Video: “Some new-ish thoughts on post-pandemic Online Legal English (OLE)”

Post by Stephen Horowitz, Professor of Legal English

Following up on the recent post “Georgetown Legal English at the 2023 ILEAC Annual Conference,” here is a link to the video of the presentation by Daniel Edelson and me on the topic “Some new-ish thoughts on post-pandemic Online Legal English (OLE.)” In it, we shared some examples of OLE models and content from the Georgetown Online Legal English course as well as from the St. John’s Law OLE course and the USLawEssentials’ OLE courses.

Video Links

Below are three different links to the same video (so you have multiple options in case one doesn’t work for some reason.)

Presentation Summary

In particular, we focused on an approach we’ve been using called the “interactive textbook” model, which is a term we created to capture the feel of an asynchronous course that is set up sequentially and can be used as a self-guided course, but can also just as easily function as the text for an instructor-led course.

We also talked about the “Podcast Mini-Lesson” model, which is based on shorter episodes (i.e., 10 minutes or less) from the USLawEssentials Law & Language Podcast. The episodes are conversations between Daniel and me on, e.g., a legal English vocabulary word or a recent legal topic in the news that helps illustrate an aspect of the US legal system. And the episodes are paired with a short quiz. The idea is to break legal English learning into smaller, more digestible pieces that can be used or arranged in a variety of student-centered ways to serve the needs of learners. For example, they are tagged by themes such as Civil Litigation or Constitutional Law and can be accessed by those themes.

The aim of the Podcast Mini-Lesson is to make online legal English learning more engaging and also in a form that can fit into the schedules of busy lawyers and law students. That is, legal English study doesn’t have to stop at the end of a summer pre-LLM preparation course.

We also shared the results of our survey of law schools, conducted about one week prior to the conference, which showed that 11 out of 31 respondents offer or have offered some form of online legal English course, primarily in connection with pre-LLM preparation.

Lastly, we set up a Google Form–“Continue the OLE Discussion with Stephen, Daniel & others“– to gather together with others interested in discussing online legal English. Feel free to add your name if interested!

Links from the presentation

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