Thursday, April 23, 2009
I had to laugh (and cry a little) when I read Robert Lanham's satiric course description and syllabus on Timothy McSweeney's website. The course, titled "Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era," is geared for the 21st-century "minimalist" whose favored genres include "Instant messaging. Twittering. Facebook updates."
Gee, I am thinking, the kids in this course are the law students of tomorrow. What kind of 21st-century law school curriculum should we be developing in a postprint era? Step aside, Carnegie Foundation. Here are some possibilities:
- LawLCats 101 ("I Can Haz Bar Review!")
- IM for M&A (Instant Messaging for Mergers & Acquisitions): "AIG's ABS are DOA" and "SWTHAYTTAHI"
- A new advocacy course (already being considered for trials), covering petwitions for certiorari and oral arguments on YouTube (wait, they're already doing that)
- The legal version of LivingSocial (Pick Your Top 5 Trials! Your Friends Have Challenged You to A MultiState Bar Exam Challenge!)
- iPhone study guides (wait, they're already doing that)
- EvWiidence and other Wii apps for lawyers (wait, they're already doing that)
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