1st Edition

Teaching Legal Education in the Digital Age Pedagogical Practices to Digitally Empower Law Graduates

Edited By Ann Thanaraj, Kris Gledhill Copyright 2023
    248 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Teaching Legal Education in the Digital Age explores how legal pedagogy and curriculum design should be modernised to ensure that law students have a realistic view of the future of the legal profession.

    Using future readiness and digital empowerment as central themes, chapters discuss the use of technology to enhance the design and delivery of the curriculum and argue the need for the curriculum to be developed to prepare students for the use of technology in the workplace. The volume draws together a range of contributions to consider the impact of digital pedagogies in legal education and propose how technology can be used in the law curriculum to enhance student learning in law schools and lead excellence in teaching. Throughout, the authors consider what it means to be future-ready and what we can do as law academics to facilitate the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed by future-ready graduates. 

    Part of Routledge’s series on Legal Pedagogy, this book will be of great interest to academics, post-graduate students, teachers and researchers of law, as well as those with a wider interest in legal pedagogy or legal practice.

    List of Editors and Contributors


    Chapter 1 Introduction: Exploring Becoming Future Ready

    Ann Thanaraj, Sara De Freitas, David Chaplin, Kris Gledhill

    Chapter 2 Bringing Land Law to Life: Lessons from the development and deployment of an immersive ‘Virtual Town’ in the teaching of Land Law

    Yulia Marunchak and Thomas Dunk 

    Chapter 3 Using virtual reality to enhance the law school curriculum

    Emma Jones, Francine Ryan, Hugh McFaul, David Vince, Lawrence Kizilkaya and Jamie Daniels

    Chapter 4 Twitteryvision: Using Twitter live chat to build Communities of Practice as a legal learning tool

    Matthew Homewood

    Chapter 5 Innovative Opportunities in Technology and the Law: The Virtual Legal Clinic

    Jacqueline Weinberg and Jeff Giddings

    Chapter 6 Developing a 21st century Legal ‘APP’titude: Observations from a Postgraduate Legal Technology Unit

    Kate Offer and Alex Cook

    Chapter 7 Online digital platforms for teaching law

    Vernon Rive

    Chapter 8 A blueprint for designing creativity into learning design

    Ann Thanaraj, Paul Durston, Sam Elkington

    Chapter 9 Legal Tech and Sustainability

    Ryan Murray and Helen Edwards

    Chapter 10 A Polish perspective on how ensuring access to legal information impacts access to justice and legal education

    Olga M. Piaskowska and Piotr F. Piesiewicz

    Chapter 11 Legal education meets computer science: an interdisciplinary approach to teaching LawTech

    Lucia Otoyo, Alan Russell, Kim Silver and Andy Unger

    Chapter 12 Integrating Innovation into a Law School Curriculum: The Galway Experience

    Rónán Kennedy

    Chapter 13 LawTech Education: A View from Oxford

    Rebecca Williams and Václav Janeček

    Chapter 14 A master’s degree: empowering digital-age lawyers in legal technology

    Cemile Cakir

    Chapter 15 Legal education as an anchor towards shaping and regulating the digital world: Models of Law-Tech curriculum

    Ann Thanaraj

    Chapter 16 Legal academics and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Kim Silver

    Chapter 17 Law Schools and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Ann Thanaraj



    Ann Thanaraj is Founder and Host of Digital Lawyering, an international initiative which brings together a global interdisciplinary audience to shape the direction of legal education fit for a digital age. Ann is Assistant Academic Registrar at Teesside University where she leads the digital transformation of learning and teaching institutionally. Ann is a Principal Fellow and National Teaching Fellow (AdvanceHE).

    Kris Gledhill is based at AUT Law School, Auckland, New Zealand and is the Series Editor of the Legal Pedagogy Series.