Monday, February 21, 2011

Law firm uses videogame to evaluate job candidates

From the online ABA Journal:

Dutch law firm Houthoff Buruma teamed up with Ranj Serious Games to create “The Game” to help the firm "find the talented students since grades often have nothing to do with it," Legal Current reported.

Players of "The Game"—graduating law students in the Netherlands—are given a complex legal scenario wherein they must represent a Chinese state-owned company as it plans to take over a Dutch family company. The players are split into teams of up to five people, given 90 minutes to confront problems as they arise and persuade enough shareholders to sell their shares. The fast-paced legal challenge ascertains how lawyers cope with stressful situations, bombarding them with CNN news flashes, video and text chats, film clips, e-mails and more than 100 fictional documents. Once the game ends, the results are displayed, and each team is given the opportunity to justify their solutions.

Click here to read more and watch a video from "The Game."


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Perhaps "serious gaming" (a term of art) offers the prospect of integrating doctrinal education with simulation in the legal skills curriculum, Jim. See

Posted by: Joe Hodnicki | Feb 22, 2011 4:12:25 PM

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