The reports of the demise of traditional law school teaching methods have been greatly exaggerated, however. Historically, reforms in legal education have moved glacially. For reasons described in this Article, it is unlikely that law schools and the American Bar Association will radically restructure legal education in the coming decades, regardless of any potential benefits. Part I of this Article provides a short history of legal education and the introduction of technology into legal education. Part H examines the potential use of technology to enhance traditional law school teaching, or to replace it with "classroom-free" or "extended classroom" teaching methods. Part III examines the benefits of using technology to enhance or replace traditional law school teaching methods, and Part IV. examines the costs of using technology and institutional obstacles that could prevent technology from replacing traditional law school teaching methods. Finally, Part V attempts to predict the manner in which technology ultimately will be incorporated into law school teaching in the twenty-first century.
Stephen M. Johnson, Legal Education in the Digital Age, 2000 Wis. L. Rev. 85 (2000).