The Law Simulation Series: Legal Research

The Law Simulation Series: Legal Research 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.

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Working as an intern at the Anytown, USA law firm of Murphy, Miller & Dorn the student is assigned research tasks 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 practice and reinforce classroom lessons on researching, interpreting and applying law to resolve legal problems.

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 research and document preparation are an integral part of client representation. 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: Legal Research will develop and refine are:

  • Ability to locate, read, and evaluate primary and secondary print and electronic sources of law
  • Ability to cite print and electronic sources of law
  • Ability to synthesize multiple sources of law
  • Ability to use legal research in the analysis and resolution of client problems
  • Ability to practice effective time management
  • Ability to draft legal memoranda and other legal documents
  • Ability to use technology to further client representation
  • Understanding the role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services
  • Understanding the legal and ethical principles that guide the behavior and conduct of all legal professionals.


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