University of Denver

Simulations

In the traditional classroom setting, students tend to interpret the knowledge and ideas in terms of that setting rather than in terms of the environment where the knowledge and ideas are needed. Hence, a divide exists between how students engage with the course content and how they will need to engage and use the legal doctrine in a real-world context. This divide often has a negative impact on learner motivation and on the learning process itself. In contrast, research has shown that real-world learning experiences have a positive impact on learner motivation and learning. The integration of a simulation into a course is one teaching strategy that can bridge this divide and serve to align classroom and real-world expectations. 

A simulation is designed so that it will, as much as possible, mimic a real client situation so that students can explore, experiment with, and understand it before engaging with a live client. In a law school course, a simulation provides a structure through which students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that define an aspect of the legal profession. Whole course simulations are those in which the simulation becomes integrated throughout the course, and in fact forms the core around which the content of the class is delivered. These sorts of simulations can be particularly effective in merging law school content with legal practice.

Multi-Stage Alternative Dispute Resolution Simulations

Professor and ETL Fellow John Lande of the University of Missouri School of Law has helped bring together a collection of resources for law school professors who teach Alternative Dispute Resolution or who use ADR simulations in their classes. The website is intended to be a place where professors...

John Lande: A Negotiation Course for the Real World

In this video, Professor John Lande discusses his negotiation course at the University of Missouri School of Law. The course is designed to provide students with the most realistic understanding of how lawyers actually negotiate in the real world. "Law schools need to do an especially good job of...

Some Ideas for Preparing Law Students for Real-World Practice

This powerpoint presentation discusses practical problem-solving issues and simulations, as used by Professor John Lande of the University of Missouri School of Law. The presentation covers the increase in need for practical skills training and collaboration among law professors to refine and apply...

Suggestions for Using Multi-Stage Simulations in Law School Courses

This article by Professor John Lande provides suggestions for using multi-stage simulations, primarily in negotiation and other dispute resolution courses, though the principles can be applied in single-stage simulations and other law school courses as well. These suggestions are based on his...

Lessons from Teaching Students to Negotiate Like a Lawyer

This article reports John Lande's observations from teaching his Negotiation course and offers suggestions for future efforts to improve legal education, particularly through negotiation and other dispute resolution courses. It is a follow-up to his other article, Teaching Students to Negotiate...

Teaching Students to Negotiate Like a Lawyer

Teaching students to negotiate effectively is central to their thinking, acting, and being like good lawyers. Virtually all lawyers spend much of their time negotiating, whether they deal with disputes or transactions. So law school negotiation courses should provide the most realistic possible...

Interview with Professor Corrada: Labor Law

Roberto Corrada is a law professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In this interview, Professor Corrada describes his teaching methodology for his simulation-based labor law course.

Roberto Corrada: Labor Law Class at DU

Roberto Corrada is a law professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. This video gives an overview of the Labor Relations Law course he offers to upper level students.

David Thomson: Discovery Practicum Overview

David Thomson is a law professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Here, he gives an overview of his Discovery Practicum course, which is a semester-long simulation.

Student Perspective: Family Law with Skills Course

Erin McGrath is a third year law student at Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law. In this video, she discusses her experience in the Family Law with Skills course taught by professors Andy Schepard and Herbie DiFonzo.

Herbie DiFonzo: Family Law with Skills Course

Herbie DiFonzo is law professor at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Here, he discusses the reformulation of the family law curriculum to integrate exposure to practice skills.

Andy Schepard: Family Law with Skills Course

Andy Schepard is a law professors at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Here, he gives an overview of the content and goals of the Family Law with Skills course.

Negotiating Business Transactions: An Extended Simulation Course

This textbook was developed by the instructors of the International Business Negotiations course and is used to facilitate the various aspects of the course. Negotiating Business Transactions: An Extended Simulation Course contains factual and contextual materials, negotiating instructions for each...

Paper: Simulation of Union Organizing in a Labor Law Class

Noticing that many of his students lacked the experience of working in unionized environments, Professor Corrada at the University of Denver created a simulation experience in his Labor Relations Law course that allows students to form a union and bargain with the professor over the terms and...

Law School 2.0: Legal Education for A Digital Age

Professor David Thomson authored Law School 2.0 , a book about how technology can play an important role in facilitating change in legal education. The book describes how this storm of a generational change both should and will transform the face of legal education as we know it today. It covers...

Skills & Values: Discovery Practice Textbook

Professor Thomson authored the required textbook for his Discovery Practicum at the University of Denver. The textbook, Skills & Values: Discovery Practice , provides students excellent teaching materials for this pre-trial course. The textbook is problem-based, providing a rich learning...

Paper: Implementing FLER - Family Law with Skills

Professors Andrew Schepard and Herbie DiFonzo created the Family Law with Skills course at Hofstra University in response to the Family Law Education Reform Project Report’s finding that law schools were not adequately producing practice-ready family law attorneys. The course works to combine...

Extended Simulation Article by Finkelstein and Bradlow

This article describes an innovative approach to educating law students about the legal issues and the role of lawyers in negotiating international business transactions. It is based on the authors’ experiences in developing and teaching a course that is built around a semester-long simulation...