The Law Simulation Series: Introduction to Law is part of a series of simulated, experiential learning environments designed to provide students with an interactive law office environment suitable for the development and refinement of competencies needed for the real-world legal workplace.
Learn more about the Law Simulation Series and view a demo video at www.aspenlaw.com/experience.
Working as an intern at the Anytown, USA law firm of Murphy, Miller & Dorn the student will be introduced to the law office, legal policies and procedures and substantive legal topics relating to five litigation client files. Assigned work is part of a supplied Task List that is designed to first indoctrinate and then challenge the student. The simulation provides a realistic environment in which the student may learn how a law office deals with a variety of ethical and substantive legal issues in areas such as contract law, business law and personal injury law.
The instructor may follow the Task List directly, which will simulate approximately 15-20 hours of work, or customize the assignments by selecting only those client files and/or tasks that relate to the course material. The instructor may also supplement the work by uploading additional tasks, sample forms, and documents.
During his days at the office, the student will encounter avatars of a law partner, the office manager, a paralegal and an administrative assistant who will guide the student’s work. Through audio and video files the student will sit in on meetings and learn directly from other law office personnel how the law office operates efficiently and within the boundaries of ethics and professional responsibility in its representation of its clients. Audio and video files will be available to the student for replay in order to reinforce lessons. In addition, the student will also have access to the firm’s policies and procedures manual and an extensive form bank of the law office’s administrative forms and sample documents.
In order to monitor the student’s work product and provide learning and feedback, conferences with the instructor (referred to in the simulation as the “Supervising Attorney”) are included in the task timeline. The flexibility and multiple uses of the simulation allow for those conference times to be one-on-one, by email, or during class time as an entire class works within the law office environment. An instructor resource center includes rubric/grading guides, links to additional teaching resources and supplemental assignments and projects that can be used to customize the student’s daily assignments.
Among the skills The Law Simulation Series: Introduction to Law will develop and refine are:
- Understanding the role of the paralegal and other law office personnel in the delivery of legal services.
- Understanding the rules of ethics and professional responsibility and how these rules relate to the practice of law
- Ability to perform critical analysis of client legal issues
- Ability to practice effective time management
- Understanding law office policies and procedures
- Ability to use technology to further client representation
- Ability to apply knowledge of the basic principles of law that control the various legal specialties to the representation of law office clients