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Online Simulations for Teaching Professional Legal Skills

https://doi.org/10.17803/2313-5395.2021.4.18.519-545

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Experiential learning approach in legal education is a global influential trend. Legal clinics is one of the most obvious examples of including experiential learning approach into the educational curriculum for law students. The main educational value of legal clinics is a providing training opportunity for students to apply their legal knowledge and skills in professional simulations like role plays of interviewing, counselling, negotiations, mock trials (first instance hearing) and moot courts (appeal hearing). These type of training programs allow law students to test their ability to client-oriented and problem-solving. The Russian legal clinics community has been actively developing since the mid of 1990s for more than 30 years. More than 100 Law Schools over Russia have own legal clinics. Clinicians overview their experience and share this experience between clinicians community. At the same time only relevantly small part of law students have access to effective training of legal skills because of various reasons, but mostly because of relevantly small number of legal educators who use the experiential-learning approach. Transition of experiential-learning best practices into online format is a good tool of scaling the number of students who could be trained in legal skills significantly. The paper describes the collection of unsupervised online learning modules devoted to legal skills, including case strategy, interviewing, counselling, legal writing and trial skills. These unsupervised online learning modules are developed based on modern instructional approaches to developing of online educational courses. The piloting of the unsupervised online learning modules demonstrates that these modules might be used as a supplementary educational tool and as a part of main educational curriculum for law students.

About the Author

M. R. Voskobitova
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Free University of Berlin
Germany

Maria R. Voskobitova, Cand. Sci. (Law), Professor

16-18 Kaiserswerther Str., Berlin 14195
Chicago



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Voskobitova M.R. Online Simulations for Teaching Professional Legal Skills. Kutafin Law Review. 2021;8(4):519-545. https://doi.org/10.17803/2313-5395.2021.4.18.519-545

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