Innovative technologies in UK legal education

Ryan, Francine and Mcfaul, Hugh (2020). Innovative technologies in UK legal education. In: Jones, Emma and Cownie, Fiona eds. Key Directions in Legal Education National and International Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 67–79.

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Abstract

Are law schools equipping graduates with the skills required for twenty-first-century legal practice? Should an understanding of the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on legal services now be a pre-requisite for the contemporary law degree? Will coding be as important as constitutional theory?

This chapter will argue that the digital age requires a commitment to developing the capacity of law students to respond to technological innovation. Practice-ready law graduates need more than a traditional legal skill base to navigate their way through a changing legal landscape. Law schools need to respond by developing a legal curriculum that equips law graduates to flourish in a digital environment.

The authors assess the impact of digital transformation on the legal profession and consider the implications for contemporary legal education, both in terms of content and pedagogy. They argue that pedagogical innovations can enhance the teaching of law and consider the extent to which technological literacy should be integrated into the curriculum.

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