essays provide a guide to momentous changes that every legal teacher and scholar needs to understand.

    • Provides a general guide to the creation, use and potential effects of digital course materials in law schools
    • First general discussion of the way that the digital revolution will affect the creation, distribution, use and impact of law school course materials
    • Offers a wealth of ideas for law teachers and law librarians to take advantage of coming technological changes
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    '… a well researched, well-thought-out book … an enjoyable and quick read.' Kim Clarke, Canadian Law Library Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107637597
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Creating Digital Teaching Materials:
    1. The digital path of the law Ronald K. L. Collins and David M. Skover
    2. Open source and the reinvention of legal education Matthew T. Bodie
    3. Copyright and innovation in legal course materials R. Anthony Reese
    Part II. Teaching with Digital Course Materials:
    4. Digital evolution in law school course books: trade-offs, opportunities and vigilance Lawrence A. Cunningham
    5. Smarter law school casebooks John Palfrey
    6. Law games: the importance of virtual worlds and video games for the future of legal education Gregory Silverman
    7. Law students and the new law library: an old paradigm Penny Hazelton
    Part III. Reforming the Curriculum through Digital Course Materials:
    8. Law school 2.0: course books in the digital age David Vladeck
    9. The new course book and the new law school curriculum Edward Rubin
    10. Casebooks, learning theory and the need to manage uncertainty Peggy Cooper Davis.

  • Editor

    Edward Rubin, Vanderbilt University School of Law
    Edward Rubin is University Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University. After clerking on the US Court of Appeals for Judge Jon Newman, he practiced entertainment law in New York City. He then taught law at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt, where he served as Dean from 2005 to 2009. He is the author of Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons (with Malcolm Feeley), Beyond Camelot: Rethinking Politics and Law for the Modern State, and Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise (with Malcolm Feeley). He is also the author of two casebooks: The Regulatory State (with Lisa Bressman and Kevin Stack) and The Payments System: Cases, Materials and Issues (with Robert Cooter) and the editor of Minimizing Harm: A New Crime Policy for Modern America.


    Ronald K. L. Collins, David M. Skover, Matthew T. Bodie, R. Anthony Reese, Lawrence A. Cunningham, John Palfrey, Gregory Silverman, Penny Hazelton, David Vladeck, Edward Rubin, Peggy Cooper Davis

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