Saturday, April 21, 2007

thinking like a lawyer -- in the 21st century

Most law professors who teach first-year students will acknowledge that we try to hone certain specific cognitive skills in our students.  Now definitely going on my "to-read" list is PCs and CALR: Changing the Way Lawyers Think, by Elizabeth McKenzie and Susan Vaughn at Sufflok University. Their draft is available on SSRN, and here's their abstract:

"Computers are changing the way lawyers and judges think. The authors measured differences in analogical reasoning in briefs and decisions written before computers were used in law, and now. They argue that the changes found mandate changes in legal education, that students need more emphasis on careful reading and analysis."


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