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Optimizing Legal Education through Technology-Driven Pedagogy

Jowi Tsidkenu P. Cruz 1, Jowi Jireh P. Cruz 2, Jocelyn P. Cruz 3, and Jowi Rapha P. Cruz 3
1. De La Salle University Physics Department, Manila City, Philippines
2. De La Salle Araneta University College of Education, Malabon City, Philippines
3. De La Salle University, Commercial Law Department, BAGCED, Manila City, Philippines

Abstract—Legal Education has its own realm of pedagogy that for quite some time have remained to be resistant to change. However, with the advent of an exponentially improving technology, it cannot be denied that a certain degree of transformation to legal education has been adapted by law schools. While the benefits are arguably evident, the extent and effectivity of these pedagogical tools have remained to be murky. This paper provides a brief overview on legal education and how technology pressures it to transform. It discusses how legal academics adapt to the changing need of times and how technology has become useful in furthering the potential of legal education. Many academicians who employ the use of technology realize its potential from the natural desire of 21st century learners to increase interaction over social media platforms and their unparalleled improvement in terms of digital literacy. The effect of using this however was noted to be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it was able to be a reliable support in teaching the law to students. At the same time, it presents several problems including academic dishonesty, loss of focus, misinformation, and passive learning. An increasing gap between web-connected learners versus those who are not is also stressed. In conclusion, the need to effectively integrate technology to legal education is key to making lawyers who are more prepared to real life applications. The attempt to integrate technology, when effectively done, will be beneficial to learners of the law.
Index Terms—technology-driven pedagogy, legal education, pedagogy, law studies, progressive learning

Cite: Jowi Tsidkenu P. Cruz, Jowi Jireh P. Cruz, Jocelyn P. Cruz, and Jowi Rapha P. Cruz, "Optimizing Legal Education through Technology-Driven Pedagogy," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 48-53, March 2021. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.7.1.48-53

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