Deep Dive: Teaching Legal Research in Practice: Designing and Teaching Simulation Research Courses in Practice-Specific Settings (D7)

Date/Time: Monday, July 17, 2017: 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Coordinator/Speaker: David Hansen
Speakers: Timothy Gallina, Southern Methodist University; Leslie Street, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tracks: Reference, Research & Client Services; Teaching

The teaching premise of simulation courses is that students learn best when they have an opportunity to work in an environment that closely mirrors practice. For legal research, where learning-by-doing almost always beats pure lecturing, this model works particularly well. This session reports on the design and implementation of four practice-specific advanced legal research simulation courses at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and at SMU Dedman School of Law, situated in corporate and transactional, litigation, intellectual property and technology, and global practice settings. Further, the speakers will provide insights about what staff and students have learned in this process, as well as give participants a plan for creating these types of courses themselves. (This program will complement Sunday’s Deep Dive: Advance Toward Experiential: Create or Retool Your Advanced Legal Research Course to Meet the ABA Experiential Learning Standards.) Please note: This deep dive session is scheduled for 2.5 hours, running across both the ‘D’ and ‘E’ time slots.

NOTE: Due to the structure of this program, it was not recorded, however, you can view the program’s supplemental materials here.