Convergence and fragmentation: legal research, legal informatics and legal education

Maharg, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9745-7717, 2014. Convergence and fragmentation: legal research, legal informatics and legal education. European Journal of Law and Technology, 5 (3). ISSN 2042-115X

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Fragmentation and convergence are two discoursal lenses that have been used to view changes that have taken place in the domains of legal services,the legal profession, regulation and legal education. While they may appear orthogon al, the relationships between them are intimate, sophisticated, constantly shifting and require much more analysis.
In this paper I shall argue that law schools need to engage with both processes for they are powerful actants upon the way we perceive our schools and our roles within them. They are also powerful forces upon what and how we teach, and the nature of the knowledge that is the focus of our heuristics. To exemplify this argument and to begin to examine its strength as a tool for analysis I shall focus on one area of legal education, namely the three fields of legal information literacies, legal informatics and legal writing. I shall argue that the sum of the convergence of all three would significantly improve the educational effects of the parts in our curricula. I shall explore how studies in New Media on media convergence give us models for such convergence, and can reveal the educational effects that the process may bring about.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Law and Technology
Creators: Maharg, P.
Publisher: School of Law, Queen's University of Belfast
Date: 2014
Volume: 5
Number: 3
ISSN: 2042-115X
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 12 Nov 2015 10:53
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2023 12:31

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