Enriching Globalization With Low Cost Tech & Social Media: Serving More than One Goal at a Time

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This presentation explores the types of low cost tech and social media tools that can be used to enrich globalization and legal education in general and the reasons why legal educations should use these tools.

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Enriching Globalization With Low Cost Tech & Social Media: Serving More than One Goal at a Time

  1. 1. Enriching Globalization Studies With Low Cost Tech & Social Media: Serving More Than 1 Goal at a Time Michele DeStefano Professor, University of Miami School of Law Founder, LawWithoutWalls AALS 2014
  2. 2. Road Map
  3. 3. U.S. Law Market
  4. 4. U.S. Legal Education
  5. 5. “Certain things. They should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” - JD Salinger, Catcher in the Rye 36 Year Old Twinkie
  6. 6. Rising Costs
  7. 7. Enrollment Plummets 2010-2013: From 50,000 to 38,000
  8. 8. But not at Harvard Law School . .. • • • • Seton Hall Down 43% Hamline Down 55% Applications down 38% 2010-2013 AND even Harvard Law School has fewer applications – Harvard accepted 16% of applicants for 2015 vs. 11% year prior
  9. 9. Predicting Law School Closings
  10. 10. Law School Market + Globalization
  11. 11. Everyone is Affected by Globalization
  12. 12. Law School Market + Globalization + Innovation
  13. 13. Multi-Disciplinary Open Collaboration is the Key to Innovation
  14. 14. So Many Reasons To Use Technology “The sign of a good decision is the multiplicity of reasons for it. If more than one goal is served, then a decision is more likely to be wise.” - Russel, Children of God
  15. 15. Good & Bad Uses of Tech Time, Space, Place
  16. 16. So Many Options (Not All Good)
  17. 17. Asynchronous
  18. 18. On-Line Education: MOOCs
  19. 19. 2012 “Year of MOOC” For Profit • Coursera: – – – – More than 2 Million Registrants Some classes more than 100,000 students Over 370 courses Partnerships with over 30 institutions including Brown, Princeton, and Columbia • Udacity 25 courses NonProfit – Harvard and MIT EdX Non-profit $30 million and 35courses
  20. 20. Free of Charge but not for Long Sell Names to Employers, Credit, Certificates
  21. 21. Mostly Computer Science & Math
  22. 22. But Also Legal Education Non-Credit • Case Western Professor Michael Scharf MOOC international criminal law (Coursera) • UCL Dame Hazel MOOC English common law, (Coursera) • Harvard„s Professor William Fisher MOOC copyright law EdX) • Yale„s Professor Akhil Amar MOOC constitutional law (Coursera 2014)
  23. 23. But Also Legal Education For Credit • University of Akron School of Law MOOC Commercial Paper for course • On Line LLM Degrees e.g., Washington University
  24. 24. And Around the World
  25. 25. Some Upsides & Downsides
  26. 26. Potential Upsides • • • • • • Cost/Efficiency Size Fast & peer feedback Global Talent Convenience
  27. 27. Potential Downsides • • • • Testing/Grading (peer assessment) Cheating Quality ABA Rules – 12 credits max for distance learning courses – 4 credits max of distance learning in any semester – No distance learning course for credit during first year of law school
  28. 28. Pressure on the ABA
  29. 29. Synchronous
  30. 30. Ain‟t Nothing Like the Real Thing
  31. 31. Depends on the Real Thing
  32. 32. Synchronous May Be More Up Close & Personal
  33. 33. Synchronous: Your Class Blackboard, Google Drive, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, One on-line
  34. 34. Synchronous: Multi-University
  35. 35. LWOW X
  36. 36. Adobe Connect
  37. 37. The Future: Blended
  38. 38. INNOVATING LEGAL EDUCA TION AND PRACTICE MICHELE DESTEFANO FOUNDER, LAWWITHOUTWALLS PROFESSOR OF LAW
  39. 39. INNOVATING LEGAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE Part-virtual collaboratory Develops 21st century lawyering skills Law + Business + Technology + Innovation
  40. 40. 26 Law & Business Schools 45+ Students Bifröst University (Iceland) Stanford Law School Fordham Law School Tel Aviv University (Israel) Harvard Law School University College London (UK) IE Business School (Spain) University of Miami Law IE Law School (Spain) University of Montreal Law Indiana University Law University of São Paulo (Brazil) National Law School of India University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) New York Law School University of Sydney Law (Australia) Peking University STL (China) Wharton School of Business Pontifical Catholic U (Chile) York University School of Business Sciences Po Business (France) York University School of Law Sciences Po Law (France) Witwatersrand Law (South Africa)
  41. 41. Three Parts to LawWithoutWalls 1. KickOff in person 2. Virtual Dynamic Teaming & weekly Virtual Sessions 3. ConPosium in person
  42. 42. DOCCs
  43. 43. DOCCs – Central Video
  44. 44. DOCCs - No Single Best Way
  45. 45. DOCCs- More than 1 Talking Head
  46. 46. Professor Michele DeStefano: Innovation Tech & the Law Course • In Person Component: • One hour in-person class sessions that include a mix of teaming and skills-based exercises along with explorative sessions on entrepreneurial ventures and innovations in the law • On-Line Component: • Assigned, pre-recorded 2-hour Virtual Thought Leader Session (VTLS) from LawWithoutWalls. • Assigned relevant reading materials on the weekly topics addressed by these sessions.
  47. 47. Professor Michele DeStefano: Innovation Tech & the Law Course Semester Work: Students write weekly response papers that package their learnings from the readings, the research they conducted, and the VTLS into a provoking 1-2 page thought-piece. Final Projects: Student teams develop a 6-7 minute ignite-style presentation on any topic, idea, or business solution that is a technological innovation in the law involving Class Cloud: All course materials, WRPs, and assignments will be ]in a folders on Google Drive
  48. 48. The Future . . . Can‟t Be Just on Cost
  49. 49. Tech: A Tool to Add Value
  50. 50. A Path: Not An End in Itself

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